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Scott Shelters, The Post Journal, Jamestown, NY March 15th 2012
Returning To His Roots, Rohm Releases New CD, Will Rock Ice Arena Friday Night
Following the release of his seventh studio album, Southwestern High School graduate Jackson Rohm will show local fans the edgier side of his musical talents during a Friday night show at Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.

He has released a variety of songs throughout his two decades as a full-time, professional musician, but Rohm decided to return to his roots with the release of "Blindsided."

Rohm entered an Atlanta recording studio with his long-time collaborator, Aaron Thompson, with more than 20 newly written songs at his disposal. He and Thompson, the album's producer, ultimately settled on a 12-track CD.

Despite Rohm's return to a pop-rock sound, he doesn't expect his country-loving fans will dislike "Blindsided" due to the album's diversity.

"I dabble in a variety of genres," he said. "It's hard to pin down how to categorize any of my CDs. Overall, I wanted to put out something that was a little more rockin' and still poppy. I tried to write the hooks and keep my lyrics relatable. This album is definitely different from the previous two anyway, and I hope people dig it."

Rohm described his sixth album, "Acoustic Sessions," as "an MTV Unplugged kind of thing." Prior to that, he recorded his fifth release, country album "Long Way from Moving On," in 2008. He had previously recorded pop-rock songs such as "Rio" and "Gasoline and Matches" that gained radio play in the Jamestown-Warren area.

As has been a staple throughout Rohm's career, he wrote all of the "Blindsided" songs on acoustic guitar, and that sound bleeds through on each of the 12 tracks. Rohm calls the record "acoustic-based pop" and doesn't plan to ditch his unplugged sound anytime soon since he plays the majority of his shows as a solo-acoustic act. He'll play unaccompanied in the Arena Club on Friday night.

"Any of these songs can be pulled off with just one acoustic guitar, but I wanted a full band in the studio and to get back to something a little more high-energy," Rohm said. "I think it will be a welcome return for the fans of mine who like the rock stuff over the country. Hopefully, the country fans won't be too let down and will be receptive to this sound as well."

Rohm plans to play several songs from "Blindsided," many of his older tunes and some covers Friday night and throughout his current tour, which will take him from Ohio to Florida to New York and back again.

He has hundreds of cover tunes at his disposal, including songs by artists such as Cat Stevens, Zac Brown Band, Pearl Jam and many others.

"I enjoy doing stuff that's new to me," he said. "As great a song as 'Brown Eyed Girl' is, I'm a little tired of playing it. I'll still play it if people want to hear it. I'm happy to do whatever people want to hear, but for the most part, I love playing my own music. I think every artist does. You've got to deliver what they want, so cover songs are always a part of my set as well."

PLAYING WHAT HE WANTS

As an independent recording artist, Rohm doesn't have record-label executives breathing down his neck, telling him what to write and record. Although he wants to create music his fans will enjoy and buy, Rohm shifted back to a pop-rock sound to please himself more than anyone else, and he is more than happy with the song quality and songwriting displayed on "Blindsided."

"It's a matter of personal preference for this record," he said. "I wanted to get some raunchy electric guitars on there, so I wrote songs that I thought would suit that kind of production."

Rohm doesn't know which of the dozen "Blindsided" tunes will resonate most with DJs and music fans. However, some of the album's more rockin' tunes such as "Superglue," "Blue Skies and Butterflies" and "Make up Your Mind" have received positive feedback so far.

The title track is the most personal of the 12 for Rohm.

"I'm now engaged to the girl I met a year and a half ago," he said. "I wrote that song shortly after we started dating. That's a song that I hope people will dig and might be able to relate to the lyrics."

Rohm, who is in the process of moving from Cleveland to Buffalo to live with his fiancee, doesn't know what his future in the music industry will hold. He might return to Nashville in a couple years to record another country album, or he could stick with the pop-rock vibe of "Blindsided." He knows he has a busy spring and summer of touring ahead of him. He wants to keep recording and performing for live audiences, and he's happy with where he's at.

"I never want to be the house band playing the same bar every Friday night with same clientele - the same set list," he said. "It's cool to go new places and see new faces in the crowd. No matter what happens in my life, I still intend to record and to continue. I don't predict that I'll be out there touring with any big artist, playing these gigantic stages at any point in my life. Whether I chose it or not, that's where I am, and I'm content with it."

Admission to Rohm's Friday night arena show is $7 and includes all fees. The all-ages show will begin at 7. Call 484-2624 or visit jamestownarena.com for tickets.

Nicholas Pircio, The Villager, Ellicottville, NY March 15th, 2012
Jackson Rohm at Jamestown Ice Arena
Local recording artist Jackson Rohm brings his “Blindsided” CD Release Show to the Jamestown Ice Arena this Friday, March 16th. Judging from recent comments posted on “Facebook,” his many fans are eagerly awaiting the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
Jackson Rohm grew up in Jamestown, and is a 1989 graduate of Southwestern High School. He released his first full-length CD, “Twisted and Misguided,” in 2000. Since then, he’s recorded six more CDs, and has opened for acts including Edwin McCain and Sister Hazel. Rohm is currently living in Cleveland, and is in the process of moving to Buffalo. He’s been playing in Chicago this week.
It turns out that performing music is where Jackson has always wanted to be, though at first it was just for fun. He’s run the gamut from pop rock to country. His latest effort leans more toward a pop rock flavor, featuring twelve songs. “And I have written all of them.” He adds, “I’ve played all genres, but this show at the Ice Arena will be just me and my guitar.”
“I picked up the electric guitar when I was about thirteen.” His friends played, “and I just wanted to be part of the band.” Going off to college, Rohm drifted away to other interests and did not consider music a career path. Still, he continued to perform at a local bar on Wednesday nights, “Just playing cover songs and the like.”
Rohm took a year off before heading to law school, but when he got there, he realized his heart was in music. “I took a leave of absence from law school and never went back.” That was twenty years ago, and he’s been “making it work and plugging away” ever since. Would he ever go back to law school? “I’m not going to do it, I refuse, and I couldn’t hack it.”
The March 16th show in Jamestown will feature ten or twelve new tracks, along with more familiar material. “It’s an all-ages show, so the kids who can’t come to my other shows will be at this one. I enjoy it. It’s a different setting. It will be nice this time not to have age restrictions. It should be an absolute blast, and I’m looking forward to it.”
If you’re looking to catch Jackson Rohm locally, this is your only chance between now and Memorial Day weekend. He anticipates doing a number of local venues at that time.
Tickets for the Jackson Rohm All-Ages CD Release event at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena are available at the ice arena box office, or at www.jamestownicearena.com. Tickets are $7, which includes all ticketing charges.

Scott Kindberg, The Post Journal, Jamestown, NY June 30th, 2010
Jackson Rohm Sing Anthem At Wrigley Field
CHICAGO - Jackson Rohm has sung at plenty of venues in front of thousands of people during his 15-year career as a professional recording artist, but the 1989 Southwestern Central School graduate admitted that he was "nervous and out of my element'' on Monday night.

Of course, belting out the national anthem at Wrigley Field prior to a Chicago Cubs baseball game will make even the most seasoned performer a bit uneasy.

"When the (public-address announcer) said, 'Please rise and remove your caps,' you could hear a pin drop in there," Rohm said via cell phone Tuesday afternoon. "Getting that first word out was the hardest part. ... If you don't have complete vocal range, that song can be unforgiving.

"I was a little nervous, because I'd sung Thursday, Friday and Saturday - four-hour shows each - so I wanted to be sure my voice was rested."

Thanks to spending a relaxing Sunday at a friend's condominium in the Windy City, practice sessions in the shower and in the car, and drinking plenty of tea, Rohm's vocal chords were in tip-top form for the 38,512 fans who filled one of the most storied venues in sports to root on the Cubbies against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

By Rohm's estimates, his performance was well received.

"I stayed and watched the game," he said, "and when I went to get a hot dog and a beer people were telling me, 'Nice job.' I didn't get any heckling."

One fan, in fact, said he liked the "unique rendition," adding it sounded "more soulful."

"I'll take that," Rohm said. "It's been a nice response."

Rohm, 39, has some experience singing the "Star Spangled Banner" at a major league game. He did so three years ago at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the White Sox. That gig, in combination with some other connections in Chicago, afforded him a chance to sing for the Cubs on Monday night. That date was confirmed in late winter.

"I jumped at the chance to do it," Rohm said. "... It was a highlight. I hope to do it again. Hopefully, they'll have me back next summer."

After the game - the Pirates won, 2-1 - Rohm and 65 or 70 friends who had tickets for the game met at a bar nearby.

"I was flattered and thrilled that that many people came out for that," Rohm said.

Rohm, who was traveling through Indiana on Tuesday, is scheduled to perform at the Village Casino in Bemus Point on Friday.

He's guessing that he won't be performing the national anthem in his return to Chautauqua County.

"It's one of those challenging things,'' he said. "You have to start as low as you can. If not, you'll be in a heap of trouble by the time you get to the 'rocket's red glare.'"

