Vasti Jackson

Hattiesburg, MS, United States

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Biography

Vasti Jackson is a soulful world renowned guitarist, and vocalist whose presence captures an audience the moment he takes the stage. Vasti (pronounced Vast-Eye) Jackson is a consummate performer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. From his early beginnings playing in churches, and juke joints in McComb, Mississippi, to festivals, Concerts, and theatres around the world. Vasti move effortlessly from Blues to Soul to Jazz to Funk to gospel to pop, and beyond.

As an artist, Vasti is known for sweat-drenched, soul-ripping performances marked by some of the most stunning and innovative guitar playing in Blues today. Vasti’s talent has been enlarged by an amazing array of musical experiences over 35 years of his vibrant career. Jackson’s Recordings “No Borders to the Blues”, “Live In Nashville” and “Mississippi Burner” present audio buffet of Vasti’s limitless energy and boundless imagination. It spotlights his talents as singer, and composer, and his utterly thrilling guitar mastery. At the Petropolis Jazz and Blues Festival, Vasti “honored Petropolis city with a portugues arrangement, played with the audience, danced and demonstrated that he is also a “showman” on the stage”‘. Read full article from that festival here.

Rooted in the music of Mississippi, and Louisiana Vasti Jackson recorded on B.B. King’s Grammy award winning Blues Summit in 1994. In the 1980s and early 1990s Vasti was session guitarist for Malaco Records (Mississippi) and Alligator Records (Chicago). Musical director, and guitarist ZZ Hill, Johnnie Taylor, Denise LaSalle, Little Milton, Bobby Bland, and Swamp queen Katie Webster. He also worked with gospel greats – including the Williams Brothers, The Jackson Southernaires, and Daryl Coley.

2012 Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame inductee is a force to be reckoned with in the world of the music! As an artist, Vasti is known for sweat-drenched, soul-ripping live performances marked by some of the most stunning and innovative guitar playing today. Vasti’s firey guitar work and stellar vocals leave a lasting impression on all that are lucky enough to experience his music.

Vasti has played guitar on several occasions with the PFC Band and has since then become part of the family.

Hometown

Hattiesburg, MS, United States

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