“The effort’s first single, “Make Me Feel”, goes a long way to showing Venson’s range, both musically and vocally. There’s a sexy, wailing guitar laced through it all, sure, but the track is also heavily electronic. At times, it’s hard to make out if the neon squeals are coming from her six-string or her Novation Mininova. Spacey synths dance around her lyrics as she sings, “I don’t care what they say/ They will go theirs and I will go my way” in a breathy high-tone fans may not have heard before. Simultaneously raw and futuristic, it’s a prime example of her incredible craft and daring.” (=)
“Make Me Feel” is a sensual love story, ethereal and otherworldly, with a quiet, mesmerizing strength that builds throughout the song.
In naming Venson one of “15 Women-Fronted Music Acts Getting Their Due at SXSW 2019,” alongside Billie Eilish, Forbes magazine noted, “Jackie Venson is truly an Austin legend in the making. An accomplished guitarist and talented singer to boot, she collaborates with some of the best instrumentalists and artists in Austin, Texas, on a regular basis.”
2019 was a banner year for Venson, who has amassed over 700,000 Spotify streams and nearly 2 million YouTube views. She released her album Joy and won Best Guitarist at the Austin Music Awards—making her the first African American woman to win the award in the show’s 37-year history. She had two tracks on Starbucks’ Coffeehouse Playlist, was named #10 out of 50 Young Exciting Guitarists on Guitar.com and reached #13 on the Bandsintown Austin Emerging Artists’ Chart. Joy has received praise from noted publications such as Guitar World, Guitar Player, Guitar Girl Magazine, Austin Monthly, Texas Monthly, AfroPunk, Grammy.com, EARMILK, NPR Music, She Shreds Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine.
Next month, Venson will host the Austin Music Awards on March 11. You can catch her in Nashville on March 31 at The High Watt as a part of her Make Me Feel Tour that kicks off March 27 in Atlanta, ahead of her September album release.
“Make Me Feel” Tour Dates
27 (Fri) -Atlanta (Decatur), GA – Eddie’s Attic
28 (Sat) – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
29 (Sun) – Chattanooga, TN – Music is Our Medicine
31 (Tues) – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
1 (Wed) – Cincinnati, OH – Urban Artifact
2 (Thurs)- Columbus (Worthington), OH – Natalie’s
3 (Fri) – Cleveland (Lakewood) OH – The Winchester Music Tavern
4 (Sat) – Detroit (Ferndale), MI – The Parliament Room at Otus Supply
9 (Thurs) – Grand Rapids, MI – Listening Room
10 (Fri) – Chicago, IL – The Tonic Room
11 (Sat) – Minneapolis, MN – Ice House