When the spotlight was the brightest, though, Rohm did Francis Scott Key proud.

Sally Stauffer, The Post Journal, Jamestown, NY, May 31st, 2010
Homegrown Talent
Jackson Rohm. He appears, it seems, tall and serious, stepping down from the stage equipment used with his band, coming forward for a conversation as he would with an old friend.

A million-dollar smile suddenly creases across his face and he is lively with courtesy and eager conversation about his life and musical career, often far from Chautauqua County. But he is a native son, nevertheless. Willingly, he talks about his roots, his education and career evolvement since he began singing professionally in 1989.

Jackson is in residence for a holiday but is also performing at the Village Casino in Bemus Point that night. He seems to have all the time in the world, and in this break from rehearsals, he reflects on leaving Jamestown and forging his career. Born in 1971, Jackson graduated from Southwestern Central School in 1989, a track star then and still maintaining the lithe, lean look of a runner. He attended Miami University of Ohio on a track scholarship, graduating with a degree in finance which he says has been helpful in maintaining control over his blossoming career. It was after graduation that he began earnestly pursuing music as a full-time occupation. He credits the unquestioned support of his family as instrumental in establishing a foundation for his music interests, though he had enrolled in law school. One dedicated comment on a CD reads: "Thank you to my parents for not disowning me when I traded law school for this musician's life. I'll never trade it back."

Jackson says he "loves the welcome he always gets coming home" and, like many others, loves the beautiful Chautauqua County countryside. Even while his music interests flourish, he also spends any free time traveling the world, visiting Spain, Australia and other places as well. And he continues an interest in sports, with water and snow skiing. His career schedule has him booked tightly until October.

His musical style, captured on six CDs currently in circulation, vary from ballads to smooth listening to songs that seem to reverberate with conversational, poignant reflections on experiences and events which have shaped him. His song, "To Amy, With Love," is dedicated unforgettably to Amy King, lost in a plane crash that was part of the devastation of Sept. 11, 2001. His plaintive question, "Will someone please explain, how you could be on that plane?" eulogizes what others asked of this young woman, friend and Southwestern classmate. Another dedicated piece, "Four on the Floor," about a simple drumbeat occurring in a ballad, is for his friend Rod Welling, who died in an accident six years ago - another Southwestern friend memorialized. Of Southwestern he speaks fondly in "Kudos to Southwestern." It is here that he felt constructively influenced by teachers like Teresa Wise and Jeanie Holmes, who in middle school helped him discover his self-worth and spent time listening to him. Other mentors were Mr. Sirianni and Mr. Priester and some who helped develop his keen mind, avid intelligence and breadth of knowledge. His demeanor is practical and fervent, recognizing that only hard work and dedication to his musical passion will drive him in the future as it has to this point.

Whatever success has come to him, he is quick to credit many of his band members and their talents, though he reserves special praise for his producer, Aaron Thompson, without whom he would not trust the suggestions and refinements he helps to implement in Jackson's music. He is especially helpful in the difficult world of writing lyrics. Jackson says, like most artists, he struggles with the precise wording in a song to pinpoint his exact intent with the finished piece.

In the song "Christine," he says that he must "fold this losing hand and leave it alone," and in "I'm not him anymore,"being torn between "Hangin' on and letting go," seems another universal dilemma he confronts. Jackson is easy to listen to, both in his music and in his candid, conversational approach. At age 39, he is a seasoned musician and we can expect to hear from him well into the future. There will always be an audience for good-listening, soulful music.

Dave Emke, The Post Journal, Jamestown, NY, March 25th, 2010
Rohm Goes Acoustic
Jackson Rohm says the support he has received from his hometown of Jamestown throughout his music career has been invaluable, and he hopes it continues as he returns to town next weekend to promote his sixth full-length CD.

Rohm will play shows in Jamestown on April 2 and 3 to introduce his newest CD, Acoustic Sessions. Rohm's latest offering features nine old favorites and five new songs all presented in an "unplugged" format that he says is aimed to appeal to fans of his live performances.

"I've had a lot of people come to my shows get used to hearing the acoustic style that I perform, and a lot of them are really partial to that," he said. "When they buy the CD, some people love the full-band production, but a lot have said they'd like to hear a live CD or something more representative of what I'm doing that they like so much."

Arranged in the format of an MTV Unplugged or VH1 Storytellers setup, Acoustic Sessions is much more than just Rohm live with a guitar - the solo act so many people are familiar with seeing on stage.

"I thought it would be too boring to do a live CD that was just me and a guitar," Rohm said.

Instead, Acoustic Sessions was recorded in Nashville and Atlanta with an assortment of artists backing Rohm on a variety of instruments - guitar, bass, drums, piano, fiddle and many others. What they all have in common, however, in that none of them are plugged in. In addition to that change from past Rohm albums, many of the familiar songs on the CD were recorded with different tempos and in different keys, just to change things up a little bit and add some fun to the recording, the artist said.

"We took songs like "Four On The Floor" and changed the tempo, and changed the key to some of the songs, and gave certain songs like "The Old Me" a completely different vibe and sort of a different groove," Rohm said. "In some ways, some people may be partial to what they know already, and some people hopefully will like these new renditions."

In addition to the nine old favorites - including "One More Fourth Of July," "Gasoline And Matches" and "Rio" - that were revamped for the album, five brand-new Rohm songs are on the new release. "These Four Walls" has received initial airplay on local adult contemporary station WKZA, while "Not Him Anymore" has been picked up by local country station WHUG.

The latter song is a sad tale about a breakup Rohm had that also cost him a close relationship with the woman's young daughter, he said. During the 2-year relationship, the young girl had drawn many pictures for Rohm that he had tacked up on his refrigerator - and when the relationship ended, he was faced with the task of discarding those precious gifts.

"I wrote the song the day that I basically was like, All right, hey, you're not this guy anymore. It's time to get these off the fridge and move on," he said. "It was kind of a sad day."

Rohm wrote many new songs in preparation for the new CD, he said, and the five that were chosen were the ones that he and his producer decided would work best with the acoustic format. It would appear, he said, that they chose well.

"I've been excited, because with people who've never heard any of my stuff before, the new ones seem to be the strongest tracks based on the feedback I'm getting so far," Rohm said.

HOMETOWN SUPPORT

The shows Rohm will play in Jamestown - one at Shawbucks on Friday, April 2, and one at the Chautauqua Mall on Saturday, April 3 - are just two of many CD release shows he will play in many cities, including one in his current hometown of Cleveland tonight. However, he said, the Jamestown shows are the most important to him because of the support the city he grew up in has given him over the years.

"I'm trying to get out and promote this record, but the Jamestown CD release shows are very important, because I have probably my largest following and my original following, because of the radio support I have received," he said. "This is obviously a big weekend for me."

Though Rohm has lived in Cleveland for several years now as he has worked to advance his music career, the Southwestern High School graduate says he has never forgotten what his true hometown is.

I now reside in Cleveland, but when people ask me where I'm from, I tell them Jamestown," he said. "I keep my boat on Lake Chautauqua, and this summer I'll be in Jamestown more than I'll be in Cleveland - I love our area so much, so that's where I'll be."

Rohm often returns to the Jamestown area for charity events, and says he plans to continue to do so whenever his schedule allows. He also said he has plans to play and speak at area schools later this spring.

"I've been really lucky and fortunate to be embraced by our community, and any chance I get to do things in return, I do," he said. "I don't take for granted one bit the support I've gotten from Jamestown, and I'm hoping it continues."

TWO SHOWS PLANNED

Saying Shawbucks has always been his ''home venue'' in Jamestown, Rohm will play an all-ages show there on Friday, April 2, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. He will be playing songs from his new CD there as well as cover songs during the four-hour show, he said.

"The Shawbucks show is my only show there until at least Thanksgiving, so I really hope people come out," he said.

And because he has a large younger following in Jamestown as well, Rohm doesn't want them to be left out. For them, he'll be playing an all-ages show in the food court at the Chautauqua Mall from 4 to 5 in the afternoon on Saturday, April 3. Because it's only a one-hour show, he'll just be playing a handful of his own songs there - but, he said, there will be plenty of other fan appreciation activities.

"I'll be sticking around after to sign autographs, do photos, say hello to the crowd," Rohm said. "By all means, come early, get a seat, and then stick around. I'll be around after as long as I need to be, until people go."

Rohm's new CD will be available at both shows for $10. It is also available online at jacksonrohm.com, at iTunes and other digital retailers, at CDBaby.com, and at The Lion's Den, C Rosiez and Chautauqua Music in Jamestown. Clips from all songs can be heard at jacksonrohm.com, and full-length versions of some tracks can be downloaded at Rohm's MySpace and Facebook fan pages.

