Lucky Jackson is an Australian singer/songwriter. I combined my review of his album Subliminal Poet with an interview, for the Adelaide Rock Collective (now defunct). Full article here.
It’s one of those great ironies where you’d laugh if it weren’t so unfortunate: the musician who’s too shy to play to an audience. But, such is the case for Lucky Jackson.
“I'd like to be a performing artist,” he tells me, “but stage fright is a serious problem for me, so my career is mainly writing and recording.” And so it is that I’m reviewing Lucky’s latest CD, Subliminal poet.
From the first track it’s unusual: ‘Intro: tripod suite’ features an electro-wobbleboard-esque rhythm with various samples, including applause, chamber music and robotic vocals. This Mozart-inspired piece sets the scene for the eclectic mix of genres that follow.
Lucky’s style is impossible to define — not that he tries. Elements include rock, country, gospel, blues and rockabilly but, “music is just music to me”, he says. “I love all types and I listen to all types. I think that reflects in what I write, depending on where I am emotionally at that moment of inspiration.”
Lucky’s lyrics prove he is most inspired by loneliness and Christianity. An interesting dichotomy, reminiscent of a tortured soul (maybe something to do with the stage-fright thing).
“Loneliness is a part of everyone's life at some point and I'm no different,” he responds. Besides wanting to do something in the Gospel genre, “I thought it was appropriate that my first CD (Tangerine sky) should reflect my faith.” Lucky intends to have at least one Christian based track on every CD he produces; “it always has its influence”.
Adding yet another element to the Subliminal poet mix is spoken word poem, ‘The terrorist’. Inspired by The Doors (“An American prayer is a masterpiece!”), Lucky’s goal is one day to create an entire album of poetry.
An accomplished bard (as Bartholemew Barton), he appreciates “a good metaphor and any lyric that can be read as a coherent poem; that evokes an emotional response”. As such, Lucky finds there can be a fine line between his poems and lyrics.
This makes for an interesting result when coupled with what Lucky calls “an independent sound with a demo feel… I like the imperfect sounds of a recording”.
As for future imperfect sounds, Lucky is unsure since he has no current collaborators. He does have a title, though; Golden luggage. “It's from the Dylan Thomas poem, 'On the marriage of a virgin'. He's my favorite 20th century writer”. I wonder if he ever performed.
Lucky can be contacted through email or MAI Songs Music.