The circle of life in the local music scene is in full bloom in today’s GO! Magazine.
On Page 3, we have a story on Eric Tollefson, who has been playing well-attended shows around Bend for years, and now is releasing an album and moving off to Seattle.
And here on Page 6, we’ll tell you about Jackie Barrett, a young local singer-songwriter who will celebrate her new album, “Between In and Out,” with a show at Green Plow Coffee Roasters in Redmond.
Now, Barrett, 19, is no stranger ’round these parts. She has played the Deschutes County fair, and she won the Central Oregon Songwriters Association’s award for Pop Song of the Year when she was 15, and Folk Song of the Year when she was 16.
It’s not hard to hear why this college sophomore is having success. The songs on “Between In and Out” are tuneful little pop gems, generally powered by acoustic guitar and occasionally by a plucky banjo. But everything generally stays out of the way enough to put Barrett’s warm voice, mass-appeal melodies and heart-on-sleeve lyrics at center stage. Think Taylor Swift without the bazillion-dollar budget, and you’re not too far off.
The album was recorded and mixed by Matt Engle at Redmond’s MusiTech Studios, and it features an impressive list of local players: Chris Kokesh, Scott Foxx, AJ Engstrom, Shireen Amini, Patrick Pearsall, Lindsey Elias, Jason Jackson, Billy Mickelson and more.
The album is at all the usual suspects — CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. — and you can find more info at www.jackiebarrettmusic.com.
Jackie Barrett CD release; 7-9 tonight; free; Green Plow Coffee Roasters, 436 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-516-1128.