"Jack Barksdale is special. The 12-year-old songwriter from Weatherford plays guitar, mandolin and four other instruments. He's also got a web series called Guitar Slingers, in which he jams with guitarists who are touring in the area; they discuss music, playing techniques and what it takes to be a great musician. And if all that weren't impressive enough, the preteen has already released a full-length live album that he recorded at Fort Worth's Niles City Sound. That's the same recording studio where Leon Bridges recorded his two Grammy-nominated albums."


"The future of Texas Music is in good hands with the emergence of 12 year old Jack Barksdale. He combines emotionally charged songwriting with fresh energetic guitar licks, add in the young perspective from an old soul and you have a relatable brand of music that will appeal to anyone." 

-- The ETX ROCKS Show

“I have been in radio for over 20 years and I can not remember ever seeing a young man with so much talent at such a young age. He might just be Townes Van Zandt reincarnated.” 

-- Jody Lee Caudle 
Texas Home Grown Radio

"Jack is such a gifted young man. The talent he has is spectacular and you can feel it in his music. He has a real heart and is so passionate even at his young age. It's going to be a blast watching him grow into his success." 

-- Linda Wilson
President Texas Country Music Association, Inc

Jack's Story

Jack Barksdale is a 12-year-old 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 Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bruce Robison, Will Kimbrough and Hayes Carll.  

June 2019 Jack released a live album recorded at famed Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, TX. Last September Jack released his debut EP “Revival.” 

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 Zant, Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family and Willie Nelson.

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