Recording artist Jackie Bristow, who was born in New Zealand, came into her own professionally in Australia and now makes her home in Austin, releases her third outstanding album next month, the glorious, unbound FREEDOM (Feb. 15, 2011), and embarks on a U.S. tour with internationally acclaimed guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel.
With her acoustic guitar, silky vocals and the folk-pop originals on the new album (two are co-writes), Bristow will crisscross this country, from Austin to the West Coast to mid-America to the East Coast through February, and then return to Austin for a March 10 CD Release Party at Momo’s Club.
Bristow’s new album was recorded between Austin and Sydney and was co-produced by Bristow and Mark Punch, the first of her albums they have co-produced. Musicians on the album include J.J. Johnson (who has played with John Mayer), Punch (Kasey Chambers), Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson), Matt Fell (Josh Pyke), Jeff Young (Steely Dan), Clayton Doley and Rob Woolf (Jimmy Barnes).
The title track features the free-spirited vocals that Bristow
is known for, a Hammond organ and an echoing gospel chorus. “Hightail It Outta Here” follows in the same vein, a bit more spunky perhaps, and “Broken Girl,” a powerful anthem, reverberates with both Bristow’s and Punch’s guitars. The final track, “Aotearoa,” is an ode to her homeland.
“Bristow returns, and she’s totally in control. FREEDOM is red-hot,” says the Waikato (New Zealand) Times. “A brilliant work of art, from a brilliant singer,” says NZ Music.net. “However more than just a singer, Bristow is a story-teller, and she has many tales to tell.”
songs have been used repeatedly in Australian and New Zealand film and hit TV shows, and her “This is Australia” won Tourism Australia’s Song Competition and was featured in a worldwide promotional campaign. In America, she has been heard on the in-store broadcast at Starbucks restaurants across the country.
Upcoming Jackie Bristow shows include:
January 26, Chelsea Wine Bar, El Lago, Texas
January 30, Momo’s Club, Austin
February 4, Hard County Performing Arts Center-Tommy Fest/Elizabeth Town, Ky. *
February 8, Van Duzer Theatre, Arcata, Calif. *
February 9, Laxson Auditorium, Chico, Calif. *
February 17, Moore Theatre, Seattle *
February 18, Aladdin Theater, Portland, Ore. *
February 19, Crest Theatre, Sacramento, Calif. *
February 21, Montgomery Performing Arts Center, Montgomery, Ala. *
February 23, Palladium Theatre, St. Petersburg, Fla. *
February 24, The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, Fla. *
February 25, Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, Fla. *
February 26, Clayton Center, Clayton, N.C. *
February 27 Newberry Opra House, Newberry, S.C.
February 28, Newberry Opra House, Newberry, S.C. *
March 10, CD Release, Momo’s Club, Austin
March 22, Main Stage, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (post-SXSW Music)
* Opening for Tommy Emmanuel