Originally Published: October 14, 2016 10:56 a.m.
Jackson Hatfield, singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, has begun to make his mark in Prescott.
He moved out here less than a year ago and has already performed more than 60 shows in Arizona — most of which has been in the Quad Cities.
In his more than 30 years of being a professional musician, he’s performed in every U.S. state and Canadian province.
His slightly edgy Americana music could be described as alt-country.
“It’s not really country music that comes out of Nashville,” Hatfield said. “It kind of flies under the radar a little bit.”
His newest CD, “tip of the hat” was recorded in Prescott this winter with the help of local producer Mark Anthony.
The CD focuses on real life issues and observations of such dangerous places as Juarez, Mexico, the life and death of iconoclastic Joe Strummer, leader of The Clash, and the uncertain shallow future that faces many people today.
“Every song pretty much tells the story of outside looking in,” Hatfield said.
In his ode to Strummer called Miss You Joe, Hatfield speaks of his appreciation for the deceased musician:
“The future’s unwritten but there goes Johnny Appleseed. When I heard the Rooster Crow it meant everything to me. Got no heat in the house, a campfires all you need. It’s never pretty but success is when your fingers bleed.”
Another song on the album called Heartless Soul “emphasizes the importance of keeping your heart and soul together,” Hatfield said.
The song’s lyrics speak to this nature, saying “Chan didn’t care about the country he was from, or if the politicians were right or they were wrong. He just wanted to face that Eastern Sun in the morning.”
Hatfield’s solo work can be heard every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prescott Club at Stoneridge, 1601 Bluff Top Drive, Prescott Valley.
He also regularly performs with a band. They’re next performance will be at Far From Folsom on Thursday, Oct. 20, starting at 7 p.m.