Photo by Stacie Huckeba
Now comfortably settled in Music City, singer-songwriter and New Zealand native Jackie Bristow will release her long-awaited fifth LP “Outsider” on March 4. Working with some of Nashville’s best Americana players, Jackie finds a place where Soul, Pop and Americana meet. Give a listen to the record’s first single, the hopefully upbeat “Livin’ for Love” while enjoying some familiar local scenery in the video.
Jackie had this to say about her musical style: “Nashville feels like a melting pot in a hub of creativity. Being exposed to such great American music has really inspired me.”
Thank you, Jackie, for visiting 11 Questions and we hope to see a local show in your musical future.
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
I am originally from a small town called Gore in the deep south of New Zealand. I grew up singing Country music as Gore was the capitol of country music in NZ. Like so many songwriters and singers, I always had a calling to go to Nashville. I first visited in 2000 when I was recording my first album and was recording David Leonard. I moved to the US in 2005 and started out in Los Angeles and Austin before I made the move to Nashville in 2017. I had wanted to move to Nashville for years, but it was all about timing and finding a way to survive as an independent artist. It took me over a decade to build up a strong enough touring circuit so that I could move to Nashville. I moved to be around the music industry and the enormous amount of talent that can only inspire an artist to be better and keep writing and singing. I wanted to make a new album in Nashville and work with Nashville musicians.
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?
The first vinyl album that my parents bought for me was Linda Ronstadt on vinyl: Living in the U.S.A. The last album I purchased was Darling West: We’ll Never Know Unless We Try. They are one of my new favorite bands and are from Norway.
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
It is hard to remember as I was on a touring circuit with my sister from the age of 11, playing lots of hoedowns and Country music competitions. But the first concert that blew my mind was when I was 17 years old and just out of school. This was the first concert ticket that I had purchased myself. It was Australian singer Renee Gayer. She is a soulful genius. The funny thing is Mark Punch who is my long-time music partner and producer of my album Outsider was in her first band and wrote her first hit ever.
The last concert I went to was down in New Zealand. A fantastic Kiwi /Californian artist called Julian Temple. I went to see him at this awesome music venue in Queenstown called the Sherwood.
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
Guitarist Tom Britt is worthy of a star.
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
I really like Ugly Mugs coffee and tea in East Nashville and I love Five Points Pizza in the East.
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
“Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton.
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
I love Dino’s burgers on Gallatin for a late-night hang.
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
I would invite my good friends Kara Grainger and Mare & Nomad and Jesse Cole, Rick Price to name a few.
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
I love The Five Spot, The Local, and the Bowery Vault.
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here.
Mark Collins who is a great friend from Australia and a world class banjo player.
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
Once I get my visa sorted, I’ll continue living in Nashville and writing and developing my audience and craft. I am just about to release my fifth album of my original songs. I hope to keep writing and recording. I hope I can get on the radio and have a hit. That would be nice. but if not, and nothing changes, I will keep writing, touring, and making music.