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Sandy Sessions

by Phil Jackson

With comparisons to Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, George Harrison and Simon & Garfunkel. This collection of solo, guitar and vocal versions, shows a candid, stark truthful side to the songs of Phil Jackson. Recorded in the village of Sandy, Bedfordshire
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Big Man
3:12 $0.99
2. Lucky Me
2:32 $0.99
3. So Long Gone
2:29 $0.99
4. Butterfly
2:21 $0.99
5. Going to the Fair
2:05 $0.99
6. Who's Gonna Love Me Now
3:30 $0.99
7. Reading the Signs
2:39 $0.99
8. Searching
2:10 $0.99
9. Times
3:21 $0.99
10. Sandy Theme
0:25 $0.99
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Album Notes

“An Undisputed Masterpiece”
Graeme Mac (BBC Introducing) on the song 'Going To The Fair'

“A really deep and beautiful record”
Rob Powell, Band of Badgers podcasts

'ZAMBAH' blog
UK recording artist, Phil Jackson comes in with his latest album "Sandy Sessions", which is a well put together album that blends the best elements of country, blues, folk, and soul.
The guitar work on this project is where this album truly excels. You could really tell that he put a lot of effort in evoking raw emotion into every guitar strum.
Much of the blues vibe you get the from the album are the result of his vocal performance that perfectly rides the guitar work. Those well placed vocal wails he does are also very chilling and really help gives the album a lot of soul.
This album is definitely worth a look if you're in the mood for a very relaxed listen that is high in depth and texture.

'Words For Music' blog
Country/folk artists have a niggling tendency sometimes to come across false and not genuine, the main reason for this is because of the clichés that surround the genre. For example, an artist in England singing about his travels around America, when they have never stepped out of their bedroom, or left their town. Understandably it is storytelling, and I really do appreciate it, but it’s hard because it lacks a certain real aspect to the songs.
However Phil Jackson walks straight past this problem, with guitar in hand and a smile on his face, as his songs feel real, familiar and relatable. Sandy Sessions is full to the brim with folk and country songs that have a lot of depth to them, conjoined with melody and neat guitar work.
The opener ‘A big man’ is a strong start, as it is reminiscent of something that Johnny Cash himself would come up with. As it slips between a fast paced melody and heartfelt breakdown, the song remains to be catchy and easy to sing, which is a key element of any song.
The album manages to entwine the fast paced, shout to the top of your voice songs, with the more slow and soulful ones with ease, and is a credit to Phil and his diversity as a songwriter. The pick of the bunch in these slow ones has to be ‘Going to the fair’, although it only lasts just over two minutes, the pain ridden feel behind Phil’s voice makes every bit of the song special.  Another song that also catches this feeling is ‘Searching’, which is not only well composed and performed, but like ‘Going to the fair’ has these detached vocals which suit so well.
An interesting element to look at in the album is that Phil is ripped down to the bare minimum, just his vocals and his guitar, with limited effects. Some artists/bands hate the thought of this, as they feel like they lose that well-polished sound, however this entirely works in Phil’s favour as it brings out the best in his work.
‘Times’ is the final song on the album, where you hear Phil reminiscing about past times, and it seems theirs personal feeling embedded within that song, making it genuine to whomever is listening. Even if it doesn’t carry a personal meaning, he’s done a very good job of making it seem like there is.
Phil Jackson is flying the flag for people without fancy names and gadgets, as throughout the album he created very honest music, where each song has a quality to be found and picked up. It may not be the most glamorous piece of work, but it could possibly be the best unsigned acoustic album I’ve listened to in a while.

'Mid Tennessee Music'
Phil Jackson breathes new life into the singer/songwriter genre. Learning guitar early on at the age of 12, Jackson mixes a melodic storytelling aspect similar to Joni Mitchell, with some edgier, folk rhythms, (think of an unplugged Bob Dylan). In an era where cookie cutter hits plague the airways, Jackson brings back two key elements of traditional folk that blossomed in the sixties, his ability to weave a story, and his stripped down way of playing his tunes.
The fact that he’s accompanied by just his guitar shows a raw, and almost vulnerable side to him as a songwriter. In an age where most artists use a multitude of instruments and computer generated sounds, Jackson’s bare arrangements bring out an element of music that’s been missing for awhile.
“So Long Gone,” one of my favorite tracks off of his newest EP Sandy Sessions features Jackson’s ghostly vocals accompanied by some steady finger-picking make for a very haunting song. Other song’s like “A Big Man” and “Butterfly,” are rhythm-driven tunes that are reminiscent in the style of Don Mclean and Bob Dylan.
The simplicity Sandy Sessions is what breathes new life into the folk genre. In an age where “hits” can be generated by a computer program, Phil Jackson’s ability to connect with listeners with just his voice and a guitar show there’s still musicians out there with raw, natural talent.



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