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A country boy on Clematis Street

As a fisherman, hunter and outdoors enthusiast, Tom Jackson doesn't really like where country music is going.

"It seems 99 percent of the songs are about either drinking or getting the girl," says Jackson, 43, who was born in Belle Glade and moved to Lake Worth at age 9. "To me, I like to hear the songs that are stories. I really want to write and hear songs that make you feel something."

Jackson, who will perform Thursday at Clematis by Night in West Palm Beach, will address his complaints about the state of country music on a four-song EP he plans to release in August.

With a driving, aggressive style that has earned him comparisons to Jason Aldean and Eric Church, Jackson calls himself "a true Florida cracker." Archery-products manufacturer BowTech is his main sponsor, and he often talks of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors when he isn't trying to get his big break in Nashville or chilling with his wife, Danielle, at their home in Jupiter.

He plays about four nights a week in South Florida, including at the Tiki Waterfront and Sea Grill in Riviera Beach and Tequila Cowboy Bar and Grill in West Palm Beach.

Clematis by Night will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Centennial Square, 100 S. Clematis St., in West Palm Beach. Call 561-822-1515 or go to ClematisByNight.net.

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