JADE JACKSON: GILDED
Lucinda Williams, Neko Case and Hope Sandoval are some of the heroines of Americana, and now Jade Jackson has come to the scene with a heavy heart, some broken-down songs, and small town charm. With the help of Amy Watkins (Nickle Creek) on a number of songs and some gorgeous backing tracks from her band of fellow small-town kids, Jackson has put together an album of folky and Americana-tinged country that seems destined to be a hit. But don’t be fooled by the acoustic guitars and pretty vocals because she also gets angsty and angry: “I grew up my father’s daughter / he said don’t take no shit from no one …” is a brutal and blunt opening to an album of heartbreakingly open and honest songs about life and love and the things we all know. Produced by Mike Ness, the album has an underlying aggressiveness but also humble and understated storytelling. It’s a solid collection of stories and images of a time and place a little outside of the modern era.