Jeff Niesel, Cleveland Scene Magazine, Cleveland, OH, March 24th, 2010
“I’m such a baby when I don’t get my way,” croons Jackson Rohm in “One More Fourth Of July” on his sixth full-length CD. The guy has a soft side that he’s not afraid to show, but that’s no reason to hate him. Rohm does the singer-songwriter thing really well. Playing in an acoustic format for the first time, he doesn’t suffer a stripped-down approach. Rohm sounds sharp in gentle ballads like “Not Him Anymore” and “Bleeding.” While there’s a plethora of love songs, Rohm expands his lyrical palette with “These Four Walls,” a terrific anthem about throwing caution to the wind.

Nicole Walker, The Spectrum, Buffalo, NY, March 3rd, 2010
Country Rhythms
With infectious melodies and heartfelt lyrics, country artist Jackson Rohm’s latest installment does anything but disappoint. Acoustic Sessions is filled with a varied arrangement of acoustic-based tracks. Even though Rohm has found success, starting out wasn’t effortless. “The first five years are really tough. It’s not easy; when I was younger, I really worked hard to make relationships,” Rohm said. In less than a decade, Rohm has managed to release six full-length albums. He wrote all 14 tracks on Acoustic Sessions. A mix of easy listening, country and pop/rock, or as Rohm has self-labeled it, “Americana,” the album is supported by acoustic guitars, upright bass, percussion, piano, mandolin, fiddle and the dobro. All add a unique background to the record that includes nine fan favorites as well as five new songs. The album starts off with “One More Fourth of July,” an upbeat summer track that transitions between lighthearted tunes and heartfelt ballads throughout. Meanwhile, “Gasoline and Matches” is Rohm’s number one download on iTunes, and for easily discernible reasons. With catchy lyrics such as, “Come on, start my fire/ Explosive when it catches/ Baby, you and I are gasoline and matches,” Rohm has said it’s a real crowd pleaser. The second half of the album takes a more serious turn with love songs like “Wanting More” and “Leave it Alone.” “That’s a tough one for me to answer,” Rohm says of his musical inspiration. “I listen to a lot of pop and country still, but I have gone through so many phases of listening to music.” Even so, he does have his preferred favorites, ranging from Cat Stevens, Ryan Adams and Steven Kellogg to Tom Petty and The Counting Crows. Much of Rohm’s songwriting comes from personal experience. This is the case with Rohm’s latest single, “Christine.” “Some are more personal than others. The song is about a girl I chased around years ago,” Rohm said. The final track on the CD, “Reconsider,” is by far one of the best and talks about a man asking for a second chance from a woman he loves. With the heartfelt lyrics, “What have I gotta do/ to prove I love you/ What have I gotta say/ to make you stay/ We belong together/ I hope somehow you might reconsider,” Rohm will have all the ladies wishing he were singing about them.

Today's Country Magazine, Thursday, August 7th, 2008
Jackson Rohm Interview
With so many artists making the cross over into the country market, it was a very smooth transition for singer/songwriter, pop/rock artist Jackson Rohm to move over to country for the release of his new album "Long Way From Moving On." The move was so easy for him musically that he was able to take an old song, "Your Wife Is Cheatin'" and countrified it for the new album. Jackson continues to carve a name out for him self one fan at a time with a solid tour schedule that takes him across the US. He took a moment of time to chat with us about the new album, touring, the move into the country market, and more.

Jackson Rohm Myspace

1. For someone that hasn’t ever heard your music what can they expect when they hit play on your latest album “Long Way From Moving On?”

I think that the songs on my new CD will appeal to a wide variety of music fans. It’s definitely a country record, but there are pop and rock elements that make this album very diverse. I honestly feel there is something for just about anyone on “Long Way From Moving On”.

2. Your move from pop/rock to country seemed to be an easy move for you. Why did you decide to cross over into the modern country genre with “Long Way From Moving On?”

I’ve been told for years that my voice had a country timbre to it and my songs have often been “storyish” in nature. So, it was a fairly simple transition for me and it felt so natural to write and record the songs for the album.

3. You decided to record some of the album in Nashville. How did being in a studio there help shape the sound of the album that anywhere else wouldn’t have?

I really could not have recorded this anywhere else. I considered recording in Cleveland and also Atlanta, but at the end of the day, I wanted to work with the best county musicians on the planet, and the only place to find those guys is Nashville, TN.

4. What type of impact did your producer Aaron Thompson have on the album’s recording process and what elements did he add that made the songs that much stronger?

I’ve worked with Aaron on several of my previous records and he’s always had a great pop/rock sensibility, and his ears of some of the best I’ve encountered. I knew that the players in Nashville would bring the country sound. I wanted Aaron to make sure that we still maintained the pop/rock feel that existing fans have loved in my previous records. Aaron and I also spent more time than ever before in pre-production, tweaking lyrics and working on arrangements of the songs.

5. Why did you decide to re-cut the song “You’re Wife Is Cheatin’ On Both Of Us” for this album and what does the new version offer that the previous version doesn’t?

Quite honestly, “Your Wife…” did not really belong on my last record, so we stuck it on it as the last track. Lots of people still loved it and when I decided to do a country record, I knew that we had to re-record it. After adding some killer fiddle and steel guitar parts, and with the legendary Brent Mason on the electric guitar, that song came together the way I’d always hoped it would.

6. Which one song from “Long Way From Moving On” is your personal favorite and why?

My favorite song on the new CD is probably “Don’t Cut Your Hair”. This was the last song to make the cut and I was not sure about it from the time I wrote it, but I think that it’s unique. It’s not for everyone and many of my fans do not really seem to “get it”. I loved those harmonies (that I clearly ripped off from the Eagles) and I think it’s always nice to have a song in 6/8 to break up the monotony of the 4/4 time songs that I tend to write so many of.

7. For an indie artist such as yourself, how important have internet outlets like myspace, youtube, etc… been for connecting to people that otherwise wouldn’t have heard your music?

They are so vital for me. I don’t have the big label machine marketing the CD, so I have to do the best I can with the resources that I have available and can afford. Nothing beats word of mouth, so I do the best I can to spread the word via the internet. I’ve reached so many people all over the world that way.

8. You have a solid amount of albums sold as well as countless tour dates over the years, so with your experiences do you feel that a solid album or a solid tour is more important to someone’s success as an artist? Why?

You absolutely have to start with a solid album because outside of your family and close friends, crap just does not sell. However, because I travel so much, I’m able to reach new listeners all the time. I have plenty of musician friends with great recordings of excellent songs, but because some of them seldom leave their hometowns, they don’t sell many units. I do sell stuff online, etc., but the majority of my album sales are from the stage. Most people want to buy the CD right out of your hand so you see that they really do like and support you.

9. What does a Jackson Rohm live show offer someone that just spinning your album doesn’t?

For starters, I’m currently touring as a solo act. That alone is a huge departure from the full production that you hear on my CDs. When it’s just acoustic guitar and vocals, it’s really all about the songs. There’s no ear candy when you are listening to a solo performer, it falls completely on me alone to engage each listener.

10. What piece of advice can you offer someone that is looking to break into the music industry?

I’m not sure. I’m still learning, so I don’t know that I’m in any position to dole out advice. However, you have to be patient and persistent. Nobody is going to do the hard work for you. Playing the show is the easy part. Marketing and promoting each show so that they are well attended is the key. The venue needs to make money to want to have you back, so it important to do the little things to be successful. That seems to be the place where most budding musicians come up short.

Nicholas L. Dean, The Post Journal, Jamestown, NY, July 28th, 2008
A Floating Debut, Jackson Rohm to sing tonight at Chautauqua Lake Idol
BEMUS POINT - Jackson Rohm will make his Floating Stage debut tonight as guest performer and judge during Chautauqua Lake Idol's country music theme round of competition.

A Lakewood native and Southwestern High School grad, Rohm will perform a song from his new CD, ''Long Way From Moving On,'' during Idol's intermission. His fifth full-length album, Rohm has described ''Long Way From Moving On'' as a little more country than his previous acoustic pop rock releases.

Though presently based out of Cleveland, Rohm returns home to Chautauqua County regularly to play gigs at Shawbucks and other venues - including the Village Casino in Bemus Point.

''The Bemus crowd has been incredible this summer,'' Rohm said in a recent e-mail interview. ''I've played two shows so far this summer at the Casino and both were fantastic. I anticipate a different crowd at the Chautauqua Idol though. I'm expecting a good number of people who have not yet heard me perform before.''

Unable to regularly attend Chautauqua Lake Idol because of his touring schedule, Rohm said he has visited Bemus Point for the event in the past and is looking forward to sitting in as a judge. In Chicago, Rohm judged a similar singing competition called ''Big Break.'' However, Rohm said his participation in that contest was early on and he did not address each performer as he will likely do tonight.

''I'll be looking for primarily a great singer,'' Rohm said of judging. ''It's always great to see someone that can let their personality come through, especially if they appear to be having fun while they are up there. First and foremost, I'll be hoping to hear some great vocal performances though.''

Though it is Country Night, Rohm said he doesn't want to hear someone fake a thick, southern drawl to make their vocals work with a country song.

''I want to hear great singers that can finesse it just enough to make it fit,'' Rohm said. ''Contestants should be true to themselves. However, if they have that traditional country voice, let it all hang out!''

