Jackson Dean Is ‘Excited’ To Join Blake Shelton On The Back To The Honky Tonk Tour

Country newcomer Jackson Dean is slated to kick off the first month of 2023 with a series of shows on…

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Madeleine O’Connell

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January 9, 2023

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Country newcomer Jackson Dean is slated to kick off the first month of 2023 with a series of shows on his own before hitting the road for Blake Shelton’s Back to the Honky Tonk Tour. Dean will serve as a special guest alongside Carly Pearce on this 18-date run. 

Even though the 22-year-old singer/songwriter hasn’t gotten the chance to interact with Shelton yet, he expressed his eagerness to finally connect and learn from the superstar throughout the entirety of this experience. 

Jackson Dean; Photo by Robby Stevens

“Goin’ out with Blake and Carly man, I mean, gettin’ to watch Carly every night do her thing, and then I’ve never seen Blake, and I’ve not met him, but I am excited to go and play with him,” he shared. 

Dean also revealed a bit of insight into what fans can expect the production to look like from the stage each night. 

“I actually saw a layout of the stage for all those shows, and there’s the stage, a 50-foot cat walk, and then a diamond out in the middle of the floor, where the bar is on the outside and the inside of the diamond somehow,” he explained. “It’s gonna be interesting. I have no idea what I’m gonna do but it’s gonna be fun.”

The Voice judge seems to match Dean’s excitement for the upcoming set of shows and the group of artists who will be joining him. He announced the tour in September, letting fans know he plans to throw “one hell of a party in 2023.”

“There’s nothing like getting out on the road and taking music to the fans,” Shelton shared in a press release. “I feel just as excited to step on stage and perform as I did the very first time. I know my tour mates Carly Pearce and Jackson Dean feel the same, and I can’t wait for y’all to get to know them better. Break out the hats and boots, ‘cause we’re going back to the honky tonk!”

The tour will launch on February 16 in Lincoln, Nebraska and continue with several stops in cities including St. Paul, MN, Birmingham, AL, Louisville, KY and more before wrapping up on March 25 in Buffalo, New York.

New Single

Dean will be incorporating his own collection of new tracks and fan favorites in his setlist, including his new single, “Fearless (The Echo).” The original version of the track is featured on his debut album, Greenbroke, however, he recently rerecorded the track to reflect his current vocal abilities. 

Written by Dean with Luke Dick and Jonathan Scott Sherwood, this song dares fear to look him straight in the eyes. Confidence stands out among anything that tries to take him down, but as Dean sings in the chorus, “I got thick skin, I’ll dive in, I’m fearless / Except when it comes to you.”

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“Fearless” serves as a follow-up to Dean’s first No. 1 single, “Don’t Come Lookin.” His breakout hit made history as it topped the Country Aircheck/ Radio & Records’ chart, cementing Dean as the youngest male in not just Aircheck, but Radio & Records’ history to top the charts with his debut single. 

According to a press release, Dean, 22, is the fourth youngest overall following behind Gabby Barrett, Kelsea Ballerini, and Marie Osmond. 

“It’s hard to wrap my head around,” Dean claimed. 

As a result of his hard work, determination and increasing popularity among the country music community, Jackson Dean has been added to the list of Country Now’s Artists To Watch in 2023. Megan Moroney, Bailey Zimmerman, Ashley Cooke and more are also among the featured trailblazers that Country Now has chosen to keep a close eye on this year. 

Dean still has a few shows left before he embarks on Shelton’s headlining tour. Click HERE for a complete list of Jackson Dean’s upcoming tour dates.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.