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Enation were formed in Battle Ground, Washington in 2002 by brothers Jonathan Jackson (vocals, guitar) and Richard Lee Jackson (drums), along with friends Daniel Sweatt (bass), Luke Galeotti (guitar), and Michael Galeotti (keyboards). Both Jackson brothers had flourishing acting careers in film and television going when the band officially formed, and while it is tempting to view their musical aspirations as an adjunct, both view acting and playing music under the same creative umbrella: as a way to tell a story. Enation released a debut independent album, Identity Theft, in 2004, basing their sound on the anthemic pop template of bands like U2 and Radiohead, with Jonathan writing most of the material and serving as the frontman. Two more independent albums followed in 2007, Soul & Story, Vol. 1 and Where the Fire Starts, with a third, World in Flight, arriving a year later in 2008. That same year the albums Identity Theft and Where the Fire Starts were blended into a single package and re-released as Falling into Sounds: The Early Sessions 2004-2007. In 2010, they put out the live album The Future Is a Memory: Live from the Northwest, and the studio LP My Ancient Rebellion followed in 2011. With their singer landing a recurring role on the ABC musical drama Nashville in 2012, Enation released 2014's Radio Cinematic on Loud-N-Proud Records as as Jonathan Jackson + Enation. By then the band was down to the trio of the Jackson brothers and bassist Sweatt. Blame-Shifter followed in 2016 on the MRI label. ~ Steve Leggett