For Jackie Bristow, the lure of the road has informed her music in ways that don’t limit her to any specific location on the globe. Like the classic singer-songwriters who have inspired her, Jackie has made her travels--which are both literal and metaphorical--a major part of her free-roaming subject matter.
Like Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin and Bonnie Raitt, Jackie has created a body of work that will endure, recording with her long-time musical associate, Australian-born guitarist and producer Mark Punch, and writing finely shaded songs that are at once personal and universal. After refining her art from Gore, NZ to Sydney, Australia and then Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, Jackie moved in 2017 to one of the centres of American music, Nashville, Tennessee. Already five superb albums into a career that is marked by her intelligence, passion and love for the song--these include her ravishingly beautiful singer-songwriter masterpiece, 2016s Shot of Gold-- Jackie is learning from Nashville, where singer-songwriters, country stars and Americana avatars mingle. In Music City, she’s working on a forthcoming album with Mark Punch, and she continues to tour the world, where this singular guitarist, singer and songwriter feels right at home.
In 2020, Jackie returns home to live in New Zealand and will continue to tour the world and she and Mark are working toward the completion of a forthcoming album that, they promise, will be tinged with that Nashville-to-Memphis country-soul I mentioned earlier. She’s built upon an impressive list of achievements that include opening for Bonnie Raitt in 2013 and 2017, as well as opening slots for Foreigner, the Steve Miller Band, Boz Scaggs and Tommy Emmanuel. She says touring with Bonnie Raitt--one of her heroes--was a life-affirming experience. Jackie felt, she said, welcomed.
She’s a true artist--a world-class songwriter and singer whose record-making abilities have resulted in a body of work that has global appeal. By immersing herself in the deep waters of American music, whether it comes from Los Angeles, Texas, Nashville or Memphis, and bringing her New Zealand southern roots Jackie transcends the local and becomes an artist for the whole world.