We had the good fortune of connecting with Jackson Wagner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jackson, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
From a very early age I was aware that I wanted to be a musician and pursue a creative career. I was greatly influenced by songwriters like Bob Dylan and John Prine and remain in awe of their story-telling abilities. Over the years, I have worked to find my voice as a songwriter, leading me to many different genres and styles. My upcoming project exemplifies this variety, as it showcases my blues and Americana roots while incorporating elements of folk and alternative rock. Music has always been a major part of my life and it only makes sense that my career choice would reflect that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My songwriting is greatly influenced by my love of the blues, rock, and folk music. Last year, I released my debut album titled “Take The World” on all major streaming platforms; a blues-heavy project that combined old-school rock n’ roll with more contemporary alternative elements. The pandemic and the subsequent lack of opportunities for live performances forced me to spend more time focused on writing and recording music, ultimately leading me to discover a songwriting style that fully resonates with my musical identity. Recently, I have been inspired by and have taken cues from other modern songwriters like Marcus King and Billy Strings. My new upcoming project which is slated to debut in May of 2021, eclectic in nature; will feature heavier electric blues tracks as well as acoustic bluegrass elements. I am very excited about this project as I believe it is the perfect amalgamation of the various musical elements that characterize my songwriting style.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego is an amazing city with many iconic places to see and experience. I have always been an outdoors person so I would definitely recommend exploring the winding nature paths and impressive museums at Balboa Park. I frequently go there to open my guitar case and busk during the afternoons or just to hike through the sprawling greenery. For dinner, I would probably recommend any of the restaurants in and around Little Italy. The best place for brunch in the city however, is Queenstown Public House; a New Zealand style restaurant located just south of Little Italy. After that, I would recommend visiting the beach and renting some paddle boards or kayaks to have a relaxing afternoon exploring Mission Bay. For drinks, Pacific Beach is the place to be. With one beach-front bar after the next, you don’t need to travel far for a unique and memorable dining/drinking experience.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my Mom for the endless support she has provided me over the years. I would have never been exposed to the music that shaped me into who I am today if it were not for my parents, and their amazing taste in music. Listening to Jerry Garcia inspired me to learn the guitar, but it was my parents that first influenced me to listen to the Dead, ultimately setting me on the path for an artistic career.