Jackson Heaton

I was born in a hospital next to a dirt road in a small Georgia town. A town that everybody knows everyone and you can’t hide secrets. They still hold mine against me. Even after all these years, I still love being on the lake in North Georgia, wakeboarding and drinking cold beer.
After a few years of doing sports broadcasting, I stumbled into a building that said Rock 100.5 on the door and begged to get on the air to play great rock tunes and have some fun in a city that I always loved, Atlanta. After a lot of blood, sweat and tears, here I am!
The best part of Atlanta are the amazing bands that rock hard at these kickass venues and much of my weekend is spent jamming out with all of them. This city is always hopping, so let’s have some fun and debauchery in the middle of the night.
Love the Hawks, been a fan for life! Rooftop bars, anything on the water and good company is fine with me. I’m goofy, awkward and I dig anything crazy!



Millennial’s and Gen Z’ers are screwed. Bottom Line. I’m a millennial, about to turn 30 and I worry for the fate of humanity. Like many of you, I was raised to bust my ass in my 20’s, hopefully start making a little money in my early 30’s and then start the whole traveling thing and living with some leisure. You have to work hard and then play hard. The new trend for many millennial and Gen Z’er kids is to YOLO as they say. They want the experiences right away, the second they graduate college. It used to be that if you wanted to travel young, you studied abroad for a semester in college. One major problem I have with online dating is that every woman’s profile I come across, they have to express their love of traveling. Newsflash, everyone likes to travel! Putting that in your dating profile isn’t separating you from the rest of the pack. OK, back to the point. Millennial’s don’t save money, salaries are down, things are more expensive, rent is higher, they always want vacations and many of them were raised without discipline. I fear for the future of our financial economy. Many of these kids still live with their parents because they fear actually having to struggle and having to actually do without some things. I’ve gone to the grocery store many times and had to cross things off my list because I wasn’t able to afford everything I wanted. Buddies of mine have gone bar hopping on a Saturday night and I had to skip because I wanted to eat the next week. According to a survey, “millennial’s say they average about $478/month on ‘nonessential’ purchases, like dining out, entertainment, luxury items and vacations…” Are you kidding me?! Are these kids raking in 100+K a year? Many of them admitted to “dropping $150 at the bar on a Friday or Saturday night…” If I had had that much to spend at the bar, I’d be drinking the finest scotch they had. $150 can buy you a lot of Coors Light that will lead to the greatest/worst hangover ever the next morning. Rant over.

Check out the full article HERE.



The internet has made us scared of everything. I was just having this conversation with my brother a couple days ago. We grew up in the mountains of North Georgia, constantly exploring the wilderness. Us nor our parents ever even thought about mountain lions, snakes, venomous spiders or anything like that. We just wanted to be kids and explore outside. Nothing ever happened, no one got bit, eaten or lost a limb, but plenty of bumps and bruises. We looked at these as character builders. Nowadays, the internet makes us live in fear, constantly! Take the ocean, for example. I used to go in the ocean over my head, swimming to nearby sandbars without a care in the world. I haven’t stepped foot in the ocean in years, for a good reason. Jellyfish, prehistoric looking creatures that have stingers as long as my arm, and SHARKS! These things scare the hell out of me. Two sharks were recently spotted in California that are as big as school buses. I cannot even imagine the heart attack that would come from seeing this creature near me. Next time you venture into the ocean, imagine seeing one of these. I’m glad I never took up surfing as a hobby.

Check it out HERE.



Hey ROCK family, it’s Jackson! Rick Allen of Def Leppard is my special guest today! We sat in a small studio, shared a mic and had one hell of a conversation! Short list of topics:
*Why he started painting
*Using his creative passion in multiple ways
*Handling his PTSD
*He gets inspiration for his artwork while on tour
*He slept on gear in the early days
*If it hadn’t been Def Leppard, which band(s) would he have liked to drum for?
*The support of Def Leppard’s parents in the early days
*I got super nervous when he asked me what actor would play him in a movie about his life
*What childish thing does he still enjoy

He’ll be doing an appearance at Wentworth Gallery in Phipps Plaza this Saturday, May 4th from 5-8 PM.

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Hey ROCK family, it’s Jackson. Uli Jon Roth is my special guest today! Great interview. Cool dude. Short list of topics:

*His current 50th stage anniversary tour. June 6th at City Winery
*Today’s guitar players. What’s lacking?
*The musical face of guitar players in the 70’s vs. now
*It’s difficult for him to get inspired by today’s music
*We live in a “singles” driven music industry




Hey ROCK family, it’s Jackson. Mick Box of Uriah Heep is my special guest today! This was a great interview with an even cooler dude. Short list of topics:
*Their upcoming tour with Judas Priest
*Both bands are on top of their game
*New album “Living The Dream” and the creation of it
*That classic “Heep” sound with a modern twist
*The lack of organ use in today’s bands
*How bands from the late 60’s created the iconic rock sound
*He takes us back to what it was like at the time
*Bands today trying to find a creative sound

Judas Priest and Uriah Heep will be playing the Fox Theatre May 8th!



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