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August 17, 2013

Martin County home inspires country rocker

Jackson Young doesn’t care much about fame. “I’m not a fan of the fame now,” Young said during an interview earlier this week. “I just like the hard work and dedication.”

Young, formally of Martin County, now an up-and-coming country music artist based in Nashville, Tenn., will be in Loogootee on Tuesday promoting his new album “Let It Ride” during “Jackson Young and Country Day”. Mayor Noel Harty signed a proclamation earlier this month declaring the day.

”It is with great pleasure the City of Loogootee is proclaiming Tuesday, Aug. 20 “Country Day”. Both Martin County and the City of Loogootee are so honored to have a song named after its community. Mr. Jackson Young is to be commended for all of his efforts in the music industry and his sense of hometown pride,” said Harty.

Coming back to Loogootee to promote an album is something that Young and many of those who knew him growing up never would have expected.

”When I was little, I went to 13 different elementary schools. Mostly because we moved around a lot,” said Young. Luckily, when he was in the fifth grade, his grandmother took him in. “Prior to that, my home life was not very good and I was getting in lot of fights but my fifth grade teacher, Ron Gilbert (at Loogootee), showed compassion I hadn’t witnessed before.”

By the time he was in junior high, Young was on the verge of being sent to boys school for fighting and other bad behaviors. “I was a malicious kid who was acting out on what was going on at home.” Fortunately, a trip to boys school was not in the cards and his grandmother stepped in and took him for the summer. The next fall, he was enrolled in an Evansville school, but got into a fight and returned to Martin Co.

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