An indie-acoustic artist originally from South Florida, Carly Jo Jackson’s captivating, raspy vocals and bluesy-pop sound have earned her an army of dedicated followers who call themselves Wildflowers, a name taken from her coming of age song that featured in the award-winning indie short On the Edge in late 2012. Here, Jackson joins Headliner from her now home of Austin, Texas to talk about why she’s desperate to get back to performing live.
It was earlier in 2012 when Jackson was first discovered performing outside a yogurt shop in her then home town of Boca Raton, and she has since been fortunate enough to make a good living from doing live shows.
Jackson joins Headliner on a Zoom call while relaxing her vocal cords at home the night after a long gig, albeit a solo one at a local restaurant - although it’s these kinds of gigs that she admits have been keeping her sane as pandemic restrictions have eased this year.
Headliner happened to stumble upon Jackson via Reverbnation, a platform that offers emerging artists from around the world access to the global music industry, connecting them with venues, festivals, brands, publishers, labels, and the fans themselves.
“I lived in Miami for a while, and ticked off all the venues in South Florida; I felt like I was playing the same gigs - but I really wanted to expand, and I ended up falling in love with Austin,” Jackson begins. “The most challenging part about the last year or so is the fact that I’d not long moved here when all of this [the pandemic] struck.
“When it did, it was just like a big crunch time. For a lot of people it became about paying rent and keeping the roof above their head; we were losing historic venues that have been around for so long. Although I do think some of the challenges have been good because lots of beautiful opportunities have come from this.”