Live Music: Country Music Sensation at Old School

Country music artist Jackie Bristow is performing in Raglan, May 1 as part of her Album release tour- Outsider. She is particularly looking forward to the Raglan performance at the Old School. ‘I love the cool vibe of Raglan and the free spirit of the place. I’m super excited to visit the town again.’  

Jackie Bristow has taken many musical journeys to reach her fifth album, and her first in six years. The New Zealand native has gone to Sydney, Los Angeles, Austin and Nashville to pursue her artistic vision.

The happy result of all her moves, OUTSIDER finds her standing at the crossroads – of soul and country, rock ‘n’ roll, and singer-songwriter folk – and reveals her drive to embrace change, keep moving , and to discover something new and exciting.

 Recorded in Nashville with an all-star cast of soul and Americana musicians, Outsider is Jackie’s tribute to the music of the American South. A collection that underscores Jackie’s life as a global artist, Outsider is inspired by the myriad sounds found in her adopted home of Nashville, one of the capitals of American music.

 “Nashville feels like a melting pot in a hub of creativity,” says Jackie. “Being exposed to such great American music has really inspired me.”

 With its mix of acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, banjo, strings and horns, the album stands as a triumph by a singer-songwriter who American Songwriter has hailed as “crafting some of the most beautiful, compelling Americana today.”

Title track ‘Outsider’ is a strong, sassy number, a perfectly-formed country-pop tune, coupled with great song-writing as she sings, “I’m always on the outside, of the in-crowd…I’m never on the inside, with the hip crowd…I’m an outsider.”

Bristow, however, is very much a hip insider when it comes to expressing her brand of Country Soul Americana, and her beautiful new album wonderfully underscores her musical depth and commitment to conveying her deeply felt songs.

Jackie Bristow – ‘Outsider’ Album Release Tour.  4.30pm, doors open 4pm.  Early bird tickets $25 www.undertheradar.co.nz, door sales $30. 

“Each is a stand-alone jewel and the entire album is an adventure into the heart of a legendary talent. Could be an Album of the Year.” – IndiePulse Music Magazine

“Subtle power, sensitive soul, sultry sound, sensational singing.” – Muzic.net.