Seth Walker / Jackie Bistrow (Early Show)
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017
(Doors open at 6:30 PM)
21 & over
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Over the past 10 years, Seth Walker has become recognized as one of the most revered modern roots artists in the United States; a three dimensional talent comprised by a gift for combining melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar. His latest studio album, Gotta Get Back, produced by Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, is yet another masterwork that further expands upon this reputation.
Growing up on a commune in rural North Carolina, the son of classically trained musicians, Seth Walker played cello long before discovering the six-string in his 20s. When his introduction to the blues came via his Uncle Landon Walker, who was both a musician and disc jockey, his fate was forever sealed. Instantaneously, Seth was looking to artists like T-Bone Walker, Snooks Eaglin, and B.B. King as a wellspring of endless inspiration. The rest is history. He’s released seven albums between 1997 and 2015; breaking into the Top 20 of the Americana charts and receiving praise from NPR, American Songwriter, No Depression and Blues Revue, among others.
In addition to extensive recording and songwriting pursuits, Seth is consistently touring and performing at venues and festivals around the world. Along with headline shows, he’s been invited to open for The Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others.
Seth Walker is currently splitting his time between New Orleans and New York City after previously residing in Austin and Nashville. He’s used those experiences wisely, soaking up the sounds and absorbing the musical lineage of these varied places. With a bluesman’s respect for roots and tradition, coupled with an appreciation for—and successful melding of—contemporary songwriting, Seth sublimely incorporates a range of styles with warmth and grace. Perhaps Country Standard Time said it best: “If you subscribe to the Big Tent theory of Americana, then Seth Walker –with his blend of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock, and a dash country—just might be your poster boy.”
At one, heartfelt and sophisticated, Jackie Bristow combines subtle but beautiful melodies and hooks that hypnotise the listener, demand complete surrender and then stick around with the backbone of a real friend. Jackie's latest album, FREEDOM, features her "soulful voice, acoustic guitar with pop accessiblities and folk sensibilities".
New Zealand born Bristow transplanted to the United States in 2005 and has been playing shows, writing continuously and recently was the opening act for internationally acclaimed guitar legend, Tommy Emmanuel playing Sold-Out theaters across the States. Has also opened for Marc Cohn, John Waite, Bettye Lavette, John Oates, Marcia Ball, Joe Ely, Shawn Mullins, Art Garfunkel, Daniel Lanois, Pheobe Snow, Madeline Peryoux, Jimmy Webb, B. J Thomas, Bob Schneider.
Jackie’s songs have been used repeatedly in Australian and New Zealand film and television hit shows such as Go Girls, The Secret Life Of Us, Home And Away, Outrageous Fortune, Shortland Street, and Go Big. Her track 'This is Australia' won Tourism Australia’s Song Competition, which subsequently is featured in a worldwide promotional campaign.