Jackson Bard McLaren was born well after many of the classic albums that first inspired him were released. His parents raised him in the small Victorian country town of Warrnambool on a steady diet consisting of the likes of Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. This musical baptism fuelled his early passion for music, and set him apart from most of the other kids in town who were more focused on footy than on music, poetry or literature.
After a move from Warrnambool to inner-city Melbourne, and a month long stint by himself in Tasmania, traveling around via coach armed with a backpack , guitar and laptop, Jackson has emerged with a new set of wonderful songs. These songs will now become Jackson’s second EP Mirrors & Strings, which will be released in April. The EP was produced by John Castle who was recently nominated for an ARIA award for his work on Washington’s debut platinum album. With a new full live band The Triple Threat, Jackson’s live shows have taken on a whole new life.