Austin360 Artist of the Month Jackie Venson is ready for a big 2018

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Austin360 Artist of the Month Jackie Venson is ready for a big 2018

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Jackie Venson performs in late December at One 2 One Bar. Venson has been named Breakout Artist of the Year in the inaugural Austin360 Awards and the Austin360 Artist of the Month for January. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

2017 was a big year for Jackie Venson. She took her trio to Europe, played to a hometown audience of thousands at KGSR’s popular summer Blues on the Green series and did a series of 10 national tour dates opening for homegrown blues superstar Gary Clark Jr. In September, she released “Transcends,” a five-song EP that features her strongest songwriting to date.

And 2018 is shaping up to be even bigger. She rattles off an exhausting itinerary:

“In January I’m going to go back to the Midwest to do all the towns I did with Gary on a followup tour. I’m also going to Nashville for a couple dates. In February, I’m going to Finland. In March, I’m going to Scotland, the U.K. and California. In May, I’m going to go to Germany.”

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