Australian artist Jackie Marshall spent her early teens sneaking into 90s Indy Rock gigs and teaching herself to play a borrowed guitar by deciphering Bob Dylan charts of songs she’d never heard in real life.
Still in her teens when concurrently discovering writers the likes of Bruce Chatwin, Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Robbins and Kurt Vonnegut, Jackie wasted no time in deciding to hit the road for a life of real hitch-hikin’ adventure.
Thereafter she added Beat era Jazz and 60s era rock and folk to her musical tastes and started writing songs. Weary from the road one year, she shacked up in a dilapidated Queenslander behind the XXXX brewery in Brisbane with alt country afficionado and musician-in-his-own-right Chris Pickering, his kid brother Vinnie, and Vesna Zornik the Slovenian super diva; during which time she caught a whiff of the tail of all this new-country malarky, not to mention an incessant barrage of fermenting hops.
She released her Australian Music Prize shortlisted debut album FIGHT n’ FLIGHT, to national critical acclaim late in 2006, and an official career in genre-defiant writing, performing and recording of songs was born.
Renowned for her gutsy but tender vocal style (which Jackie has jokingly referred to as ‘Dolly Parton meets Patti Smith’), Jackie was hand-picked by Missy Higgins to support her on the sold-out QLD leg of her 2007 “On A Clear Night” tour as part of the Australian national youth broadcaster Triple J’s Unearthed series. Jackie also performed for iconic QLD concert series Women In Voice at the QLD Performing Arts Centre and featured on SBS Television’s much-loved ‘RocKwiz’ dueting with Australian music legend Colin Hay. And it’s not just Australia that’s fallen in love with her, over the past few years Jackie’s performed extensively throughout Europe, the UK and Japan.
An incorrigible journeywoman, Jackie somehow found time to make her rockin’ new album Ladies’ Luck – out now through Vitamin/SugarRush. Since it’s release earlier this year, the record has received nothing short of rave reviews across the country.
“A swirling, crunching, ebbing and flowing storm of rock’n’roll nirvana… Climb on board or get the hell out of the way.” Rhythms Magazine
“I love this album.” Richard Kingsmill, Triple J
“Like stumbling across the musical union of Janis Joplin and Jeff Buckley.” The Canberra Times.
“What the Rolling Stones would have sounded like with a female vocalist.” The Australian
“In terms of sonic sparkle, originality and emotional clout Ladies’ Luck will leave most of its 2010 competition for dead.” The Courier-Mail
“Marshall is an original, a breath of fresh air, a tonic…The album swaggers like a rolling drunk, it trembles like an autumn leaf, it laughs and it cries…the ragged-edge glory to which rock music can aspire.” The Age
“A mix of confidence and sheer on the money rock that makes you sit up and take notice on just the first listen. On the second listen it gets even better, except you play it louder.” (EG)
“You could almost feel Marshall channelling her heroes with the Janis Joplin howls and Patti Smith poetics that seemed to squeeze their way into the songs… check this soon-to-be national treasure out.” The AU Review.
Ladies’ Luck was named album of the week across a range of media – including DIG Radio, The Age and 612 Brisbane – while Jackie appeared live on air for a run of feature interviews, including Triple J’s 2010 with Richard Kingsmill. On stage Marshall is nothing short of a phenomenon – as anyone who caught her on the national tour to support the album’s launch will tell you.