FOCUSED ON YOU: Vasti Jackson channels the music for New Stage’s Hell in High Water

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For Vasti Jackson, the music comes freely and naturally.

As he said himself, “It’s never a struggle.  It is a thing of faith in God, because of the gift that God has given me, and accepting the responsibility of the gift.”

Growing up in Mississippi, he quickly became familiar with blues, country and gospel music.  Jackson considers those three genres the “Trinity of American Music.”  And so Vasti had a wealth of knowledge to draw upon when writing the music for Hell and High Water.

Vasti Jackson has been a professional musician for over forty years. He got his start playing in both churches and juke joints around McComb, MS, a dichotomy between the sacred and the secular that has accompanied him his entire career.  He has played with a Who’s Who of Blues and Gospel greats, from Little Milton and Bobby Bland to the Jackson Southernaires and Daryl Coley.  His recent album The Soul of Jimmy Rodgers won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album.

Hell in High Water, A play with music that follows the social, economic and political realities of an entire city subjected to the powerful will of the Mississippi River, plays through Sunday, February 10.  For ticket information go to or call 601-948-3531.

Be on the lookout for more of Walt Grayson’s Focused on Mississippi, as he highlights all the wonderful things the Hospitality State has to offer.

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