5 Stars *****
When Tall Tales And Rumours opens with an unaccompanied lament, it seems inconceivable that the voice you are hearing could come from the mouth of a young man barely out of his teens. But even at his tender age, Jackson has ‘previous’. He is a double BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee, has two critically acclaimed solo albums under his belt, and has toured with many luminaries in the British folk scene.
The growing reputation is already well deserved but from the evidence of Tall Tales And Rumours there’s more to come. The songs show a growing confidence, whether he’s accompanying himself with hes expressively percussive acoustic guitar or expressing his rockier side, as on ‘Anything But Fate’. The decision to take a short sabbatical to tour with his trio group is clearly paying off on songs like this.
However, it is in the more intimate moments that Jackson’s prodigious talents are most clearly displayed. The influence of the late John Martyn can be heard in the rich, resonant sound of his acoustic guitar playing, while lyrical inspiration seems to come from sources as disparate as Laurel Canyon, Greenwich Village and the English Folk Tradition. And then there’s that voice.
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