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John Jackson

John Jackson

Being 75 years old has not slowed John Jackson down one bit. The ebullient troubadour and Piedmont style picker has been hitting the touring trail hard following the release of Front Porch Blues on Alligator Records. It’s a delightful collection of ballads and blues sung in the gentle, appealing manner that has been Jackson’s trademark since the ’60s. Talking on the phone to the first generation country bluesman from his home in Virginia Falls, Virginia, it quickly becomes apparent that his warm and engaging singing style is simply an extension of his genuinely friendly and mellifluous speaking voice.

“Yes sir, I’m real glad to be with this company,” he says of his recent signing to Alligator, though it’s obvious that Jackson would undoubtedly be singing and playing every day regardless of any record company affiliation. It’s been second nature to him since 1932 when, at age eight, he began playing weekend parties with his parents around Rappahanock County, Virginia.

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