Jetset Getset (JSGS) is a dynamic country music group comprised of mostly teenagers, but don’t let their ages fool you. Their upbeat songs have meaningful lyrics and the musicians play as well as most others twice their age.
Fronted by three female singers, Jetset Getset has been compared by some critics to a younger version of the Dixie Chicks. It is a comparison the group welcomes, but not one they intended. Indeed, Jetset Getset has a sound and a stage presence that is uniquely theirs. Music Connection Magazine describes their style as "sprightly country twang." And Music News Nashville wrote that Jetset Getset has the potential to be "country music's next powerhouse female trio."
The members of Jetset Getset are: singers Tori Little, Avery Eliason and Sadie Loveland, and musicians Jason Owens (lead guitar), Justen Jette (rhythm guitar), Paul Kelley (bass), Gillian Bowman (drums/percussion), and Terry Ranck (keyboards), the only adult who performs with Jetset Getset on a regular basis.
Based in Dearborn County, Indiana, Jetset Getset began in 2011 when music teacher-turned-manager Kelli Jette decided to assemble a young group to perform at local festivals, mostly for fun. Soon, the group was venturing farther from home, as far south as Virginia and Tennessee and as far north as Minnesota, entertaining audiences with their pitch-perfect harmonies and precisely choreographed stage moves.
In the spring of 2012, JSGS was performing their signature song “Indiana Baby” on the nationally syndicated “Shotgun Red Variety Show” on Nashville’s RFD-TV network, when retired country music producer and radio legend Jack Gale happened to see them. Impressed with the group’s harmonies, Gale contacted Jette and asked if JSGS would be interested in signing a recording contract. After conferring with the group’s parents, Jette said yes. Gale came out of retirement and reactivated his company, Playback Records, in Nashville.
“Jetset Getset is terrific,” Gale says. “There are very few kids singing country music, and these girls’ harmonies are different from anything that anyone else is doing.”
With help from co-producer Jim Pierce (who had previously produced for the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and many other top names in the industry), Gale and JSGS spent five days recording at the acclaimed Nashville studios Catch This Music and Sound Control, under the direction of engineer Mark Moseley. Joining Jetset Getset on the album are some of Nashville’s top session musicians: guitarist Kerry Marx, drummer Eddie Bayers, acoustic guitarist Michael Spriggs, bass guitarist Duncan Mullins, pianist Michael Rojas, fiddler Rob Hajacos, and fiddler/mandolin player Wanda Vick.
“It was like a fairytale, working with those world-class musicians in Nashville,” says Eliason. “We tried to act cool and professional in the studio, but every night we went back to the hotel room, jumped around like crazy on the beds, and screamed our excitement into our pillows so we wouldn’t wake up the neighbors.”
The result is Jetset Getset’s first professionally produced album, “Saturday Night,” featuring 10 outstanding songs about life, love and friendship. Some songs on the album, such as the anthem-like “Stronger” and the energetic “Think About You,” were composed by Jennifer Eliason, the mother of singer Avery Eliason, in collaboration with her songwriting son, Trent. Others were written by established country music songwriters, including Britain’s Nelson King and Nashville’s Tom Paden, who has penned hits for Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and other country music icons.
Jetset Getset had previously released a self-produced album. But “Saturday Night” boasts the kind of polished sound that only experienced producers and engineers working with talented singers and musicians can achieve. If you ever have an opportunity to see Jetset Getset perform in concert, be sure to come early and plan to stay late, because you won't want to miss one minute of their high-energy, family-friendly show!
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