Reviews & Press
Half Moon Review
By: Frank De Blase
This album is nothing short of beautiful. One-man-band Jackson Cavalier is a study in bittersweet juxtaposition as he and his lonesome guitar come steamrolling out in this rollicking, folk-rock display called "Half Moon." The opening track, "Dead Bird," is a happy finger-picked ode with Cavalier's guitar style keeping it upbeat. Track two adds percussion and another guitar, while the next cut, "The Family Name," shows off the man's exquisite ability to pick a melody at the same time as pulling off an underlying Piedmont flurry and scurry beneath.
Strummed or picked, Cavalier's guitar playing shines bright, especially when sharing sonic space with his flinty voice. In contrast, Cavalier's lyricism is a little dark. "I want to pluck you like fruit from a tree / I want your pleasure, please devour me," he sings on the tune "Fruit From a Tree." This darkness doesn't intimidate but rather invites you in on the mirth. Dark stuff makes a lot of us laugh, you know.
"Jackson Cavalier is a unique treasure of the Rochester music scene. He's a great performer - in originals and covers, indoors and outdoors, as a solo musician and with his band the Fevertones. He's a dynamic, exciting musician, who combines different styles of music and literary influences into really cool, compelling songs.
In addition to loving whenever I get to hear him perform - I am always happy to work with him when booking shows. He's consistently been responsive, professional, and pleasant to work with - able to adjust to the needs of the situation. He's been an audience favorite when I have booked him for The Little Theatre Cafe, Greentopia, and Hochstein at High Falls."
Host/Producer on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM
Music Booker @ Little Theater Cafe, Hochstein High Falls Summer Concert Series
"Jackson Cavalier makes playing 3 instruments and singing at the same time look easy. He has an amazing catalog of music that fuses folk, blues, and rock. He is a one-man band who is engaging and authentic. His performances have been a crucial part of the atmosphere at Steuben Brewing Company."
Steuben Brewing Company
"Jackson Cavalier is a talented performer, entertaining audiences of all ages both as a solo act and leader of his band. Jackson engages the crowd with his collection of original and cover songs. Professional and easy to work with, Jackson Cavalier is a great addition to any lineup of music."
Don Lloyd & Moon Swenson
FLE Event Group