Shane Jackman will play concert on Father’s Day
Songwriter currently working on new album
June 13, 2017
Shane Jackman is ready for Father's Day.
The local singer-songwriter, who has been a regular in the Utah folk and acoustic-music community, will perform a Father's Day concert at 5:30 p.m. the Living Energy Center, 1662 Bonanza Drive.
The musician said the performance will include songs from his past, present and future.
"The shows I've been playing lately include songs from way back that people want to hear," Jackman said during an interview with The Park Record. "I'm also working on a new record and I'll play some songs that have not been recorded."
The Living Energy Center is a small and intimate space, which Jackman feels is perfect for the concert.
"It's a good space, but not huge, and I like those kinds of shows the best," he said. "The smaller, intimate spaces tend to work better with the music and my stories."
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Jackman wanted to thank the venue's owner, Rebecca Hilly, for the opportunity to perform.
"Rebecca has been such a champion of acoustic music and singers and songwriters for such a long time," he said. "She does a great job putting the concerts together and making them real fun for the people who attended. And she is also a great musician herself."
Jackman, himself, got into music when he was a kid.
"I took my lawn-mowing money and went to the grocery store where they had a record bin and looked for cool album covers," he said. "I ended up buying records by Dan
Fogelberg and John Denver and then moving into Jackson Browne, who were all on the radio.
"I was introduced to rock 'n' roll by Bruce Springsteen, who happens to be a folkie, too, as it turns out."
Jackman's influences began changing as he honed in his own musical skills.
"I started playing shows around the country, [and] I found that I began listening more to my friends and the people I played with and wrote with," he said. "Sometimes I'll hear their songs and say, 'Gee, Maybe I should just hang it up.'"
Jackman also gleans song ideas from his own life events, the people around him and stories from newspapers.
"I've always been influenced by Utah canyons, the Wasatch and Red Rocks, which have all found their way deeply into the fibers of my music," he said.
Last October, Jackman tapped into a new influence: his new home in Timber Lakes in Wasatch County.
"I bought a little cabin just above Witts Lake and turned it into a recording studio," he said. "I've always felt like I've belonged on the other side of the Wasatch, after living in Utah County and in Salt Lake City. So, I'm enjoying the solitude, and it's pretty inspirational up here."
The songwriter said his approach to music has shifted over the past few years.
"As I look at the evolution of my writing, the first thing that comes to mind is what it was like when I started," Jackman said. "Back then, it was all about ambition, because I was trying to make this career work."
Later on, his songs became more about other people and the feelings of compassion, anger, and whatever was going on around him.
"That continued until I started wanting to sit back and listen to other players," Jackman said. "I go to folk festivals now, and even though I might play a set, I find I want to hang around the campfires in the campgrounds and listen to what the other people are thinking and writing about. I like to hear what's on everybody's minds."
Not only has Jackman's approach to music changed, but the music business itself has also changed.
"There is a great new generation of musicians who are coming up, in spite that there really is no music industry right now," he said. "When I was living in Springville not too long ago and would take my kids to the high school, I was amazed at how many kids were walking around with guitars.
"I remember waking around school with a guitar. But when I was young, I was the only one. Now, it seems every fifth kid has a guitar. The enthusiasm in these kids is amazing."
Although many of the younger musicians are apt to record and release singles or six-song extended plays, Jackman still believes in the art of the classic long-play album, such as the one he is currently working on.
"Every song has to be stand alone, but, in my mind, the songs have to fit together in a larger arc or story," he said. "And I'm not going to do an album unless I have the right emotional journey to take people on through 10 or 12 songs."
Jackman's craft has always focused on storytelling.
"I love it because the storytelling in songs have grown as I toured more," he said.
Shane Jackman will perform a Father's Day concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, at the Living Energy Center, 1662 Bonanza Drive. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own acoustic instruments. The evening will start with a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting conta.cc/2teBw98.