Jackie Marshall
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Jackie Marshall

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | INDIE

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | INDIE
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BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

Jackie Marshall @ NYMAGEE FESTIVAL

Nymagee, New South Wales, Australia

Nymagee, New South Wales, Australia

Jackie Marshall @ Corroboree Park Hall

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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No, no, NO. This is all wrong! I don’t like country music. I don’t like country music. And one more time for the skeptics: I. Don’t. Like. Country. Music! There must be some mistake. My musical palette is a pure and refined slab of gold. Best clean my ears, start afresh. I am adamant about this: I DON’T LIKE – ok you get the picture. But Brisbanite Jackie Marshall’s hot-off-the-press second album Ladies’ Luck – dubbed ‘country-folk-rock’ by previous reviewers – challenges me, right from the opening line: “Eating cherries and drinking whiskey, we don’t have kids and there’s no man listening”. Ok, let’s be honest… she had me at ‘eating’.

Now, country music has received a lot of flack over the years. The CM lover has no place in our society of swanky young indie-pop-rock-electro-folksters, and it’s an unspoken rule that this particular genre has but one purpose: comic fodder. (Trust me, I hail from the dosey-doe-and-away-we-go Country Music Capital of Australia, Tamworth; I’m an expert). Yet despite the mentions of spurs, country fairs (gasp!) and rodeos (oh no, she di’n’t!) Jackie Marshall is being lauded as one of the most talented singer/song-writers around at the moment, since debuting in 2005 with folk/country debut Fight ‘n Flight.

I REALLY shouldn’t like this. And admittedly, there is corniness in this album: some of the big power ballad endings belted out in that strong husky voice of hers are akin to the type you’d find being slurred by some inebriated louts at the local on a Fridee noight. Fist clenching, eyes closed, the whole shebang. Yet somehow you still find yourself loving the song – heck, I even caught myself clench-handed! Her voice is phenomenal. Oozing personality (you can almost hear her smiling at times), she is able to control any vocal acrobatics that take place and the versatility is astounding. She possesses the ability to really let loose, grinding blissfully against your eardrums for the big ones and then, in stark contrast, perfecting an extremely emotive sense of fragility and warmth for the softer ballads. Decorated with gorgeous harmonies and backed for the big grunge numbers by the Black Alles Band, the album covers all the bases (seriously – have YOU ever heard a harmonized musical saw? Check out Track two).

Lyrically, the album ranges from the moving and poignant: “I should have drunk more/riding high on your horse/cos now my mouth sure feels dry/feels like a desert” to the darkly amusing: “And I don’t wanna be that girl keepin’ cats for company/So I’m gonna get a dog to sing along with me”. There are fun tracks, like the playful title track and opener ‘Ladies’ Luck’ and the fast-paced-fiddle-laced ‘Seven Licks’, but the songs where Marshall really excels are the ballads. ‘Excuse Me Mister (That’s My Heart)’ demonstrates this wonderfully – the dynamic variation between the soft, wistful verses and beautifully indulgent chorus grab you by the hairs on your neck and keep you floating in electric air. Her portrayal of feeling – and I say this as somebody VERY emotionally removed from paddocks/cattle/etc – is simply exquisite.

Now for all ye doubters, rest assured the grungier tracks on the album are more your sweaty-pub country than ‘grab-your-pardners-and-away-we-go’ barn dance variety (though I wouldn’t be surprised if I spotted a hay bale amongst the bar stools). ‘Too, Somebody’ will have you grabbing your air guitars for a no-holds-barred rock out, with Marshall’s gritty and passion-filled voice vies for the lead. ‘The Ugly Man’ claims equal intensity by the time it reaches its climax with staccato drumming and heavy guitar melodies kicking in for a pounding finish.

