Hailed as ‘the new master of the slide guitar’ by the Montreux Jazz Festival and ‘the real thang’ by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Jack Broadbent has spent the past few years wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar playing, as well as his poignant folk and blues inspired vocals.
Born in rural Lincolnshire, Jack grew up listening to a diverse range of artists that included Radiohead, Robert Johnson, Joni Mitchell and Davey Graham. These acts influenced his distinctive songwriting singing, production and performance style, giving his music a depth and heart that defies strict genre.His live shows exude warmth, humour and an energy that has electrified audiences worldwide.
Describing the early stages of his musical journey, he states: “I’ve been writing and playing since a young age. My father is a musician [Mick Broadbent, bassist], so it was very much around me growing up. Having played lots of shows in Lincolnshire during my teens, I made the pilgrimage to London and started honing my craft. It was around this time that I discovered busking, something that to my surprise captured the attention of a lot of people online. This formed the foundation for me being discovered by my booking agency in the USA. The first tour they put me on was opening stadium shows for Lynyrd Skynyrd.”
Explaining his migration to slide guitar, he adds: “I’d been playing acoustic guitar in open tunings for years so it was quite an obvious one for me. The years I spent playing on the streets gave me all the time I needed to pull together what eventually has become my sound.”
Jack will release a brand new album in November entitled ‘Moonshine Blue’. Co-produced by Jack with Bruce Cameron, it is a wide-ranging set of songs stylistically with many musical surprises. He says: “I’ve always seen my writing as a chance to cross genres and styles so for me this album is no different. I wanted to pull in more of my passion for folk and jazz into this record while still keeping the blues very close to its heart. I try not to dictate an album based on any musical continuity. I like to let the right songs find their way to the top of the pile.”
With an already impressive fanbase and over 10 million streams on Spotify alone for his three previous studio releases, ‘Moonshine Blue’ will see Jack Broadbent reach an even wider audience.
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UK & European live shows
14.11.19 BADEN Club Joy (CH)
15.11.19 NYON Bar de la Ferme (CH)
17.11.19 UTRECHT Tivoli Vredenburg (NL)
18.11.19 DEN HAAG Paard (NL)
21.11.19 LONDON Shepherd’s Bush Empire (UK) *
22.11.19 EVORA Church Square (PT)
23.11.19 LOULÉ Cineteatro Louletano (PT)
25.11.19 BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall (UK) *
27.11.19 MANCHESTER Opera House (UK) *
* support to Ronnie Wood