For Lynn Jackson, it’s all about the songs.
Nineteen years and nine albums into her career, the one constant that fans have come to expect is top-notch songwriting and that voice.
An authenticity runs through Jackson’s music that reflects a deep commitment to telling stories that ring true with listeners.
“When I write a song, I often hear the arrangement fully formed - I let the songs lead me into whatever direction they want to go. I guess I’m considered a folk-roots artist, but if my writing and ideas take me outside the genre, I’m not afraid to stretch out creatively.
There are no rules when it comes to songwriting.”
Having had a hand in producing or co-producing her first eight albums, Jackson decided to get an outside, creative perspective for her 9th album, Follow that Fire. The album, to be released September 15th on Busted Flat Records, is produced by acclaimed producer Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies).
“It was great working with Michael. He has such a good ear for sounds as well as a vast knowledge of all kinds of music. The vibe of the new record is intimate and low-key and at times, got me out of my comfort zone. Michael really helped capture the essence of the stories on this collection of songs,” says Jackson.
The new album offers songs about the road (Side of the Road, Mystery Novels, No Regrets) to the darkly cinematic tales of Alice and Ghost, to tributes to the passing of longtime friends (Random Breakdowns, False Starts & New Beginnings and Meet Me in the City - featuring Skydiggers frontman Andy Maize on harmonies).
Allmusic.com spoke of Jackson’s writing, saying “she is an excellent narrative songwriter; she tells stories that the listener can climb inside and inhabit for as long as she wishes, and is haunted by them long after the recording ends.”
Says Bob Mersereau, CBC: “Jackson obviously has lots of sounds she wants to explore. . . It’s connected by fine writing, some soul-deep stuff.”
Pat Finch, NightLife, Waterloo Region Record: Busted Flat Record’s premier songbird has had an impressive musical career. . . . She has developed into a sophisticated songwriter. She’s no one-trick pony. It’s easy to believe that she’s capable of conquering any adventure she embarks upon.”
Jackson heads out on a Western Canadian tour this summer in support of Follow that Fire.
All Music.com - May 2013 - Thom Jurek
Canadian singer/songwriter Lynn Jackson’s catalog has deep Americana roots, in the very best way that tag implies. . . Jackson is an excellent narrative songwriter; she tells stories that the listener can climb inside and inhabit for as long as she wishes, and is haunted by them long after the recording ends. Down in the Dust is full of such moments.
PENGUIN EGGS - DECEMBER 2012
There is something hauntingly familiar about Lynn Jackson’s Down in the Dust. Whether it’s the inspired first cut Paper Airplanes, where Jackson delivers a stellar performance, or the terrific cover of Lawrence KS (Josh Ritter), sliding this CD into the tray feels very comfortable. . . . . it is a well put together package by a talented artist and team.
CBC - NOVEMBER 2012 - BOB MERSEREAU
Jackson’s a strong roots songwriter with five previous albums to her credit, and a growing body of high-quality, emotional and open tunes. . . .it's all connected by fine writing, some soul-deep stuff.
THE WATERLOO REGION RECORD - OCTOBER 2012 - ROBERT REID
With the release of Down in the Dust, her sixth album since 2004, Lynn Jackson has quietly but insistently become one of the most prolific roots artists in this area. . . finely crafted original compositions. The closing, title track sends pricklies up the back of your neck.
NIGHTLIFE - SEPTEMBER 2012
Lynn Jackson, Busted Flat Record’s premier songbird, has had an impressive musical career. Now eight years and six records in, Jackson has developed into a sophisticated songwriter . . . ..She’s no one-trick pony. . ..It’s easy to believe that she’s capable of conquering any adventure she embarks upon.’
Exclaim! Magazine, 2010
On her fifth studio CD, Coming Down (2010), Jackson stretches creatively out of her patented blend of folk-roots into “into more pop-informed territory. . . . potentially reaching a wider audience. Jackson has made a creative breakthough.”
The Waterloo Region Record, 2010
“Coming Down (2010) ventures more deeply into pop – with forays into reggae, funk, blues, Klezmer and jazz – than previous releases. Enjoy the ride and stay tuned.”
Vue Magazine, Edmonton, AB
Soft Stars (2008) is “sweetly urgent honky-tonk infused with lush and unexpected orchestral touches . . . boosted by Jackson’s pliant whiskey ‘n’ honey voice. A deft innovator, Jackson dangles her rootsy tunes into other genres.”
On Restless Days (2007) Jackson offers up “spare poetic mood-songs and a
wistful whispery voice that conveys a palette of emotion from longing and regret to freedom
and nostalgia.” But it is often her song-writing itself that is the focus of reviews and acclaim.
The Victoria Times Colonist
Restless Days (2007) “Even the arrangements put an emphasis on her words. The rootsy instrumentals are stripped-down and full of delicate acoustic plucking. It allows her high,
fragile voice to take the fore.”
Restless Days (2007) “Lynn Jackson is carrying on a glorious tradition. Like Cash, Dylan,
Cohen, and so many other songwriting pillars before her, Jackson is writing for the people."
Media: Mark Logan, Busted Flat Records