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Plattsville, Ontario, Canada — Independent country band, Eric Jackson & The Willow River Band have released their latest single featuring Jessie T. An anthem for the hundreds of thousands of employees affected by layoffs in the past couple of years, Only a Livin’ is an upbeat tune that will motivate listeners to realize they are more than their jobs, and what matters most in life are their loved ones, passions, and overall wellbeing!

After Eric Jackson was laid off in fall 2022, he started to realize he was putting too much of himself into a job that would never have his back when the time came. It’s a story that rings true with far too many individuals impacted by layoffs in the last couple of years. This song came from that experience and has become an anthem for those who have been impacted by layoffs, or for those who are just realizing that they need to put themselves before their job.

“When I was laid off in November 2022, I was gutted. At first I felt completely blindsided and lost, then I felt angry. This motivated me to write this song with my good friend, Jessie T. We got together, had a vent session, and this song is the product of that experience.” – Eric Jackson, Singer/Songwriter.

“The song’s seamless blend of vocal harmonies and anthemic lyrics make it a standout collaboration that showcases both artists’ vocals along with the upbeat instrumentation.” – Jenna Melanson, Canadian Beats.

Only a Livin’ is a follow up to the bands debut album, Grand, and has been released to positive reviews from local media and is seeing a quick climb on the Canadian Indie Country charts. Eric Jackson & The Willow River Band continue to write new music rooted in real life experiences and expect to release more new music in the coming months.

The new single from Eric Jackson & The Willow River Band is an upbeat anthem for workers that are realizing they are more than their jobs. This classic country tune features Jessie T and has a strong instrumentation including a classic country guitar riff with hints of mandolin, banjo and lapsteel.

Listen to Eric Jackson & The Willow River Band here:




Based out of Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada, Eric Jackson & The Willow River Band writes songs about current world issues, real-life experiences, and good times. With strong vocals and highlights of mandolin, banjo, and classic guitar riffs, their music combines the best of country, folk, and easy-listening.

Eric is a Métis artist who is passionate about connecting with his indigenous heritage, and remains active in the community.


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