Posts Tagged ‘Sara Jackson-Holman’

[MP3] Download a song from Sara Jackson-Holman’s “When You Dream”

Monday, April 12th, 2010

To me, at least, Sara Jackson-Holman came out of nowhere. The 21-year-old singer, songwriter and pianist — from Bend, but currently attending Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. — played a local gig back on New Year’s Day, and I got word of it just in time to write this article about her for GO! Magazine.

I had heard Jackson-Holman’s name before, but had no idea before I called her up for an interview that she had not only written a bunch of songs, but also attracted the attention of Portland-based label Expunged Records (home to Blind Pilot) and recorded her debut album. At the time, she was waiting for the final version to show up in the mail so she could give it one last listen and send it off for mastering.

Last week, that album, “When You Dream,” showed up in my inbox, with a release date of May 25. Along with it came a press release full of words like “melodic” and “sultry” and “summer classic,” plus comparisons to huge names like Feist, Adele and Norah Jones. The thing is, I don’t think it’s disingenuous at all to say those words and comparisons are not that far off. The album is very, very good, and in some places stunning.

Expunged was generous enough to allow me to post the album’s lead track, “Come Back to Me,” as a free download for Frequency readers. Grab it now, though, because in 30 days, I’m taking it down.

Download Sara Jackson-Holman, “Come Back to Me”

Presumably, Jackson-Holman will play at least a gig or two in her home town this summer, and I’ll be sure to let you know the details when they come my way.

January 1 in GO! Magazine

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Happy New Year, folks! For good luck, enjoy some black eyed peas from way back in another century, before black eyed peas were really, really bad for you.

Here’s what’s happening in Central Oregon, musically, in the first week of 2010:

Sara Jackson-Holman’s a classically trained pianist who’s now working on her first pop album, and there’s a pretty interesting story behind that. Note: She’s playing at Dudley’s this afternoon at 2 p.m. That’s soon!

Here are my hopes and wishes for the local music scene in 2010.

Fans of brooding, brainy hip-hop take note: Three rapping representatives of Sage Francis’ Strange Famous record label — Sleep, B. Dolan and Cecil Otter — are coming through Bendistillery Martini Bar Saturday night.

Two of the region’s most solid, seasoned rock ‘n’ roll bands are playing this weekend. Check out The JZ Band tonight at Parrillla Grill and The River Pigs at Silver Moon Brewing.

The young, local rock band Space Hoax rarely plays live, but all its members are in town right now, so they’re going to do one show, Saturday night at Ranch Records. You should go, because they are great.