''I think that you can 'finesse' your vocal delivery to make the performance suit a style or genre of music,'' Rohm continued. ''When I sing one of my country songs, I do tweak the way that I sing a bit to suit the music. It tends to come naturally for me. I don't think that the change in how you sing different styles should be overly drastic though. Again, you have to be true to yourself or the audience won't buy it.''

Select tracks from the new album, such as ''The Old Me'' and ''Driving With The Breaks On,'' can be heard online at Rohm's MySpace site, MySpace.com/JacksonRohmMusic. Rohm said he has been thrilled by the reception of the new CD.

After graduating high school, Rohm attended Miami University in Ohio and soon after began releasing studio albums of his music. The self-released 2006 CD, ''Four on the Floor,'' proved that local roots still run deep - as the title track was written about the loss of friend and fellow Southwestern graduate Rod Welling.

Preceding ''Four on the Floor'' were ''Red Light Fever,'' ''Twisted & Misguided'' and ''Sink Or Swim.''

Following Chautauqua Lake Idol, Rohm will play several shows in Chautauqua County. Rohm said he is excited about the shows, several of which are free and all ages. For more information about Rohm, his music or his summer tour, visit www.jacksonrohm.com.


Bob Silvestri, BestOfWNY.com, May 19th, 2008
Jackson Rohm, Long Way From Moving On
After releasing two albums of classic Heartland pop/rock, Jackson Rohm decided a change was needed before recording his next disc. The Jamestown, NY native who currently resides in Cleveland, OH, headed to the capitol of country music, Nashville. The result of that change is his exciting new disc Long Way from Moving On. His music and vocals seem most comfortable in the country music mode and results in his best work yet. His country charm shines on the tracks "The Old Me" and the title cut "Long Way from Moving On". A couple of wistful ballads "Driving with the Brakes On" and "Don't Cut Your Hair" would not be out of place on the current Country Top 40. The blindside lover's tale "Your Wife is Cheatin on Both of Us" is an unusual take on the normal tryst. Rohm shows he still has the rocker in him on the track "Christine" about an unattainable girlfriend. By the sound of his latest Long Way from Moving On, Jackson Rohm has found his niche. For more on Rohm check out www.jacksonrohm.com

Jeff Niesel, Cleveland Free Times Magazine, Cleveland, OH, 4/23/08
Jackson Rohm, Long Way From Moving On
Singer-songwriter Jackson Rohm splits his time between Cleveland and Nashville and recorded this, his latest offering, in Nashville with Aaron Thompson producing. While Rohm's material has a decidedly mainstream bent, that's not necessarily a bad thing. "The Old Me" is as infectious as anything by the likes of Edwin McCain and Sister Hazel, acts for which Rohm has opened. The album's a little top-heavy with ballads, but the rollicking break-up tune "Your Wife Is Cheatin' On Both Of Us" provides a good laugh, as does the Eagles-inspired number "Don't Cut Your Hair," both suggesting Rohm, whose pop-country aproach can often be too safe, has a wilder side just waiting to be unleashed.

Gone Country Magazine, April 14th, 2008
Jackson Rohm, "Long Way From Moving On"
Jackson Rohm is no stranger to any fan of country and pop music in the Chicago area due to countless live spots on the Joe’s Bar stage. With early influences ranging from the likes of Sister Hazel, Gin Blossoms, Better Than Ezra, etc… Rohm has always walked that line very closely to what is country and what is rock. On his latest effort “Long Way From Moving On,” he shows exactly how fine a line he is on. Though a strong pop background exists, he throws in a whole lot of modern country influences that are apparent from the opening notes of “The Old Me.” However, even with those country influences mixed in, Jackson Rohm brings a little bit of a different feeling to his music that is unlike everything else Nashville is spitting out at us these days. The pop influences will have you bouncing along with the more upbeat tracks like the tongue and cheek “Your Wife Is Cheatin’ On Both Of Us,” and “Christine.” Rohm does show a bit of a deeper side with the slower tunes on the album such as “You Happened To Me,” which plays out like an open book of his life and how it all changed when the right woman found him. On songs like “Broken Home,” Rohm perfectly describes the dual lives that a child leads when parents split up, but unlike most songs about this topic, he chooses to display a positive light on the situation. This is an album that has the ability to cross genres and find it’s way to a variety of different radio stations from those that focus only on country music to those that play adult alternative/rock. This is easily one of my favorite albums of 2008 thus far and a must have for any collection of good music.

Nicholas L. Dean, The Post Journal, Jamestown, NY March 17th, 2008
Jackson Rohm will play Shawbuck's this Saturday
The show will serve as a CD release party for Rohm’s new album, ‘‘Long Way From Moving On.’’

3/17/2008 - More than just another hometown show, Jackson Rohm’s Shawbucks gig this Saturday will mark the release of the Cleveland-based singer/songwriter’s fifth full-length album — ‘‘Long Way From Moving On.’’

Describing the CD during a phone interview Friday, Rohm said that longtime listeners will notice a slight stylistic shift in his new set of songs.

After years of playing acoustic pop rock, Rohm is trying his hand at country music — a genre which he says has always been somewhat present in his mix.

‘‘People have always said that there’s a bit of country in my voice,’’ Rohm said, mentioning Keith Urban as someone to whom he is sometimes compared.

Far from a 180-degree turn, Rohm explained that country music gelled easily with his preferred style of acoustic classic and modern rock. A Lakewood native and 1989 graduate of the Southwestern Central School District, Rohm has long cited such artists as Ryan Adams, Cat Stevens, Tom Petty, Barenaked Ladies and the Indigo Girls as influences. Additionally, Rohm stressed that his pursuit of country music is genuine — and not something done on a whim or haphazardly.

‘‘We didn’t just add slide guitar to some songs,’’ Rohm said, explaining that ‘‘Long Way From Moving On’’ was recorded in Nashville with several professional country musicians sitting in as his backing band during the recording sessions.

Select tracks from the new album, such as ‘‘The Old Me’’ and ‘‘Driving With The Breaks On,’’ can be heard online at Rohm’s MySpace site — MySpace.com/JacksonRohmMusic.

After graduating high school, Rohm attended Miami University in Ohio and, soon after, began releasing studio albums of his music. The self-released 2006 CD ‘‘Four on the Floor’’ proved that local roots still run deep — as the title track was written about the loss of friend and Southwestern graduate Rod Welling. Preceding ‘‘Four on the Floor’’ were ‘‘Red Light Fever,’’ ‘‘Twisted & Misguided’’ and ‘‘Sink Or Swim.’’

Though based in Cleveland and on the road throughout much of each year, Rohm said returning home to Chautauqua County is important. More than just the place he grew up, Rohm said Chautauqua County residents account for a quarter of all the albums he has sold during the years.

In addition to playing Shawbucks this Saturday, Rohm will play a free, all-ages show at the Chautauqua Mall on March 25. For more information about Rohm, his music or his spring and summer tour, visit www.jacksonrohm.com.

Richard Pierce, The Post Journal, August 18th, 2007
More Than Just A Singer
Just a little background here. Jackson Rohm local singer/songwriter has once again proven he is more than just another pretty face and talented artist. My wife of 25 years has had multiple sclerosis for the last 25 years. One thing that the disease never took away was her love and deep appreciation for live music.

In our 25 years, we attended over 500 concerts and met many artists such as Aerosmith. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice Cooper and on and on. A little over two years ago, we were fortunate to be turned on to Rohm through a friend who also is a music lover. We went to see Rohm every chance we got live and rapidly became fans.

This past April, my wife was unexpectedly diagnosed with terminal cancer and given just a few weeks to live. We were supposed to see Rohm perform on a Friday night at Shawbucks. Through our mutual friend, she asked him if he could visit the hospital and see Joann before the show.

He immediately said yes and offered to bring his guitar and play a few songs if she was up to it. Well we all knew this was going to happen and got permission in palliative care to have him come.

We spread the word, and when he arrived there was a crowd of 40 plus waiting in the hospital halls and lounge for this moment.

She was just taken aback and the smile was ear to ear on her face. After a few minutes of chatter, he pulled out his guitar and played some requests for her — including her favorite Rohm original ‘‘Gasoline and Matches.’’

He also played a few others covers, and the entire time she was speechless — as was our grandson who will be soon be 2 years old.

This made the last few days of her life something very special. This just proves that there are still some special people that check there ego at the door and give of themselves for just the happiness of seeing others smile.

Jackson Rohm made an entire new legion of fans that April night, but the most important thing is he gave unselfishly of himself just to make someone else's life a little brighter during a dark time.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a night and memory we will cherish forever.

Erin Smith, The Chautauquan Daily, July 6th, 2007
Rohm brings acoustic pop, country blend to College Club tonight
In 1993, law student Jackson Rohm made a difficult call to his family.

Shortly after graduating from Miami University of Ohio and embarking on law school, Rohm realized he no longer aspired to be a lawyer. He told his family that he wanted to continue playing music, which he had done in college. Only this time, he wanted to play for keeps.

