6th Dec, 2016

Jack Blackman bringing the blues back home

Stratford Editorial 16th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

YOUNG guitarist and songwriter Jack Blackman will be bringing the blues back home when he plays Stratford on Friday November 20.

Alcester-based Jack is fast developing into one the most accomplished young performers on the acoustic roots scene. His guitar playing has been widely-acclaimed and his songs have been generating attention from many in the music industry, having been featured on BBC Radio 2, Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 4.

Although always haunted by the ghosts of the blues, Jack’s music also features a folk sensibility.

Acoustic Magazine described his voice as sounding ‘older and more careworn than his tender years should allow’ while also raving about his slide guitar playing ability.

Jack reached the semi-finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in the years 2010 and 2011 which saw him perform in concerts featuring the best young up-and-coming folk and roots musicians.

He released his first full-length album River Town in 2011, followed by the eponymous follow-up two years later.

Having recently graduated from Leeds College of Music and currently working on his third album.

He has also taken his blues to the birthplace of the music – the Mississippi Delta. While there he performed at venues including Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, and on King Biscuit Time Radio Hour on KFFA in Helena Arkansas.

Jack can be seen closer to home when he plays Stratford Picturehouse. The gig starts at 8pm.

Visit www.jackblackman.com for further details.