This is a new direction for Marshall and a far cry away from her more ‘folky’ previous album, but she not only pulls it off, she masters it. I for one hope she stays on this path for awhile (besides, then I can justify liking ‘rock’ music as opposed to ‘country’, thereby making me infinitely cooler in the eyes of society). - Musicfeeds.com.au

Ladies' Luck
Jackie Marshall
4 stars
WHEN Jackie Marshall appeared seemingly out of nowhere on her groundbreaking 2006 debut Fight n'Flight, it was clear that an original Australian voice had arrived. And I'm not just talking about her quirky, sensual, seductive and often heartbreakingly emotive singing style. Marshall's songs were also unique. She opened a seam of gold in ordinary and not so ordinary Australian experience -- especially, but not exclusively, of the female kind -- that had somehow never made it into song before. However, like many an adventurous musician who starts off in the alternative country genre, Marshall obviously harboured an inner rock goddess that was just dying to get out. Ladies' Luck well and truly lets the genie out of the bottle. And don't think for one moment that this leap is into straightforward rock of the Janis Joplin or even the Melissa Etheridge kind. The title track, which opens proceedings, is a comic affair, with which, you suspect, many Aussie ladies out for nothing more than a good time with a friend will identify. Though slow paced, the fuzz guitar and organ land us firmly in rock territory as Marshall begins: "Eating cherries and drinking whiskey: we don't have kids and there's no man listening." Too, Somebody, which follows, is a real rock belter, with the Marshall voice practically tearing itself apart. It slides away into glockenspiel and sweet harmonies before returning for a full-on rock encore, then it whispers away again. Excuse Me Mister is what the Rolling Stones would have sounded like with a female vocalist. Headn South is a throwback to classic, pre-rock Marshall, with flat picking guitar, and a country air in which she neatly observes the contradictions of desire. "They met at the country fair. He didn't like her flaming hair. She didn't like his blatant stare. They got it on, right then and there," she sings. The whole thing surrenders, at the end, to a gorgeous fiddle chorus, and you can almost smell the hay. Marshall's songs might be confessional, and they just might be fiction. You may not know when she sings, in Just Like Deedee's Wife: "I can't sleep with a naked arse -- he couldn't understand it but he always let it pass" whether she speaks from the dust of her relationships or her imagination, so real is the conviction and heart in her voice. But what you can be sure of is that no one quite like Jackie Marshall has come along before. - Ian Cuthbertson - The Weekend Australian

"...it's excellent to see so many punters here early to cathc the set of local songstress Jackie Marshall. Her unrelenting, contagious enthusiasm fills the entire room while her special blend of off-kilter country/blues/folk is stridently impressive. Backed by a remarkable band and falling somewhere uniquely between Lucinda Williams and Janis Joplin, Marshall commands your attention and affections while tickling your musical taste buds all at the same time." Ben Preece, TimeOff
- TimeOff

Continuing the triple treat of Brisbane songwriters is the illustrious Jackie Marshall. Since the night is also the launch of her debut LP Fight'n'Flight, Marshall is in a very jovial mood, and judging by tonight's performance, this writer stands by his proclamation that we have our very own (female) Dylan amongst us. Marshall's delivery is unique. Her anecdotes and asides are as vital to her performance as the songs, and invite the audience into her world just that little bit more. On some songs she soars through a quick history of music, from the drunken scatting of Billie Holiday, to the alt-country croons of nearly any love-stained singer you've ever heard, and finally her own brand of folk rock.

It's an empowering, entertaining and envious performance from arguably the most confident female songwriter this city has produced in some time. - TimeOff

"Jackie Marshall performs for her first time with the WIV ensemble, yet the power of her performance surely ensures this will not be her last. Her husky, smooth, sensual voice and laid back, bluesy music about pain and pretty men make even the most ambivalent audience member melt in their seat. Marshall almost hides the true power of her voice, which enhances her performance’s mystery and intrigue."
Erin White - Australian Stage Online

