It’s full steam ahead for Jackie Bristow, who returns to her home shores from the big city lights of Nashville, ready to grace the Kinross stage once again tomorrow.
Joined by two musical Marks – Aussie guitarist Mark Punch and percussionist Mark Collins, from the United States – she’s ticking off what’s become her annual show at the popular venue.
The past few months have been hectic for Bristow, and the schedule doesn’t seem to be slowing down, even after she decided to move her home base from busy Nashville to New Zealand.
She’s been playing summer shows and festivals all over the country, recorded a song with Barry Saunders of the Warratahs and another with her sister, Katrina, and written songs for her next album, all while working on her youth songwriting programme, ‘SongCatcher’.
Bristow says she kind of fell into the programme, but absolutely loves working with the kids and discovering talent.
“It’s really exciting … [I’ve] recorded a bunch of really talented young girls in the [Queenstown-Lakes] area, and done a bit of teaching.”
The Southland-raised muso’s also planning a four-week European tour in July, followed by another stint around the US.
“I’ve been feeling creative … but juggling a lot of things,” she laughs.
Despite the rush of life, Bristow’s love for playing gigs remains strong.
“Kinross is a fantastic venue to play, the owners and management just really love music.
“We always have so much fun it’s not funny,” she says.
Bristow says it’s “full steam ahead” from here, as she finishes writing the second half of her new album and gets ready to release those upcoming collabs.
She’s also stoked to have Punch and Collins on stage on Saturday, bringing a hint of rockabilly to the setlist, so the crowd can finish with a boogie.
She says she’ll play plenty of music from her last five albums, showcase some new tunes, and hopes to take the audience on a bit of a journey.
Jackie Bristow Live at Kinross, tomorrow. Doors open 4pm; tickets $40 + fees via bit.ly/40tRBrk