American Songwriter wrote “Jack Barksdale has insights and awareness far beyond people twice his age, and he’s able to put them into songs that touch listeners." NPR.org said “Jack Barksdale is special.” and Premier Guitar said "Barksdale's talent is rare. He shines with earnest, unjaded passion on a foundation of will and an ability to connect.”
Jack Barksdale is a folk/blues/americana singer/songwriter from Texas. Inspired by folk, rock, and blues legends, Jack started performing original music at the age of nine and has already shared the stage with Wynonna Judd, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Junior Brown, John Fullbright, and Hayes Carll.
Recently Jack launched a podcast focused on songwriters and songwriting called Jack Barksdale's Roots Revival Podcast.
In October 2023 Jack launched a 7 song instrumental EP entitled Phantom Trails. Earlier in 2023 Jack released a single "Dreamer" which was added to Spotify's Emerging Americana Playlist. His previous single “Gone" has garnered well over 2.2 million streams on Spotify and was featured on Apple Music’s ‘Southern Craft’ playlist.
In March 2022 Jack released his first full length album “Death of a Hummingbird.”
Jack tours nationally and wows audiences with lyrics wise beyond his years. Jack plays guitar, slide guitar, harmonica, mandolin, piano, and ukulele, but identifies first and foremost as a songwriter.
His musical influences include Lead Belly, Howlin’ Wolf, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, and Willie Nelson.