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Concert Review: Jackie Bristow enchants at the Thirsty Dog

Roger Bowie

It’s country blues rock at the Thirsty Dog Saturday night as Nashville based Jackie Bristow brings her Blue Moon Rising summer tour to Auckland.

First up we have Keith Pereira, going solo tonight without his usual band The Trailbenders.  Keith grew up in the Emirates listening to country music. Yes, the incongruity just points to the universality of the genre, and now he’s making country waves in New Zealand.


Keith Pereira

Great country voice, he takes us through a compact set of covers and originals. A Garth Brooks song to open,a Merle Haggard song in the middle ( I didn’t know that Ronald Reagan gave Merle a pardon – I did know that he was in the audience at Folsom when Johnny Cash performed) But every day’s a school day, and Reagan obviously showed better judgement with his clemency than Donald.

And in between, three of his own compositions, including the final song freshly composed from this morning’s shower: Don’t Tell Me About Me.

For sure, don’t tell anyone about me, but tell everyone about Keith Pereira. He’s a cool country dude. 


Jackie Bristow

Ok, Jackie has her wee dram beside her, wets her whistle, settles the nerves, and it’s that beautiful song from Shot of Gold, Whistle Blowin’  to open her set.

Jackie hails from Gorrrre, and now lives in Nashville, after a musical road trip which has taken her to Australia, Los Angeles, Austin and now to the home of Americana, thanks to her battered green Honda.

Along the way she has released 4 albums, and there’s another in the pipeline, produced by long-time collaborator (and brilliant guitarist), Mark Punch. And opened for a long list of stars, including Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Chris Isaak and also the late, great Jimmy Lafave.


Jackie Bristow

She has a universal voice, deep, full range, perfect for country but also rock and blues, and we get all of it tonight, including the new single Blue Moon Rising, inspired by Queenstown artist Ivan Clarke, along with samples from her last three albums and a host of great new songs which make the new release something to look forward to. Songs about growing up in Kakapo Street, about homesickness (Aotearoa), about love, about her boyfriend, a song written while visiting Joshua Tree with her friend Carla, drinking tequila in Austin (Shot of Gold), songs which resonate a life on the road, and the loneliness of the long distance troubadour.

Jackie has been there, done that, and what all of us tonight want is that she doesn’t stop doing it.

Set List:
1. Whistle Blowin’
2. Shot of Gold
3. Gotta Let Love Find You
4. Blue Moon Rising
5. Fallen Youth
6. Tennessee You Call Me Home
7. Outsider
8. Livin’ For Love
9. Shakin My Bones
10. Holy Mess
11. Surrender
12. Rolling Stone
13. Aotearoa
14. Freedom
15. Crazy Love ( Encore)

Check out the remainder of her tour dates at:

Radio 13 credits and thanks Trevor Villers for the images featured in this article.

Written By: Roger Bowie Roger Bowie has been collecting music since 1964, starting with 45 rpm singles, and then building an LP and CD collection from 1970. 1.8 per week since then. Not a vast collection, but eclectic and occasionally obscure. Roger is a big Americana fan, and regularly attends AmericanaFest in Nashville, held every September. Also, he once played golf with Alice Cooper...

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