At the time, he viewed his dabbling as a fun diversion, but not as a serious career path. However, he was slowly recognizing that he found law to be "dry and tedious."

"I spent a lot of time evaluating whether that was really what I wanted to do, and it turned out I really love music," he said.

Rohm will have the opportunity to share his love of music with the audience at the College Club at 9 p.m. tonight.

"It just takes me back to growing up there as a little boy," said Rohm, whose father docked his boat at Chautauqua for many years. "There's gotta be a nostalgia factor, to be playing right next to the Bell Tower."

Rohm also enjoys playing at the College Club because it gives him an opportunity to play for younger audiences. He is accustomed to playing in bars where many young people would not have a chance to see him perform. He also plays for private parties and at universities, including his alma mater.

Rohm described his style as acoustic-based pop rock with an element of country. He likened it to a combination of Counting Crows and Tom Petty or a merging of John Mayer and Keith Urban.

Although Rohm's songs are often the product of personal experience, he also writes songs that are completely fictional. The song "Your Wife is Cheatin On Both of Us" from his most recent album, "Four On The Floor", was a result of an acquaintance's suggestion.

"He just threw that title out there, and I wrote the song," Rohm said.

Rohm has released four full-length CDs containing solo material, and he plans to begin recording another CD, which is half-written, in November.

Rohm also recently took second place in a Battle of the Bands context sponsored by Debnunkify.com, an anti-smoking Web site, and Mytracks.com. Rohm will open for the winner of the competition, Kate Voegele, during the Myth Farewell Tour show in Columbus, OH on July 14th, according to his Web site.

"As long as I continue to move forward and hopefully get better at what I'm doing, I'm going to keep doing this," Rohm said. "I don't have a backup plan at this point."

After recently playing nine shows in 11 days, Rohm is looking forward to a light week during the Fourth of July, which he plans to spend with family in Chautauqua and friends in Bemus Point.

As for performances in Chautauqua, Rohm has much loftier aspirations than continuous gigs at the College Club.

"It's my hometown, and I'd like to come back and play the Amp one day, "he said with a chuckle. "We'll see. That's my next goal."

Ray Devine, The Oxford Press, Friday, July 6th 2007
Main event July 14th features two with Miami ties
Miami student Kate Voegele has won the statewide, online Battle of the Bands between tobacco-free music artists netting 4,243 votes out of more than 15,000.

This means she will be headlining at the standTunz Myth Farewell Tour Main Event on July 14, at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus.

The show is free and open to all ages; the hall's doors open at 6 p.m. with Jackson Rohm, Miami class of '93, who placed second in the voting with 3,934 votes, opening an hour later.

The Myth Farewell Tour is sponsored by stand, Ohio's youth and young adult counter-marketing campaign as part of its DEBUNKIFY campaign to help disprove common myths about tobacco.

"It's exciting to know that music fans across the state chose me to headline the

standTunz Myth Farewell Tour Main Event," Voegele said. "I'm passionate about music, but I also want to set a good example for other young adults by supporting a tobacco-free lifestyle. We encourage our fans and everyone who voted online to come out and see our performance at the Newport Music Hall. It's going to be a great end to the performance-packed six-month tour."

Voegele is taking a break from school, missing the last month of spring semester, after signing with MySpace Records last fall. She released her debut CD, "Don't Look Away," in May and has been touring since April. While she may not be returning to classes in the coming semester, Voegele "absolutely" plans on graduating but "... came into college knowing that music would be my number one priority."

Her parents, Betsy and Will Voegele, of Bay Village near Cleveland, and her younger sister, Amy, have been behind her the whole time.

"They said I can do what I want; I'm very lucky, a lot of people doing this at my age wouldn't have that kind of support," Voegele said. "My sister brings her friends to my shows ... it's really nice to have her support, she's very cool with it."

For Voegele, "... there is no place like it (Oxford), it is its own little world. I needed to put myself into music and I don't think I could have done that without two years to be a normal college kid. I love Oxford."

Miami Alum Jackson Rohm agrees.

"I came to Oxford after I was offered a track scholarship and was considering Cornell or Virginia. I visited and fell in love ... I wish I could do it again, I love college," he said.

Rohm got his start in Oxford, majoring in finance and lining up the door to Stadium to make some cash on the side. After graduating in '93, Rohm decided to pursue music full-time. He released his fourth independent CD, "Four on the Floor" last year and is planning on recording his fifth starting in November.

"I don't mind being independent ... the Internet revolution has changed everything for us (independent artists), you don't need someone to open all the doors for you, although they often help," Rohm said.

Although based out of Lakewood, near Cleveland, Rohm has been touring aggressively

with an average of 200 live shows a year. He's seen the music scene evolve, especially in Oxford where he always manages several shows, almost exclusively at the Stadium.

"I have a relationship with them; they take good care of me," he said.

"Music is a cycle and from a generalized standpoint students are into the club scene rather than live music; doesn't mean it's a bad scene, it just doesn't get people out to the shows," said Rohm. "This is college in general, 18-21, but there will always be a market for people that do what we do and we jump at the chance to get people out, that's why the DEBUNKIFY tour is so great."

For information and music from Kate Voegele or Jackson Rohm, visit their Web sites at katevoegele.com and jacksonrohm.com.

The stand DEBUNKIFY campaign is an integrated communications and grassroots program, including television, outdoor, radio, print and non-traditional advertising and a Web site, debunkify.com. Music from the standTunz artists, the television spots, a list of Ohio tobacco misperceptions and a T-shirt and sticker maker can be found at the site.

A program of the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation —otpf.org — the stand tobacco counter-marketing campaign encourages Ohio's youth and young adults to "stand up and speak out against tobacco." For information, contact Andrea Slesinski at (614) 917-1182.

Brad Frey, Cleveland Bar Tab Magazine, Cleveland, OH, June 2007
Jackson Rohm - Four On The Floor
Jackson's fourth album is his best work yet. The 12 song CD is filled plenty of acoustic material and catchy pop ballads. His music is comparable to newer Counting Crows or vintage Barenaked Ladies. Most songs on the album could be chosen for singles for radio play, so I don't know how he picked one out. The song "Gasoline and Matches" is the best track on the new album and really makes you get a feel for the sincerity of his music. Also, make sure to check out the song "Dreamer". WWW.JACKSONROHM.COM

Stephen Tompkins, Free Times Magazine, Cleveland, OH - October 2006
Jackson Rohm

Four on the Floor

(self-released)

jacksonrohm.com

Based in Lakewood, local singer-songwriter Jackson Rohm plays shows around the Cleveland area about four times a month and up to 200 shows a year annually. The past few years have been all but relaxing as Jackson has released three albums, appeared in various venues/bars throughout the States and still had the time to record his new album, Four On the Floor. Highlights include the radio-friendly "Waste of Time," which has gotten airplay locally on 106.9-KISS FM, and "Dreamer," a powerful ballad which tells the story of losing love and gaining it back. Produced by Aaron Thompson, the album is a major leap forward for Rohm, whose full-bodied voice is every bit as appealing as that of Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas or the Goo Goo Dolls' Johnny Rzeznik. - Stephen Tompkins

Mike O'Cull Illinois Entertainer September 2006
JACKSON ROHM
Four On The Floor
(self-released)
Ohio-based singer-songwriter Jackson
Rohm makes intelligent, literate guitar pop
look easy. He has all the elements needed to
be a strum-and-sing superstar: a high and
clear tenor voice, magazine-cover good looks,
and, most importantly, a great degree of skill
in the art of words and music. His latest independent
release, Four On The Floor, falls
somewhere between Michael Penn and John
Mayer on the pop song landscape. Songs like
"Gasoline And Matches" and the title track
show Rohm to be more tunesmith than most
and a solid contender to get to the next level
of the rock 'n' roll game.

