Jackie Bristow was born in New Zealand, where she got her start singing in a duo with her sister. The Bristow Sisters played country festivals all over the South Island, singing folk and country songs by the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson and The Judds. She spent time in Australia and in U.S. cities such as Austin and Los Angeles before she moved to Nashville in 2017.
“Blue Moon Rising” is based on a piece by New Zealand visual artist Ivan Clarke. “I became aware of Ivan Clarke though my mum, Liz Bristow, as she is an amazing artist herself,” Jackie says, as she explains the song’s creation. “Mum took me to Ivan’s gallery in Queenstown, and I was so drawn into the art, and I loved the story behind the paintings.
“Also, my dad absolutely loves the blues—and I have not written many blues songs. I wrote this song for fun when I was home visiting my parents in my hometown in Gore, New Zealand, inspired by Ivan’s art. I wrote it with a blues feel for my dad, and while I don’t normally write songs with an audience, Mum and Dad and my sister were enjoying so much I just went ahead and wrote the song in their living room. It was a spontaneous songwriting party.
“I started playing this song live last year at festivals, mostly in Germany and the audiences were really loving it. My record label and agent in Germany said they would love for me to record this song so we tracked it in Germany on our last day before we headed home to Nashville.
“Back in Nashville, my producer Mark Punch added all the guitar parts, my good friend Tabatha Fair sang some killer harmonies, and JT Thomas plays organ—but the track was calling for a real live horn section. Mark wrote the horn parts, as he has always been a huge fan of Stax Records and the Memphis Horns, so it ended up with that sort of vibe. I was so lucky to meet Sam Lavine in Nashville through my friend Rick Price. Sam put the horn section together with some of the finest players around. I absolutely love the horns on the song, and it’s a real departure in sound for me. It has taken the album into a different direction for many of the songs, which is very exciting for me.”
And it’s exciting for us to offer the world premiere video for “Blue Moon Rising” here, and then tune in Wednesday night, April 29, at 11/10c (that’s 3 p.m. Monday in Gore, New Zealand) for the DittyTV Debut on The Curve.