Joe Makoviecki

guitar, vocals

James Black

upright bass, banjo

Tomas Januska

Tomas Januska


Bio & Press

“[A] duo from Jersey — Jackson, to be specific, nestled in the pine barrens — core members Joe Makoviecki (vocals, guitar) and James Black (bass) teamed up with some heavy-hitting friends for their debut LP Purgatory Road, which came out on February 8th. Simone Felice produced the record in his Sugar Mountain Studio in Palenville, NY and played drums; James Felice contributed piano and organ throughout the set as well. As such, the record is an expert set of indie folk, drawing on  the melodies and arrangements of bluegrass and mountain music but incorporating it tastefully into Makoviecki’s songs, which are very much of the now.”               

                                         - John Vettese, WXPN, The Key


" a mash-up of James Taylor and Tom Petty -- with serious focus on acoustic guitar [...] Jackson Pines already have a collection of music that presents a unique lyrical take on life, bringing a rustic flair to the world of indie-folk/acoustic music [...] they've only just begun." 

                                              - Billboard magazine


"[T]his isn’t the kind of generic, glossy tunes flooding its genre airwaves. Jackson Pines digs deep to get to a rootsier place — sounding raw, honest, and vulnerable with a twangy edge."

                                           - Megan Cooper, WXPN, The Key


"These guys are 'workers in song,' to quote Leonard Cohen. They are engaged in the pursuit of music and songwriting for all the right reasons, the honest burning hunt to reach the heights.”

- Simone Felice


"There is an old-soul appeal to the Jackson Pines. Take the uptempo “Sweetwater,” from the band’s excellent  2017 release, “Purgatory Road.” The “sweetwater” is the river that downed a man, the tears that mourned and the flood waters that came afterward.

Hey, it’s hard to find imagery more compelling anywhere.

The Jackson Pines are Joe Makoviecki, from Thomas Wesely Stern, and James Black.  “Purgatory Road,” produced by Simone Felice of Lumineers fame, was released in February, and an EP, “Lost & Found,” came out in August.

It’s a lot of work for one year and it’s all good. 2018 should be even better. "  - Chris Jordan, The Asbury Park Press


"Makoviecki is a gifted songwriter who is not afraid to write about serious situations and difficult emotional perspectives. We need more honest songwriters like this."      

- Ed Magdziak, YouDontKnowJersey