Bob Silvestri www.BestOfWNY.com
Jackson Rohm - Four On The Floor
With his matinee idol good looks and a cache of bouncy up tempo tunes Jamestown native Jackson Rohm seems headed for the limelight. His new release Four On The Floor features radio ready songs not unlike our own Goo Goo Dolls and others in the pop rock format. The title refers to the musical term drummers’ use when playing a particular beat for a song. Rohm dedicates the CD to his longtime drummer Rod Welling who passed away in a car accident a couple of years ago. Welling often employed the four on the floor technique on Rohm’s songs. Highlights here are the Goo’s sounding “Be A Man”, the laid back sound of “Selfish Lover”, the Blues Traveler feel of “Ramona”, “Vanity” and the title cut “Four On The Floor”. Bonus points for the CD closer and catchy sing along “Your Wife Is Cheating On Both Of Us”. The sunshine melody belies the bawdy yet hilarious subject matter. For more information on Jackson Rohm and how to purchase Four On The Floor go to www.jacksonrohm.com

Janelle Anderson Scene Magazine October 2005
Jackson Rohm: On The Rise
If there's anything to be said for Jackson Rohm, it's that he's unmistakably humble about his talent and success. A singer/songwriter who grew up in Jamestown, Rohm has all the makings of a successful big-time musician, touring and playing for different audiences each place he travels. He has album cover good looks and a sense of humor onstage. He plays music that makes you dance and lyrics that make you listen. He has everything, except the stereotypical rock star-type ego. "I'd love to play stadiums to tens of thousands of people, but I have a great time playing to a couple hundred," Rohm admitted. Rohm concentrates on honest music, and you don't have to be a local to appreciate his sound and lyrics. He sings about universal topics such as, love and loss, success and failure, pleasure and pain. His acoustic sound reels you in and keeps you hanging, waiting for the chorus. Rohm's vocals are alive with emotion as well, sometimes subtle, other times celebratory. His music is unique in the fact that whether you're a long-time fan or a first-time listener, the songs linger with you, like the past night's dream you just don¹t seem to want to stop reliving. Jackson Rohm has recorded three full-length albums, Twisted and Misguided, Sink or Swim, and Red Light Fever, and songs like "One More Fourth of July", "Rio", and his version of Concrete Blonde's "Joey" all have that same staying power in your mind. When Jackson Rohm was asked if he had wishes of hitting the big time, his modesty crept in once again. "That's always a goal. I realize that's a goal not many musicians achieve. I mean just because you're a star quarterback on the high school football team, it doesn't mean you'll make it to the NFL." But Rohm isn't showing signs of hanging up his cleats, or guitar for that matter. He has an extensive road schedule this fall, including several local dates, as well as gigs in Buffalo, Ohio, Chicago, Indiana, and more. He's sponsored by Leinenkugel beer (distributed locally by Salamanca Beverage) and can be heard on radio stations across the North East and beyond. (In Jamestown, listen for Rohm on 106.9 Kiss FM.) His newest project will begin in early November, when Rohm plans to get back into the studio in Atlanta with a band to record a brand new album. He anticipates the album's release to be in the spring of 2006, with a set of new tracks for fans to enjoy. And Jackson Rohm demonstrates dedication to his music and his fans, through and through. "I'm always going to keep doing this," Rohm said of his future. "If I get thirty emails from people saying they like my music, that's enough for me. Regardless of whether I'm ever signed to a big record contract, I'm always going to keep writing, I'm always going to be recording, and as long as there are people coming to my shows, I'm always going to keep playing the way I do now." As he remains unassuming, focused on his art and the people it touches, Jackson Rohm's star continues to rise. And as it does, we Western New Yorkers are proud to call him one of our own. You can catch Jackson Rohm at Shawbuck's on Friday, October Seventh and at the Ellicottville Brewing Company on Saturday, October Eighth. For more information on Jackson Rohm and his touring schedule, visit his website at www.jacksonrohm.com.

Mike O'Cull Illinois Entertainer April 2004
Jackson Rohm's latest CD, Red Light Fever, features 12 original and literate pop/rock songs that are melodic in the classic sense. The tunes also showcase Rohm's expressive singing voice, which is the most compelling instrument recorded here. The lone cover song is a version of Concrete Blonde's "Joey" that's cool but unnecessary, as Rohm's songs are strong enough to carry the day on their own.

Bob Silvestri www.BestOfWNY.com March 2004
The Western New York area has a rich crop of talented singer songwriters, Jackson Rohm of Mayville, NY can be included in that group with his latest release Red Light Fever. The music takes on a Mid-Western urgency and Heartland sound most closely identified with John Mellencamp, Tom Petty and other of the genre. Rohm plays hook filled songs that are sometimes anthemic but never bombastic or clichéd. That is due to the clean clear production from Steve Jacula and Rohm. The disc begins with the jangly guitar sounds of "Bleeding". The celebratory sound of "One More Fourth Of July" and the subdued organ sound on "Honesty Is Easy" are highlights as well as "Three Miles To Lexington" and the title track "Red Light Fever". Rohm also takes on one of the most under rated song ever, Concrete Blonde's "Joey" with great results. Other tracks worth mentioning are "Anchor" and the bluesy CD closer "Snug Harbor Lounge". For more on the very talented Jackson Rohm and his new release Red Light Fever check out www.jacksonrohm.com

Jeanine Zimmer Artefakt Magazine August 2003
CD (re)view Jackson Rohm's Red Light Fever
Jackson Rohm has been working hard with his music fulltime. He decided a while ago that he was going to make his music his career and he hasn't given that up. He just released his newest CD Red Light Fever and it is a compilation of work that can appeal to a spectrum of people.

I'll take a gander to bet that most of you have heard him or of him. He plays in Buffalo and he's from Chautauqua County. He's hot, he's talented, he takes a lot of slack and can I reiterate he works hard.

Did you know that a definition of "passion" in Webster's Dictionary is "suffering"? The first three to be exact, then it gets into "emotion", "love" and "anger". Living your life fulfilling a dream takes passion and that entails all of these.

I have watched Jackson Rohm and many bands work, grow, die or evolve. Jackson is growing. He is growing in knowledge, in experience and in overall marketability. Ohhh, hush, shish; I hear all of you saying this, but that is business and he is becoming a good businessman while remaining an artist and that is not what many people can acclaim to do.

His CD is good; listen to it. He is someone everyone can relate to, because he's that open. He is someone many don't give the time to listen to because they have a predetermined notion that a poppy beat and decipherable lyrics are too N'Sync.

Jackson speaks of things we can all understand. He sings lyrics we've all probably said twice if not three. He can remark on our most unromantic moment and make it seem sincere and then hit us in the face with how silly it all was ("Snug Harbor Lounge"). Rohm also has the knack of throwing in verses that, if read or listened to closely enough, even the skeptic would have to appreciate, like sitting Tom Waits in lyrics or describing how hard the cycle of success/failure/stardom of a career (title song "Red Light Fever") can be. We've all lost someone, probably more so in one moment on 9.11 than you know and he reaches deep into that as well ("To Amy, With Love").

Whether you know Rohm or not, you'll appreciate his lyrics and his poppy beat is to please the masses. We've all had one who's gotten away ("One More Fourth of July"). We've all been desperate and locked in our own basement floor not understanding why the other leaves or how we can make them stay ("Only Way"). We've all had to realize the frustration of losing the one we love when we have to let them walk away from us ("Walk Away"). And we've all disappointed our parents ("Problem Child").

For whoever you are and wherever you've been, you'll have something to relate to with Red Light Fever. If you don't listen to Jackson Rohm because you only like heavy metal, rap, or ugly, mean people you're going to miss something you could appreciate.

Listen to Jackson Rohm and his newest effort and release (of record and soul) Red Light Fever. Be proud of our local musicians and talent, especially the ones that shine so strong.

Toni Ruberto, The Buffalo News December 2001
When Jackson Rohm decided he needed to rock out for his second CD, he didn't mess around. The singer-songwriter crafted a recording brimming with vitality and an energizing modern-rock sensibility while still holding enough of his appealing acoustic roots to make the songs accessible to pretty much anyone.

What makes this transition work best, and really gives it a punch, is his voice. Rohm's vocals were always appealing, but this time he really cuts loose and takes advantage of his deeply resonating tones. He does what so few singers surprisingly do - really stretch their voice in the manner of an instrument. On "Nomad," a song with a maudlin acoustic texture that, believe it or not, recalls Staind's "Outside," his voice rings clear and cuts to the heart. There are moments, as in the effervescent "Born Ready," where he takes his voice as far as he can and then lets it go. The few times it falls a bit gruffly, it actually lifts the song.

Sparkling strumming guitars drive through the opening vivacious gem, "Rio." "Anchor," "Not Anymore" and "Hard Way" are other bright offerings.

YEAR IN TUNES The Buffalo News December 2001
Best disc cover: Jackson Rohm's "Sink or Swim." One look is all it takes.

Toni Ruberto, The Buffalo News December 2001
For a talented guy, Jackson Rohm is quick to point out his weaknesses. He's his harshest critic as he discusses his perceived musical shortcomings - especially when he talks about his debut solo disc, "Twisted & Misguided."

It's not his best music, he insists about the disc that garnered quite a large following in the year since its release. Instead, Rohm has an urgent need to get better as a musician, songwriter and performer. His modesty is obvious - and quite endearing - from the disappointment in his voice when he realizes the gushing compliments about his new CD, "Sink or Swim," are about the release's seductive cover image of him emerging from water and not, yet, about the music. "I hope you like the songs as much," he says.

No problem.

The Jamestown native has a gift. His expressive voice and vivid, story-rich lyrics are an engaging combination. Now, with "Sink or Swim," Rohm has added an attention-grabbing rock element augmented by an aggressive vocal style.

"I wanted to go for a modern rock sound that was radio-friendly with this record," he said. "And I knew if we were going to rock, I would have to do it vocally. On the first CD, I was singing my soft James Taylor voice, and that's not the way I sing live. I belt it out live, and that's the way I like it.",

Rohm plays about 200 gigs a year as a solo acoustic artist and previously divided his time between his Jamestown home and Atlanta. Now Rohm plans to tour more of the Midwest and will go to Los Angeles next month to shop "Sink or Swim."

