Bill Jackson (Vocals/Acoustic Guitar)
Pete Fidler (Dobro)
Thomm Jutz (Acoustic Guitar/Keyboards/Backing Vocals)
Sierra Hull (Mandolin)
Justin Moses (Banjo/Fiddle)
Daniel Kimbro (Upright Bass)
Lynn Williams (Drums/Percussion)
Welcome to The Wayside Ballads Vol 2. The Oxford Dictionary defines Wayside as the edge of the road, figuratively meaning to be set aside or discarded. Well our songs have been described as topical, historical and most things in between, populated by characters outside of the mainstream – in many ways somewhat extraordinarily ordinary but always real. Rather than have them fall off the edge we wrote these Ballads to give them a voice and a history.
Special Thanks to Ruth Hazleton, Charlie Jackson, Ross Jackson, Natalie Rhook, Mary Sack, Mike White, David Olney, Mark Gerking, Van DeLisle, Karin McCool, Dan Seymour, John Hadley, John Freeberg, Susan Walch, Tony Stenger, Byron Stuart, Cynthia Voelkl, Ernie Hopseker, Peter Cole, Deb LeCerf, Colin Suggett, Ross Chandler, Bruce and Monica Nowak, Peter and Jane Crone, The Troubadour Foundation, Geoff Mabin and each and every one of the generous and inspiring believers who Crowdfunded this dream. Finally - to Thomm, Pete, Sierra, Justin, Daniel and Lynn for your combined creative genius in giving these songs a life.
Engineered and Mixed by Thomm Jutz at TJ Tunes, Nashville, TN, Sept 2015
Mastered by Alex McCollough at Yes Master Studios, Nashville, TN
Cover Drawing: On the Road to Nowhere by Peter Cole (2013)
Inside Sleeve Photograph: Brendan Bonsack
Rear Sleeve Drawing: ‘Bathroom at Byron’s’ by Mark Gerking (2015)
Design: Deb Le Cerf/Colin Suggett/ Peter Cole/Paul Needham
After six solo albums Bill Jackson has firmly established himself as a songwriters songwriter. Steel & Bone was awarded Folk Alliance Australia Radio Presenters Album of the Year in 2008 with Gurrumul. His 2011 album Jerilderie spawned the song Something in Blue which was covered by legendary Nashville Americana artist David Olney and his most recent release The Wayside Ballads Vol 2 was nominated for a Music Victoria Award (2016)
Paul Gough on Radio National’s The Inside Sleeve described Jackson as one of our treasures and US Online Roots Magazine No Depression wrote – Bill Jackson is well on his way to becoming a favourite of two nations.
Jackson writes primarily with his brother Ross. The content is eclectic but never obvious - from love to war and everything in between. They also have that rare ability to entwine storytelling/folklore into a roots setting. Songs like Kate’s Pretty Green Dress, Joe Byrne, Jerilderie, Honeymoon Gully, CSS Shenandoah - extraordinary stories about ordinary people.
Shane Howard wrote: There is no iTunes category for the type of music Bill Jackson creates and performs. It's not just folk, or country, or Americana, or blues, yet it contains elements of all those genres. Undaunted, Bill continues on…constantly winning new audiences in Australia, the USA and beyond. He's coming from the grass roots, from the ground up, from the struggle of the 99% - his songs are gritty and real and come at you like a hammer, ringin' in the mornin'. Take it or leave it, he's telling it straight up.
Bill Jackson – The Wayside Ballads Story:
The Wayside Ballads Project was conceived during 2014 by songwriting brothers Bill Jackson and Ross Jackson. Since Bill Jackson’s last release, Jerilderie (2011), they had been writing a lot. A plan was hatched to record 30 songs over a relatively short period of time between two continents under the guise of The Wayside Ballads.
The Oxford Dictionary defines Wayside as the edge of the road, figuratively meaning to be set aside or discarded. The Jackson Bros songs have been described as topical, historical and most things in between, populated by characters outside of the mainstream – in many ways somewhat extraordinarily ordinary but always real. Rather than have them fall off the edge they wrote these ballads to give them a voice and a history.
Vol 1 was always going to be a mostly electric record due to the group of songs chosen and production was handed over to talented Melbourne musician / producer Shannon Bourne. It was successfully launched at The Caravan Music Club in Melbourne during August, 2015 before Pete and Bill headed off to the US to tour and record Vol 2 with Thomm Jutz in Nashville, TN.
Everyone is super excited about The Wayside Ballads Vol 2 – essentially a string band record produced by Thomm Jutz (Mary Gauthier, Nanci Griffith, Otis Gibbs etc.) in Nashville during September 2015 and featuring 11 new songs from Bill and Ross Jackson. Joining Bill and Pete Fidler on Vol 2 are some of Nashville’s finest pickers – Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Daniel Kimbro and Lynn Williams. Essentially recorded ‘live’ in the studio Jutz has created a big, warm sounding record that pays homage to the song.
And what about Vol 3? Well this is slowly ticking along in the background - More News Soon!!
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