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

Staff Writer
Austin 360
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.”

Read more about Venson, our Austin360 Artist of the Month for January, and see her perform in our studio on our premium website,