"I make my living off acoustic shows and I make records with a band. If I can, hopefully, get a deal, I'll hang up my cover gigs and focus on playing with a band full-time," he said.

Despite his heavy touring and performance schedule, Rohm always finds time to help others.

On the night of Sept. 11, after learning the tragic fate of a friend, he penned a song and made a quick recording. His longtime friend Amy King, 29, was a flight attendant aboard United Airlines Flight 175, the second plane flown by terrorist hijackers into the World Trade Center towers.

He wrote "A Tribute to Amy" to help deal with his grief and gave it to her family. They sent it to James Broadcasting Co., owners of radio stations WJTN and WWSE-FM, where it was sold and raised $5,000 for the Heroes Fund in New York City.

"I wrote the song because it was a way of channeling my emotion. It was for my own therapy. I could only sing it once without breaking up, and you could hear it in the song," Rohm said. "It was never meant to be a commercial recording, but I'm pleased we raised the money and in that way, it will keep her memory alive."

Rohm, who earned a track and field scholarship to Miami University in Ohio, also raised $5,800 in sponsorship money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society after running a marathon earlier this month in Honolulu. Though he says a polite thank you to compliments about his giving nature, he's not comfortable with the praise.

"I'm flattered people are moved by things I can do, but it's nothing great. I'm lucky and I've been given so many gifts in my life. There are a lot of things that can be done through music, and I hope I can do more in the future."

Tom Lydde www.ChicagoGigs.com March 2001
Jackson Rohm followed a winding road on his way to recording his debut CD in the Spring of 2000 and the experiences of that journey are captured in his lyrics. Born and raised just outside Buffalo, Jackson attended college in Ohio and has since lived in Charlotte and Atlanta while performing 200+ gigs a year. He found the musician's life favorable to law school and writes of relationships (mostly painful), friends, religion and his struggles to find a place in this world. He doesn't waste much time with analogies or hyperbole, Jackson says what he means and delivers it with a matter of fact, every man feel. He has a strong and expressive voice that fits well with his material and is the centerpiece of Twisted & Misguided.

Although Jackson Rohm usually performs as a solo acoustic act, Twisted & Misguided is the product of a strong supporting cast. Jackson worked with producer Aaron Thompson and vocal producer Jan Smith to put together a very strong, full band debut. Twisted & Misguided is a quality package from top to bottom, featuring excellent production, tight arrangements and great performances from all concerned. Jackson surrounded himself with good people on this project and walked away with a great CD.

All ten songs on Twisted & Misguided fit snugly into the James Taylor vein and standouts are "Three Miles to Lexington", "In Time" and "Don't Say Goodbye". Rohm is a good young songwriter and he has found his niche on this first CD, but the material lacks the originality and depth that only come with experience. Hopefully Jackson will grow from this strong base and begin adding more textures and influences to his palette.

Robert W. Plyler The Post Journal December 2000
"Jackson Rohm's career is ready to blossom"
I recently made the acquaintance of a talented young singer-guitarist from our area and I'd like to share with my readers what I learned about Jackson Rohm.

Last summer, he released his first recording and he is launched in a career of playing acoustic guitar and singing, dividing his time between his home in Chautauqua County and a career in Atlanta.

Rohm was born in Jamestown and grew up in West Ellicott, where he attended Southwestern High School.

"I started taking guitar lessons in eighth grade and I sang in some school choirs and so on, but I was really caught up in track at that time, and devoted a lot of my time to running," he said. His family wasn't particularly musical, although his mother has a trained voice and sings in public sometimes.

There was some playing of the electric guitar and a heavy metal group which performed at parties, but thoughts of a career just didn't form. It wasn't until he was a student at Miami University of Ohio, that he began to encounter singers who performed to their own acoustic accompaniment and decided to get the acoustic guitar out of the case and give it a try for himself.

Rohm mentioned in passing that he was a winner of The Post Journal's Frank Hyde Scholarship, in support of his undergraduate years. Following graduation from college, where he had majored in finance, he

continued to follow conventional expectations, attending the first semester of law school in Buffalo before deciding he didn't want that kind of life. He decided to throw the dice and chase a singing career. "I'm still technically on leave from law school, but the singing is paying the bills, and I don't see myself ever going back," he told me.

The songwriter finds he loves this area and he enjoys the people, the lake and all the natural bounties which the area has to offer, yet in Atlanta he finds more opportunities to perform, and more competition to keep him on the edge, so he owns a house here and keeps an apartment there, spending about half his time in each place.

Except for those junior high guitar lessons and some voice coaching which he has just recently begun, Rohm is self taught. His voice is pleasant and melodic. It isn't a large voice which would fill an opera house, but it's resonant and nice to listen to for an evening.

Rohm admits to being influenced by the music of Tom Petty, and that of The Wallflowers and Counting Crows. Those who remember the 1960s who remember those tender ballads with fond affection will enjoy these especially.

His compact disc is titled "Twisted and Misguided" and it came out last summer. When he performs in bars and restaurants, his performances are mostly covers of popular hits. "I may work in four or five of my own songs in an evening, at this point, but I'd like to get to the day where I'm doing entirely my own music," he said.

Rohm's CD has 10 songs which last a bit more than 40 minutes. The sound is easy to listen to and I think people of all ages and tastes would find it enjoyable.

He writes his own lyrics as well as the music and he confesses that sometimes he writes words which leaves him feeling that strangers know his life better than most of us would feel comfortable with.

Although he performs mostly as a solo act, his CD is backed by six instrumentalists. It's rhythmic and upbeat, but never the grating, hard sound which is used by some as a recreational drug may be used, as the volume and dissonance of the music drown out even the ability to think.

"There are people in the business who think performers should devote their sound to suit certain tastes and think it's best to be wildly popular with one group and unknown to others, but I've always felt I could say something to just about anyone," he said.

"Three Miles to Lexington," for example, describes a seven year relationship which is breaking up, and the singer is searching for a reason to stay in it, even though it's over. The singing voice is a bit of the troubadour tone about it and most of us can remember moments of trying to maintain dignity when there's failure to be faced.

"Six Feet Underground" is a searching for belief in eternity, when a human life span seems so earthbound and fleeting.

It's a young man's album, full of hope, full of pain and self-discovery, and filled with amazement that loving someone isn't enough much of the time.

The guitar line is driving and kinetic, and the percussion is energetic without being overwhelming. The quality of the recording is quite high, and the sound is fully professional. I like the album very much, and suspect you would do so as well.

"Twisted and Misguided" is available for sale at several stores in the Buffalo area and in our area at the Stedman Corners Store or through Rohm's website. He's hoping to have it sold at more sites in the area in the future and he is willing to respond to mail orders which are sent to him at 3573 Panama Stedman Rd., Mayville, NY 14757.

The singer reported that he isn't the kind of songwriter who can decide, "I'll spend three hours this afternoon writing a song about this or that."

"I can't write the lyrics and fill in the music later, nor the other way around," he said. "When I'm thinking about a topic and a line of music goes through my head, I'll sit down and make a song in a fairly short time," he said.

Once written, the songs tend to stay the same, although he occasionally will think of a clearer way to say something and will tweak a lyric a bit.

While Rohm's act for parties and bars is a solo act, he's presently forming a group to do more of his own songwriting.

He'll be singing at Mad Murdock's in Jamestown on Thursday and on Jan. 12th, he'll be appearing at The Big Tree.

A handsome young man, sturdy and well made enough that he still runs 10K races, Rohm has both the looks and the talent to establish himself in a national or even an international career.

"I'm happy in my solo career, and if things don't go further than this, I'll feel that I've achieved something and had a meaningful life. On the other hand, I try not to be complacent. I'm not especially concerned about fame, but I would like to enlarge the audience who hears and enjoys what I do and what I have to say," he said.

He envisions a day in which an agreement with a record company would provide the financial support to expand his recording's quality.

What's the worst thing about a solo singing career? He owns that sometimes he gets in the middle of conflicts. He cites an occasion where he was hired to perform an evening in Ohio, on an evening which turned out to be an important occasion for a Cleveland sports team.

"The owner kept telling me to sing, and there were customers complaining that they came to hear a singer, yet sports fans kept turning up the television and complaining that the singer made it hard to hear the sports commentary. That kind of conflicts are the ones that make careers in finance and law look appealing after all, but I think I'm going to stay with the music," he said.

I own the CD, and think he's made the right choice. Why not check it out for yourself?

Toni Ruberto, The Buffalo News December 2000
Jackson Rohm could have been an athlete, competing in track and field meets across the country. He could have landed a high-profile career in big business or law. Instead, he realized the hobby that helped him earn money as he pursued these other interests in college was really his life calling. The Jamestown native now commutes between Western New York and Atlanta performing as a full-time musician. Rohm is back for the holidays and performing his solo acoustic show tonight at Big Shotz and 11 p.m. Wednesdays at The Steer, 3151 Main St., through Jan. 17.

