'Exceptional guitarist, sounds great!' - 'Whispering' Bob Harris
Jack Blackman is fast developing into one the most accomplished and exciting young performers on the acoustic roots scene today. His guitar playing has been described as 'exquisite' (FATEA Magazine, 2013), and his songs have been generating a great deal of attention from many in the music industry.
Although always haunted by the ghosts of the blues, Jack's music fuses this with classy song writing and a folk sensibility. His voice has been described as sounding 'older and more careworn than his tender years should allow' (Acoustic Magazine, 2011), and he is also arguably the best slide guitar player of his generation.
'Blues has a bright future' – Maverick Magazine
'At last! A brilliant young guitarist coming through' - Martin Simpson
In spring 2013, Jack went into the studios at Leeds College of Music to record his second album of all original material. With all of the songs recorded live and in one take, the album showcases Jack's fingerstyle guitar playing and soulful songwriting, and has already been receiving airplay nationally and internationally.
'On 'Whisky Grave', he picks up a slide, pulling out a barrage of licks that would make Robert Johnson proud' - Acoustic Magazine, November 2013
'Definitely a young man to watch out for' - Blues in the Northwest.com, October 2013
'If you like your music stripped of gloss you won't find fault with this full length masterpiece' - Rhythm and Booze Magazine, October 2013
From it, the song, 'Charles Walton Blues' was chosen by BBC Radio 4 to feature in a documentary telling the story of the 1940s Charles Walton witchcraft murder on Meon Hill in Warwickshire. Jack was also commissioned to record the incidental music for the program.
In Summer 2013, Jack made his second trip to the Mississippi Delta in the USA, the birthplace of the blues, and performed at venues including Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi and on King Biscuit Time Radio Hour on KFFA in Helena Arkansas.
'I like you. You can really play that guitar'. –'Sunshine' Sonny Payne, legendary host of King Biscuit Time Radio Hour
Jack released his first full-length album 'River Town' in 2011. His finger-busting arrangement of Blind Blake's, 'Police Dog Blues' from the CD received national airplay on Paul Jones' BBC Radio 2 radio show.
'River Town is a remarkable record and should win legions of admirers among blues fans and fans of roots and acoustic guitar playing, showcasing, as it does, the talents of an artist about whom we shall doubtlessly be hearing a lot more over the next few years' - Acoustic Magazine August 2011
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 very best in young up-and-coming folk and roots musicians, hosted by DJ Mike Harding.
Currently studying at Leeds College of Music and working on his 3rd album, this will see Jack continue to develop his craft through the use of a full band. Catch him while you can.