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Are We There Yet – Jill Jackson – CMR’s Album of The Week 12th May 2018

ARE WE THERE YET?’ Is Celtic Music Radio’s album of the week 12 May 2018
The new album by independent Glasgow singer/songwriter Jill Jackson is set for release on 18th May 2018. Supported by a sell out album launch at St Luke’s Glasgow on the same day followed by a UK Tour
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This album is lauded as Jackson’s best yet. Recorded in Glasgow and produced by award winning producer Boo Hewerdine (Emily Barker and Eddi Reader) ‘Are We There Yet?’ features contributions from some of Scotland’s finest musicians. The record will be released to radio as well as CD format and digital download via iTunes and other DSPs.
The singer songwriter from Paisley, Scotland has recently received the auspicious nod from industry bodies after winning the acclaimed ‘Danny Kyle’ award at Celtic Connections coupled with being named as one of the top ten acts tipped as the ‘UK Country’s Next Big Thing 2018’. Jackson boasts a strong online following which has  accumulated over 1 million video hits (You Tube – we’ve counted) staggering for an independent artist.

Having previously been signed to a major label (Innocent/EMI) by Hugh Goldsmith back in 2002 Jackson has intentionally remained under the radar slowly shaking the shackles of the major label perceptions and their revolving door of artists. “Being signed to a major label is an amazing experience when you are 22. But with a major comes the moulding into something you never intended to be. I was on tour with a boyband (Blue) touring arenas when all I wanted was to play at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. This made everything harder once I was dropped. I immediately packed and left for Nashville to play The Bluebird Cafe, to a standing ovation.This started my true musical journey. Learning from all the artist I watched live on stage as a teenager Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin and Allison Krauss.”
“Going from a pop artist to a country artist confused a lot of people and was perceived as being a stereotypical move to be seen as a ‘serious’ artists. But this who I have always been. To all the people that misunderstood me ……Are We There Yet?”

Are We There Yet? is a journey through childhood, loss, life struggles and ultimate happiness. These momentous changes of life and reflective nature flow through every word and note of the 10 new songs – an uplifting, accomplished, mature record.
“These songs fell out of my heart and guitar with a little bit of country, rock n roll and old timey.” Having previously worked and toured with Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Albert Lee, Runrig and Mel C (Spice Girls), Jill Jackson is set to announce details of her UK Headline shows in Summer

2018.
UPCOMING SHOWS
HEADLINE UK TOUR
18.05.18 ST LUKE’S & THE WINGED OX GLASGOW – SOLD OUT
25.05.18 ETTRICKBRIDGE HALL ETTRICKBRIDGE
26.05.18 TROON CONCERT HALL TROON
27.05.18 THE GREYSTONES SHEFFIELD
31.05.18 KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE BIRMINGHAM
01.06.18 HAVERHILL ARTS CENTRE HAVERHILL
02.06.18 RANFURLY CASTLE BRIDGE OF WEIR ** PRIVATE EVENT
03.06.18 CEOL CAMPBELTOWN
07.06.18 FLORENCE ARTS CENTRE CUMBRIA
08.06.18 CHAPEL ARTS CENTRE BATH
09.06.18 THE SUNNY SAILOR MALDON
10.06.18 TWICKFOLK LONDON
14.06.18 THE STABLES MILTON KEYNES

TRACK BY TRACK
01. 1954 This is the story of my Grandparents who met in 1954. My whole life I was inspired by their
sense of adventure, their love of life, family and each other.
02. My Baby Inspired by my love of Benny Goodman and 1930’s Jive swing, My Baby is a true love story
showing the fun side of a relationship. I’m also obsessed with Lindy Hop but my dodgy hips
just will not allow!
03. Are We There Yet? This song tells a story of our family holidays as kids to sunny Blackpool stuffed into an old
Nissan Bluebird. A journey that always seemed to take forever but with a sweet memory of us all singing to Buddy Holly year after year. Buddy Holly was an huge influence on me growing up which made it even more special when I got to perform on stage at ‘The Surf Ballroom’ Iowa ….his final stage.
T04. Finally This is a true story of life alignment. It is a journey between two people who parted and struggled but life finally brought them back together at the right time. This is one of the most important songs of my life as it was a tough journey for us both to get to that point. Although a song of desperation it was important to me the melody remained upbeat and not too melancholy.
05. Worries Worries is about a trying time in my life, showing strength and resilience even at times when I
didn’t realise……and the joys of therapy!
06. Needle and Thread This is my Lindy Hop again! This was the most fun song on the album to write because it wrote itself…..and my 20yr old rhyming dictionary came in handy (Birthday gift from my dear friend Rab Noakes) This song was recorded in one take.
07. Sweet Lullaby Another part of our love story. When a friendship becomes more and love is inevitable. I
need a sweet harmony on this one and Kathleen MacInnes was my only choice as she has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard.
08. Hope and Gasoline Continuing the reflective nature of the album this song takes me back to my 17yr old self. I
always felt out of place whether at home or at school and my first car became my escapism. Home life was hectic with 3 girls and two working parents. Suffering from middle child syndrome and teenage angst that Electric Blue Vauxhall Cavalier was my ticket out.
09. Dynamite From my teenager years I suffered from crippling anxiety. I found myself in a destructive
relationship that brought me to breaking point. Literally, lying on the bathroom floor was a pivotal moment as it was the start of my road to recovery.
10. Goodbye I started this song as my gran got sick….and I finished it when she passed. This is the difficult
story of the fear of looking at someone knowing you are going to lose them.

 

 

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