Jackie Bristow & Mark Punch!


photo by Jackie Toured With Bonnie Raitt!

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) Now back State Side Jackie Bristow and Mark Punch return to California for summer shows. 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. This is why we recorded this album with raw and sparse production built around my live solo performances." 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 Listen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJHCC_azig0 Jackie`s "Shot of Gold` album received great reviews in her home country and Jackie is looking forward to the official release of the album later this year in the USA. New Zealand Herald 4 star review: Graham Reid "And in the moving Fallen Youth she gives Emmylou Harris a real run for her money." Dominion Post 4 star review: Colin Morris "Chances are that should you play this to somebody that listens to the crop of new/new-ish female country stars and they would scratch their heads and say in turn, “Gillian Welch…err no, Lucinda Williams…err no, Alison Krauss…o.k. I give up”. Are they in for a pleasant surprise." More about JACKIE BRISTOW Bristow has opened for international stars Bonnie Raitt, Tommy Emmanuel, Marc Cohn, John Oates, John Waite, Bettye Lavette, B.J. Thomas, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Charlie Robison, Rick Springfield, Bob Schneider, Jimmy Lafave, Euge Groove, Ruthie Foster, Art Garfunkel, Willy Porter, Herbert Gronemeyer, Madeline Peryoux, Phoebe Snow, Daniel Lanois, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams and Howard Jones. Jackie`s songs are featured in New Zealand and Australian film and television shows: Go Girls, Nothing Trivial, The Secret Life Of Us, Blue Rose, Home And Away, Outrageous Fortune, Shortland Street, and Go Big. Her song, `This is Australia` won Tourism Australia song competition and was featured in a worldwide promotional campaign. "Jackie Bristow, one of those "oughta` be more famous" artists, with an uncommon command of her craft and art.” - Santa Barbara New Press.