"Jackie Marshall is the first to represent the back stage, and with only her guitar and deliciously splintered, grainy vocals, is not far from transfixing, telling tales of people she knows, friends who have fucked up or done right. Half-speaking some of her lyrical stories with a throat recalling an intimate solo Tim Rogers, and demonstrating tons of ruffian charm between songs, Marshall is unequivocally Australian without the clichés or culture cringe." SIMON TOPPER - RAVEMAG.com.au

"Jackie Marshall held 300 people in the palm of her hand for nearly an hour..." - The Nyngan Observer


Fight n'Flight LP (Television/Vitamin+Sugarrush Digital) 2006

(ToHeart/Vitamin+Sugarrush Digital)



NEW ALBUM Ladies' Luck OUT NOW (Vitamin/Sugarrush Digital)

What they're saying about Jackie Marshall's new album LADIES' LUCK:

"I love this album. I hear Mia Dyson, Tim Rogers, The Drones and a don't f**k with me attitude that's hard to ignore and not be excited by..."
Richard Kingsmill Triple J

"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 Age (feature album)

With her "husky, smooth, sensual voice and laid back, bluesy music about pain and pretty men" (Australian Stage) swerving hard into the "swirling, crunching, ebbing and flowing storm of rock ‘n’ roll nirvana" (Rhythms) of her new independent album LADIES' LUCK, eccentric artist Jackie Marshall is fast impressing critics up and down the country with her passionate and heartfelt stage performances and an idiosyncratic writing style, blending 60s rock with an intimate left-of-centre country music. Responses to her album and shows alike speak for themselves. Equally at home fronting a full band or in more reflective acoustic solo mode, Marshall is one of the must-see Australian artists of 2010.

The Queensland-raised Marshall has now released two independent albums, Fight n'Flight (shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize 2006) and her new album Ladies' Luck (which received major funding from Arts Queensland) is fast becoming a critics' favourite in 2010, receiving high praise and featured reviews in national print media including The Australian, The Age, The Courier Mail, The Canberra Times and Rhythms Magazine, and counting. She won a QSong Award for her song The Freeloader Regrets and was been shortlisted for the Courier Mail People's Choice Award for song Too, Somebody. Jackie was Unearthed on TripleJ by Missy Higgins in 2007, has featured on telly shows like RocKwiz, written for puppet theatre in Slovenia, composed country haiku songs in Japan, and is touring her new pineapple-flavoured alt-deco rock'n'roll album throughout Australia in 2010.


"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."
The Age (EG)

"In terms of sonic sparkle, originality and emotional clout Ladies' Luck will leave most of its 2010 competition for dead"
The Courier Mail


"Like stumbling across the musical union of Janis Joplin and Jeff Buckley"
The Canberra Times

"a soon-to-be national treasure.”

“Marshall is one of the finest voices in the land, and I’ll stand on anyone’s coffee table and declare that.”





Clare McGregor

SugarRush Records/IODA



• debut album FIGHT n'FLIGHT shortlisted for Australian Music Prize alongside The Drones,
Augie March, The Grates and Sarah Blasko 2006
• SBS RocKwiz television show appearance alongside Colin Hay
• song "Too Somebody" shortlisted Courier Mail QSong People's Choice Award
• featured vocalist in iconic "Women In Voice" QPAC concert series
• Handpicked by Missy Higgins as support for "On A Clear Night" 2007 Australian national radio
network Triple J Unearthed tour
• song "The Cove What Did" performed by CODA as the Les Mis moment for Sydney Fire Water
event drawing 27,000 attendees at The Rock (Sydney), June 2009
• Supported Claire Bowditch, Emiliana Torrini, Francoiz Breut & many more.
• song "The Freeloader Regrets" best song mixed alternative QSong
• song "Fresh Meat" featured ABC television series East Of Everywhere
• song "You Want What I've Got" featured soundtrack to Chris Nyst film Crooked Business
• Woodford Folk Festival, Nymagee Outback Festival, Mossvale Folk Festival, Corinbank Festival, Valley Fiesta appearances and more