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The Wayside Ballads Vol 2

Bill Jackson


‘The Wayside Ballads Vol 2’ is Melbourne singer-songwriter Bill Jackson’s follow-up to his 2011 release ‘Jerilderie’. and 2015 release ‘The Wayside Ballads Vol 1’

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Songwriting brothers Bill Jackson and Ross Jackson conceived ‘The Wayside Ballads’ project during 2014. During the time since Bill Jackson’s previous release, ‘Jerilderie’ (2011), they had been writing a lot. It was decided to record 30 songs over a relatively short period of time under the guise of ‘The Wayside Ballads’. The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘Wayside’ as the edge of the road, figuratively meaning to be set aside or discarded. The Jackson’s songs have been described as topical, historical and most things in between, populated by characters outside of the mainstream – in many ways somewhat extraordinarily ordinary but always real. Rather than have them fall off the edge they wrote these ballads to give them a voice and a history. Volume 1 was always going to be a mostly electric record due to the group of songs chosen and production was handed over to Melbourne Musician/Songwriter/Producer Shannon Bourne. It was successfully launched at The Caravan Music Club during August, 2015 before Pete and Bill headed off to the US to tour and record ‘The Wayside Ballads Vol 2’ with Thomm Jutz in Nashville, TN. Everyone is super excited about this essentially string band record.  Jutz assembled a band of some of Nashville’s finest pickers to join Jackson and long time cohort Pete Fidler and record 11 new songs essentially ‘Live’ in the studio. Welcome to ‘The Wayside Ballads Vol 2’.

Bill Jackson (Vocals/Acoustic Guitar)
Pete Fidler (Dobro)
Thomm Jutz (Acoustic Guitar/Keyboards/Backing Vocals)
Sierra Hull (Mandolin)
Justin Moses (Banjo/Fiddle)
Daniel Kimbro (Upright Bass)
Lynn Williams (Drums/Percussion)

Engineered and Mixed by Thomm Jutz at TJ Tunes, Nashville, TN, Sept 2015
Mastered by Alex McCollough at Yes Master Studios, Nashville, TN

All Songs written by Bill Jackson/Ross Jackson except ‘Pink Jesus’ (Bill Jackson/Ross Jackson/John Hadley) and Ghost of His Own (Bill Jackson/Ross Jackson/Nigel Wearne)

Produced by Thomm Jutz


Essay by Shane Howard APRIL 2016

Weight .125 kg
Dimensions 20 × 20 × 1.5 cm
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