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Delta Jackson Makes U.S. Debut with Soulful Self-Titled EP

Delta Jackson makes her U.S. debut with a sweet ache of Americana on her self-titled EP.

Canadian singer-songwriter, Delta Jackson, revisits a simpler feeling immersing in the sounds of Americana on her self-titled EP., which was recordedin the U.K. at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. The 5-track compilation grows from personal growth, beautiful visual portrayals, and soulful croons that sweetly wrap up a night. Delicately diving into the passion of a contemporary county construction, Delta Jackson makes her welcoming arrival to the U.S. finishing up several stints throughout the East Coast this past month.

Opening the EP with a cover of “Willin‘”, originally performed by Little Feat and notably covered by Linda Ronstadt, Jackson leans towards Ronstadt’s 70s version for her retake of the classic track, filling in the lap-guitar twangs with a fuller approach of layering guitars. “Willin'” acts almost as an introduction to Jackson’s ability and knowledge of greats within this realm versus an EP opener. Nonetheless, the version is a snug soundscape that awaits Jackson’s original tracks. The album’s immediate switch in tone falls into place by the time “Rise & Fall” makes its rounds. The track holds the feeling towards a somber path while Jackson strums into a more melodic vocal approach.

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Standing out, “Gimme One More” steals the show with a heavy heart, and muddled emotions through its sweet, reminiscent thoughts of the past. Nostalgic keys slowly enter as Jackson’s words hold tightly to the scene: “Gimme one more drag of your cigarette, cause its cold out here and we better be leaving.” Hesitantly moving forwards, “Gimme One More” and its aching wounds create the realist, and more emotive stances on the EP. Jackson’s smoldering vocals resonates at its lowest and equally upon the high notes and lulls of a bluegrass theme and Western presentation. “Blue Ink” quickly follows the tone and is visually crafted of a melancholy, bleeding letter, highlighting the artist’s songwriting on this track.

“This record is very much me going back to my roots,” Jackson explains. “Our paths are carved from childhood, and mine was always apparent. I guess I just had some growing up to do. I just felt like now was the time, and when I sat down and started writing, they just kept coming. The melodies, the lyrics, and the rest.” Obviously heated with these roots, Jackson’s distinct and contemporary take creates an atmosphere of emotions that any music lover would enjoy.

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