You might say that 13 year old Jackson Danger Tuomisto is an “Old Soul” in a “Young Body”. Even though he enjoys popular current music, he has always been drawn to the artists and music of the 60’s and 70’s. It is unusual for a young man to be drawn to the music that was popular during his grandfather’s era.
Of course, the 60’s and 70’s were unusual times and music icons like the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Willy Nelson, will never be forgotten. Their exceptional gifts of writing, and guitar mastery were exceptional. John Prine, like Jackson, started playing guitar at a very young age, is a Jackson favorite.
At the age of 6, his father, Dave, took him to a Bob Dylan performance. Jackson was so impressed that he told his dad he wanted to be like Dylan. His father told him he would have to give up playing so many video games and practice, practice, practice.
At the age of 9, Jackson Danger pick up a guitar, it’s been a love affair every since. Interest in video games was soon replaced by a guitar. Jackson would pick it up every spare opportunity he had. He recently told his dad, “I like playing guitar more than any other thing.”
However, he has manged to slip in a few other activities and excel in them as well. Jackson Danger is an accomplished snow skier and downhill mountain bike racer. Although, his father has warned him of the cost of a serious wreck, that may injure his hands, it has not deterred him. Jackson continues to pursue these sports and has never fallen nor lost a mountain bike race.
Jackson is a quiet, mellow, easy going sort of guy, who expresses himself though his music rather than talking. Preforming in front of large crowds is a thrill for him and he never gets rattled.
Most Friday nights, he preforms an Milagros Mexican Food Restaurant in Orem, Utah. At Milagros, his songs have brought women to tears and caused many a young girl to blush. Jackson has used this opportunity to save over $1,000.00 in tip money to purchase a 40 year old vintage Gibson guitar.
His good parents, Dave and Sarah, have supported his talent by taking him to live concerts. Jackson teaches himself to play by sound and sight. So, attending live concerts is not only a passion but a necessity. He makes his way up the isle in order to get close enough to watch the fingering of the artist on their guitar. He has the uncanny gift of being able to mimic what they do.
Jackson has been able to witness, first hand, some of the greatest artists in music. Just a few in the line up are: Bob Dylan (3 times), John Prine, Dire Straits, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Costello, Guns & Roses, Black Label Society, Black Sabbath, Joe Cocker, Willy Nelson, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Steve Miller, and Australian Pink Floyd.
Oh… if you are wondering how Jackson got the middle name of “Danger”…. well, it was his father’s philosophy that, “People with interesting names seem to have interesting lives.” So far… that has been true for Jackson Danger Tuomisto.