"[Music] has changed my life in many ways and has meant so much to me that to be able to share that experience with other people, that's really the most special thing for me," Jackson tells PEOPLE

By Christina Dugan
May 12, 2016 06:00 PM
Richard Lee Jackson

Jonathan Jackson and his band, Enation, are back!

The band, who have been making music together for over a decade, knew exactly the direction they wanted to take their next EP, Blame-shifter.

“We wanted to tackle making an edgier, rock album and just kind of wanted to give more of a feel of what it’s like when we perform live,” Jackson, 34, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “That was the musical angle. The lyrical angle, Blame-shifter, just came from a book I was reading that I was very inspired by. It’s just the idea of instead of being defensive and shifting the blame to just accepting it.”

Jackson, who is known for his role as Avery Barkley on the hit show Nashville, says music has always been a major part of his life.

“When I lived in L.A. as a teenager, I was always playing the Sunset Strip, Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy, The Viper Room and all those clubs,” he says. “We’ve been doing it for a long time. Then, going to Nashville and starting that show was amazing because all of the musical experience that I had was able to be used in the show. So, those two worlds have come together now.”

As an artist of many realms, Jackson has mentioned that he can be inspired by everything around him.

“Inspiration for songs comes from all over the place really,” he previously told PEOPLE. “A lot of it is personal experiences and there are times where you sort of take on a character and write from that character’s perspective. Though sometimes the songs aren’t autobiographical, they express things that you’re thinking about or that you care about.”

With their EP being released Friday, the band will be kicking off their tour on Sunday and couldn’t be more thrilled.

“It’s really just the experience of entering into the music with the audience and creating an atmosphere,” says Jackson. “Music is a really powerful thing. It’s changed my life in many ways and has meant so much to me that to be able to share that experience with other people – that’s really the most special thing for me.”