JackiePlease join us for a house concert with Jackie Bristow at our home in Berkeley on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 8 p.m. $15-20 sliding scale suggested donation. RSVP below, or please email Linda at linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or call Tom at 510-697-4097.

After opening for Tommy Emmanuel’s USA tour earlier this year Jackie headed down to New Zealand for successful 16-date solo tour which celebrated the release of her 4thstudio album Shot of Gold. (USA release date TBC)

At once heartfelt and sophisticated, her songs combine subtle but beautiful melodies and hooks that hypnotise the listener, demanding complete surrender then sticking around like the backbone of a real friend.

Jackie says, “Shot of Gold, is an album of real stories and experiences in my life – songs of struggle, joy, love, loss and healing. I was living in Austin Texas when I wrote this album and was inspired by southern blues and country roots music and the people I met in great live music scene. I stepped away from trying to write commercial mainstream music and wrote stories from my heart and my life.

The lead single ‘I Don’t Want To Come Down’ showcases the beautifully restrained, considered but confident nature of the album, produced by renowned Australian musician and longtime collaborator, Mark Punch (Kasey Chambers, Jimmy Barnes). Sparse acoustic picking and washes of slide guitar leave space for Bristow’s assured soulful voice as she tells the intimate story of euphoric love.

‘Fallen Youth’ borrows the lyrics from a poem written by an unnamed ANZAC WW1 soldier found in the public library of Jackie’s hometown of Gore. Written in remembrance of the Gallipoli 100 year reunion, the single was released in March 2015.

‘Whistle Blowin’ is no exception – an elegantly restrained ballad which begins with a melancholy plucked banjo and weaves in washes of acoustic and pedal steel, spotlighting the clarity of Bristow’s plaintive voice as she sets the scene:
Summers gone and Winter’s coming on / I can feel the cold front blowin’ / and I don’t see the fog lifting