We’ve devoted our entire lives to music, and this is what it sounds like.sc: What do you hope will come from this show? JV: New fans, more shows in the future, and a good time. sc: Why a live album? JV: I’ve already done one studio album and two studio EPs, and i wanted to do something different. Also, I started working with a new drummer, Rodney, who’s amazing, and I wanted to capture that chemistry and that new sound. Working with Rodney did something to the songs that turned them from just acoustic arrangements to band songs. sc. Where’d you find Rodney? JV: Rodney was actually my dad’s drummer for 25 years [Venson’s dad was the bass player for the Austin band Blue Mist], all through the 90s. My dad highly recommend him, and finally I was like “Ok, dad I’ll listen to you,” and he was right. As he usually is when it comes to music. sc: How have you grown since your last album? JV: I feel that the difference is night and day. I’ve played so many more shows, written new types of songs, performed with different players, toured a lot, and traveled a lot. All of these great experiences have given me new material to work with. Plus, I’ve just had more life experiences getting older. It’s not bad; it’s just life. sc: Do you still feel urgency to achieve fame as a musician?
There’s a difference between drive and impatience.JV: Hell yeah. I’m not getting any younger, but that doesn’t mean that I am impatient. I understand that things take time. I get that; it’s just that that sense of urgency….that’s drive. You see, there’s a difference between drive and impatience. I understand there are some things I will have to work for, and I will buckle down and I will do the work, but I will do the work with the urgency. That’s drive. Impatient suggests ungratefulness, or I’m not focused on where I am – which is not true, I am very grateful. But the urgency is what makes me work harder. sc: What’s your ultimate goal? JV: My ultimate goal is to be able to retire off the work that I have done. I want to make this my life and have it pay the bills.
Catch Venson’s next performance in Austin at Antone’s Nightclub on Sep. 18, for the Jackie Venson Live album release. The ticket price includes a copy of the new album. Check out her website to follow her musical adventures. Video by Live Syphon