Originally created 01/25/02

Band gives CD a little more oomph



Steven Jackson & The Leavers - Boxfan

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Here's the bad news: Steven Jackson, a mainstay on Augusta stages the past couple of years, has flown the coop, headed (we hope) for greener pastures in Nashville, Tenn.

The good news is that he hasn't left us empty-handed. His farewell gift is Boxfan, a stellar collection of songs that expands on the promise of his 1999 release, Gathering Rust.

Mr. Jackson performs tonight at Metro A Coffeehouse on Broad Street. On his new CD he fortifies his rough-and-ready acoustic guitar strumming with percussion, bass, the occasional string arrangement and, gasp, electric guitars. Like Bob Dylan before him, Mr. Jackson has plugged in.

The result is a more fully realized pallette for Mr. Jackson's tuneful poetry and story songs. Dusky and dynamic, his vocal delivery whispers and roars, sounding one moment like a little boy lost, the next like Van Morrison on a bender.

As talented as Mr. Jackson is as a performer, it is his looping lyrical sense, his stream-of-consciousness approach to love lost and forgotten promise, that truly marks him as a rare talent. Words and phrases tumble, infecting the listener like nearly forgotten songs on a fading radio.

Whether Mr. Jackson will find fame and fortune in Music City is still unknown. There are a thousand singers there, each with a thousand songs. Luck is as important as talent. That's OK, though, because a few of us know the secret, and in our perfect world Steven Jackson is already a star.

  STEVEN JACKSON
Boxfan
"Leavers and Leftbehinds"
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IN CONCERT

WHO: Steven Jackson

WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Metro A Coffeehouse, 1054 Broad St.

Reach Steven Uhles at (706) 823-3626 or steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com.