Rohm began playing guitar in the eighth grade, doing the obligatory stint in a rock band before the athletic bug bit him in high school. He earned a track and field scholarship to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he studied finance. By his sophomore year he brought out his guitar and was performing cover gigs on campus. His fan base expanded to other Ohio colleges, and continued swelling when he later attended UB Law School.

Positive audience feedback gave Rohm the confidence to make music his career. "I never once thought I'd be playing for a living. But the more I did it, the more I enjoyed it. I realized I would never be happy wearing a suit to work every day," he said.

With a nearly 300-song repertoire spanning the classics of James Taylor to the modern sounds of Dave Matthews, Rohm decided it was time to write his own music. He didn't start developing his songwriting until his mid-20s, but his natural gift of writing compelling stories was immediately apparent.

Rohm's debut CD "Twisted & Misguided" draws listeners in with stories about the despondent Jimmy in Charlotte ("Exile to Charlotte") and the homeless woman on a downtown Jamestown street ("In Time"). He also turns his songwriting inward on other songs, sharing his weaknesses and insecurities in such songs as the poignant "What's Wrong with Me?"

Rohm balances his darker, introspective lyrics with upbeat music and a clear, pleasing voice. Those qualities and Rohm's decision to use a band instead of going solo lift "Twisted & Misguided" out of the acoustic singer-songwriter realm and into a full-bodied collection of modern roots-rock.

"Twisted & Misguided" includes a vocal production credit for Jan Smith, whom Rohm brought in after he was diagnosed with a cyst on his left vocal chord. Smith, who has worked with singers Ed Roland (Collective Soul), Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) and Usher, helped Rohm work to sustain his vocals through a touring schedule topping 200 dates a year.

"If I didn't learn to sing properly, it could have potentially led to worst things. She helped me sustain my singing so I can go on night after night," he said.

Work as a solo artist is a natural fit for Rohm, who enjoys being a one-man unit. Though he's been hesitant to work in a band in the past, he's now working with a group he hopes will perform in the Western New York area every four to six weeks. The band's debut is Jan. 4 at Mad Murdock's in Jamestown.

In the live venue, it's still mostly cover music that allows Rohm to be a full-time musician.

"People want to hear music they know and I encourage them to sing along with me. That's how I've built my career," said Rohm. "I put my bread on the table with my music. Now, people are requesting my original music more and more, and that's the whole point."

Ryan Trares, The High Street Journal October 2000
To any patron of The Stadium Bar and Grill, the scene is more than familiar. The establishment is dark and crowded, with the mumble of conversation and bits of laughter floating through the air.

Everyone is going their own way, doing their own thing, with no uniting theme.Until the man on the stage picks up his guitar, sits down and belts out the first chord, sending a shock wave through the crowd and drawing their unanimous attention all at the same time.

The man is Jackson Rohm, and he is met with cheers, whistles and clapping. He has been doing the same thing in Oxford for most of the 1990s, since he was a student here at Miami.

His typical set consists of mostly covers of popular modern rock tunes, some well-loved classics and, lately, original music from his new album, "Twisted and Misguided". He draws the crowd into his music, captivating them with his clear, harking voice and powerful guitar work.

For roughly three and a half hours, Rohm keeps his fans grooving and dancing to the rhythm, turning the place into a massive karaoke show, where the whole bar sings along. It has the feeling of an intimate get together with 500 of your closest friends.

"Its just a big party when he comes to town," sophomore, Milo Barrera said. "He starts playing and pretty soon you're throwing an arm around the guy next to you, singing at the top of your lungs.

Rohm has become a staple to the Oxford music scene for most of the 90s. He began playing at the bars his senior year of school at Miami, and has been aggressively ever since.

"I try to make it back to Miami four or fives times per semester," Rohm said. "Oxford is by far my favorite place to play. Its always a great time."

He started playing guitar when he was in eighth grade, only with a slightly different focus than he has now.

"A couple of my friends and I were in a heavy metal band," Rohm said. We used to play school dances and that kind of stuff."

As he entered high school, though, other priorities came up in his life. "In high school, I quit playing to focus on track. I eventually ended up coming to Miami on a track scholarship," he said.

When track did not work out for him, Rohm once again turned to music. "It was my junior year, and I saw these two guys playing up at Top Deck," he said. "They were having fun and making money, so I decided to give guitar another try."

He began to play regularly, first at Top Deck before moving to The Stadium, where he has stayed ever since.

After graduating from Miami, Rohm planned on attending law school. Before moving on though, he took a year off from school, staying in Oxford to focus on his music and build his fan base.

He did end up going to law school for a year, but found music to be his true calling and went back to guitar permanently.

From then on, he has brought his craft to bars and small venues all over the eastern United States, playing as far south as Florida and as far north as Michigan. He has built a strong fan base, not only in Oxford, but also in Buffalo and Atlanta, his homes when not on the road.

Although he does mostly covers during his performances, he is very proud of his original material. "Every time I play in Oxford, it's fun," Rohm said. "But, there's nothing more rewarding than playing a couple of originals, and the crowd knows all the words to the songs. It feels great when my own stuff gets a response."

"Twisted and Misguided," a project in the making for some time, was released in June, and has been received quite well with fans. "I had been writing originals for the last several years, but it is hard to work those into a bar crowd," he said. But this past April, I worked with some friends from Atlanta and we made this album.

Along with his band mates, Rohm had some help from some major league names in the music business. "I was fortunate to have Jan Smith as my voice coach for this record," he said. Smith worked with Rob Thomas and Matchbox 20 on their latest album.

The album is typical of Rohm's style: powerful, acoustic driven music with meaningful, yet fun, lyrics.

For those that are familiar with his performances in Oxford, though, it offers a slight twist to it, in the form of a full band.

Despite fear that Rohm's own talent would be overcome by the band, the marriage works quite nicely, with his fellow musicians adding their own flavor without changing the overall tone of the music.

The record begins with the rocker, "Three Miles To Lexington", a favorite with fans throughout the country. From there, it keeps on pace with the upbeat, yet more intense lyrically, "Exile To Charlotte". The songs each have an uplifting feel, but each also brings a slightly different mood to the CD – from the laid-back "Daylight Shining" and "Honesty is Easy," to the clear, energetic "Don't Say Goodbye" and "Roll Me Over."

All in all, Rohm takes a musical style that had become stale and gives it new life. Fans, as well as those unfamiliar with his work, would be pleasantly surprised at the high quality of the music, compared to the local, not to mention national, level.

The next opportunity to see Rohm in person is Nov. 4 at The Stadium for Parents Weekend. If you can't wait that long, "Twisted and Misguided" is available at Looney T.Bird's uptown. You can also check it out at his website, www.jacksonrohm.com, where fans can also get his tour schedule, buy the record, and listen to tracks from it and e-mail Rohm directly.

Toni Ruberto, The Buffalo News
Jackson Rohm is a storyteller. His songs are filled with vivid imagery of small-town life and big-city troubles. He brings his music to life in a full, clear voice ringing with confidence and exuberance for his craft. The Jamestown native makes a living most of the year as a full-time solo acoustic musician in Atlanta. For this, his debut CD, he uses a full band to flesh out his music. It works well. The sound has a roots rock bent Rohm freely mixes with other styles that often play against his usually serious lyrics. A light pop touch, for instance, eases the heavy subject of the afterlife and Rohm's own religious doubts in "Six Feet Underground." "Don't Say Goodbye," one of the many songs dealing with lost love, is downright spirited. And you can get so caught up in the catchy beat and Rohm's soaring voice that you miss the fact "Exile to Charlotte" is about suicide. He's introspective and brutally honest, losing patience with his shortcomings and chastising himself, especially in "What's Wrong With Me?" (For more info, log onto Rohm's Web site at www.jacksonrohm.com

Taylor Pope, The Chautauquan Daily
Alone with just his acoustic guitar, Jackson Rohm sang his tales of small town problems and the human condition last Sunday at the College Club. "Downtown Jamestown, walking on down the street. I see a woman over there on a corner looking for something to eat," belted Rohm. He started out playing just covers and occasionally he would sneak in an original. By the end of his set when he asked for requests he was answered with calls for his originals. His catchy acoustic ballads are clearly complemented by the addition of a band on his new CD, "Twisted and Misguided." With a voice like James Taylor and a sound like a more serious and less trendy Matchbox Twenty--and looks to match--it is surprising he has not been discovered. His talent deserves more than just cover bars were he plays to fans yelling for him to repeat "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Margaritaville." With the right management and publicity, watch out Rob Thomas. But for now Rohm stands with his book of covers and plays other peoples' hits such as "Anna Begins" and "Creep." His covers are done with precision to the point that he wouldn't sing one if he thought his voice couldn't hit a certain note. "Its hard to believe that I'll still be around for eternity when I'm six feet underground," sang Rohm in a song about questioning one's faith. If Jackson Rohm keeps working and meets the right people he is destined for big things.