Though born in a coal-mining town in Yorkshire, England, Jan Bell pays homage to American musical idioms through her own takes on traditional country, folk, old time, and blues music, as well as through her own original songs. After some time teaching storytelling and touring folk festivals, Jan returned to New York City, staged the Urban Cowgirl Cabaret and soon founded a collective called Little Red Hen Music to support itinerant folk musicians. Jan has won accolades for her original songs and performances, and she has even been given the opportunity to write and perform her own music to lyrics from the Woody Guthrie Archives
Jackson Taylor tells stories about what he knows -- life. Jackson’s lyrics paint tales of lives filled with passion and joy as much as of a life tainted by sorrow and disappointment – his life. Jackson sings of heaven and hell, beauty and grit – Jackson sings of real life. Born one of eleven siblings to parents of migrant workers, his life began in Moody, Texas, a small town just north of Austin. It was a nomadic existence stripped of the comforts and security that most take for granted. Jackson’s roots instead became deep seeded in his love for music, a passion passed on to Jackson at an early age by his father who would steal away whenever possible to see and hear country greats like Waylon, Willie, and Billy Joe Shaver perform, often with Jackson in tow.
Billy Joe Shaver summed up it up best when he said, “Jackson’s songs are so real and honest, you know straight off he's been there and done that. He writes and sings like he lives, great songs that I believe will live forever."
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