black & white photo of Kristine Jackson performing on Surpo Baritone Guitar at Nightown music venue

Reviews & Quotes

 

Dee Perry 'WCPN 90.3' "She doesn't need anything more than the guitar, the voice and the stories. An old message with a modern package" 


Steve Krempasky, Past President, Smoky Mountain Blues Society "Kristine will strike your music bone with strong hard licks and heartfelt delivery.  She quickly reminds us why we love the Blues in the first place." 


WJER Radio reviewer Amy Smith wrote about Kristine after her opening performance for Mr. B.B King, “Jackson wowed the audience with her soulful and gritty vocals and guitar, she more than proved herself worthy of opening up for The King of Blues!” 


A. Overholt - Trop Rock Fan “ With her raspy notes very similar to Janis Joplin, this girl is amazing. She is an extraordinary musical performer and songwriter. Her talent is creative and original. She is an up and coming star so if you get the chance, please enjoy her shows. With one of my all-time favorites “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Kristine Jackson takes you away to that special place where happy memories exist.” 


Awards & Festivals

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Live performance photo in black and white. Kristine is smiling an playing an electric guitar on an intimate stage

  

International Blues Competition (IBC)
 * Semifinalist Solo/Duo  

2008/2009/2019 

* Self-Produced Album Contestant / 2016

* Band Finalist / 2010


Cleveland Scene Magazine
2013 Nominated Best Blues
2010 Best Blues Band
2008 Nominated Best Blues Band/Horn Player
2007 Best Blues Band/Horn Player
2004/05/06 Nominated Best Horn Player 


Northeast Ohio Blues Alliance 

IBC Challenge Winner 2018 - Solo


Mahoning River Blues Festival
2007 Winner - Solo


3rd Annual Appalachian Blues Challenge
2009 Winner - Band


2009 Cleveland's Entertainer of The Year by CBC magazine



FESTIVALS


Music On The Bay Fest - Tampa, FL  


Good Times III Blues Cruise - Clev, OH

Kent State Jackson Belden Fest - OH 


Raccoon County Music Fest - OH 


Canton Blues Festival - OH 


Burning River Festival, Cle - Ohio

Canal Winchester Blues and Brews - OH
 

Charlie West Blues Fest - WV 


Great American Rib Burn - OH   


University of Charleston - WV 


Traditional Acoustic Fest - OH 


Gahanna Creekside Blues Jazz Fest - OH


Kalamazoo Blues Festival - MI 


North Ohio Rib Cook Off - OH 


Ohio City Blues and Brews - OH 

Big City Rhythm & Blues

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the cover of Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine

CD Review - 2016

"Kristine's vocals shift from gruff to soaring on this power ballad about the loss of a friend, “By Your Side” then moves to the solid R&B of “What Moves You” with punching horns, popping bass and a voice similar to Shaun Murphy or Janiva Magness. With a reggae beat “Change My World” is powered by Ms Jackson’s full throated roar then with a Rod Stewart like croon her vocals swoops high then dropping low as she dreams of “Another Day.” Accompanied by hand claps, whistling and steel drum she’s “Proud To Say” your mine. “Always There” is a rocking ride with a touch of Janis Joplin while “Mary Belle” echoes Grace Slick’s Airplane. With wailing harp along side Kristine’s husky shouts of “Rob You Blind,” the music shifts to a sweet swoon as Kristine shows “How The Angels Sing.” With an icy blast of horns her vocals shiver as she sings “Come In From The Cold” and “Smothered” is a spaghetti western soundtrack as Kristine narrates with horn like vocal lines over her metallic guitar imitating flamenco flourishes. A bombastic rocker, “Burning River Chant” the organ and horns blast power chords as Jackson’s guitar burns it up and her vocals match that force.
With a refreshing gypsy’s abandonment Kristine’s latest CD “By Your Side” takes you to new depths proving it ain’t just the same ol’ blues." 

Songwriting

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A stack of writing journals belonging to Kristine Jackson

International Songwriter Competition
First Place Winner
By Your Side - 2016 


Nashville Songwriters Association

Ole' Songwriting Challenge

Local Chapter Runner Up
Wishing Well - 2018


Big City Blues Magazine

Coolest New Blues Song 

By Your Side - 2017


Over 40 Original Songs Performed 

Live At Any Given Show....