Still in his early twenties, Luke Jackson follows four studio albums with this live recording during which he plays solo, then with a bass player (Andy Sharps) and finally with a drummer (Connor Downs) too. Recorded in October 2017 at Bramley’s Cocktail Bar in Canterbury, Luke is on home territory, and gets an enthusiastic reception for a set of 15 songs including 3 that were previously unreleased, and over 70 minutes of music.
Luke is a singer-songwriter and although allied to the folk roots world, he is capable of attracting a much wider audience. His deep brown voice has a great range and, with a strong guitar technique and a pile of good self composed songs, he is perfectly at ease with blues, gospel and soul stylings as well as more rootsy fare.
He has a great way with words: nothing pretentious, small vignettes from life with accessible lyrics. The bluesy Ain’t No Trouble tells of a night out “this is my stomping ground” full of boys popping pills and street fighting. Last Train is the sad story of a soldier having to inform a colleagues family of his death in battle. It’s one of the more gentle and restrained tracks and runs into a chilling version of ‘Blowing in the Wind’.
Finding Home is one of several songs about life on the road. with sparse guitar and vocals, which has a strong, poppy melody and revolves around “my life worth dying for”. Is It Me has a Motown vibe and is another demonstration of why Luke has the potential to make a significant impact in the mainstream.
The Road closes the gig with a soulful song about being out touring “my body and soul are on the road”. This mutates into final choruses sung unaccompanied with keen audience participation and hand claps. It finishes of an excellent record by a magnificent live performer, demonstrating excellent vocal technique and loads of charisma.
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