Jackie Venson is an Austin-based singer, songwriter, and musician. She is best known for her vocals and blues guitar. "The Statesman" described her as “a Gary Clark Jr.-level talent who speaks boldly through her guitar while entrancing with her gorgeous, smoky voice.” Music critics have noted the influence of soul and rock music on her vocals.
When she performs as a solo artist, Venson uses a loop pedal to create a layered sound. She usually performs and records with a three-piece band of professional musicians, although Venson writes all of the music on her own.
“Austin blues guitarist Jackie Venson knows what it’s like to win audiences over, one note at a time.”
~ GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE
Scott - Hi Jackie, thank you for agreeing to do an interview w/ my website Guitarz Forever.com ... Give our readers a short but descriptive label for your style of music.
Jackie - I like to call it R&B, Soul, Pop with a ton of Rock thrown in.
Scott - Where do you live, play live, and record?
Jackie - I play live all over the world, wherever invites me and gives me a good gig! I live in Austin, TX when I’m not on tour, and I record all over the place, where ever there’s a studio open.
Scott - Are there a lot of places to play your style of music in and around your area? If so, could you name some venues?
Jackie - Yes. Antone’s, One2One Bar, Stubb’s, Mohawk, and Gruene Hall. There are a ton of great venues in and around Austin, TX
Scott - How many albums do you have out?
Jackie - Two, The Light in Me and Live at Strange Brew.
Scott - Why the Guitar? There had to be that pivot-able moment when you said to yourself, "I want to do that?" Do you remember that moment?
Jackie - Yes. I was in college, feeling burned out and worried about what I was going to do after graduating. I heard a blues guitar song by Jonny Lang on Pandora and that’s what gave me the idea to change my instrument and change my path.
Scott - What types of guitarz do you play?
Jackie - Fender Stratocaster Elite 2016
Scott - What types of Amps and Effects to you use playing live?
Jackie - I like. A Fender Blues JR, boss RC30, boss DD7, boss DS1 Kelley modded.
Scott - Who have been your main influences on your career to date?
Jackie - Pretty much anyone killing it independently. Chance the rapper is pretty awesome.
Scott - Who are you listening to these days?
Jackie - Everyone, but lately I love Hozier and Izzy Bizu
Scott - Ok, now for the music business... What are your thoughts in reference to the music business as a whole and how it relates to you and your musical aspirations
Jackie - A lot has changed in a very little amount of time. It’s a whole lot more work to get heard but the artist has a whole lot more control over their destiny and artistic vision than ever before. It’s an interesting time.
Scott - Please give us some top musical goals you would like to achieve in 2018.
Jackie - Land a really well connected and hardworking US booking agent. Get some great licensing and exposure for my upcoming March 2019 album The Love Suite.
Scott - Where can we buy your music?
Jackie - Online via any digital streaming platform or at jackievenson.com
Scott - Jackie, give us a parting shot across the bow with some wise words of wisdom when it comes to the music business.
Jackie - Do it because you love it and for no other reason or else you will be eaten alive.
photo by Daniel Cevazos!