Austin360 Breakout Artist of 2017, Jackie Venson, will join us for a live set Weds. at noon

In our inaugural Austin360 Awards, a jury of critics, industry insiders and super fans voted for Jackie Venson as 2017 Breakout Artist of the Year.

Jackie Venson laughs while posing for a portrait at One 2 One Bar in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Venson has been named Breakout Artist of the Year in the inaugural Austin360 Awards and the Artist of the Month for January. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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We weren’t surprised. The 27-year-old electric blues sensation spent the year playing in Europe, rocking a crowd of thousands at KGSR’s Blues on the Green and touring the country with homegrown hero Gary Clark Jr.

We’ve been tracking Venson’s career since she dropped her debut EP, “The Light in Me,” in 2014 and with hard work, solid business sense and brilliant musicality, she’s emerged as one of our city’s next great talents.

Consequently, Venson was the obvious choice for the first Austin360 Artist of the Month for 2018. We’ll have a full feature later this week, but she’ll be joining us in the Austin360 studio for a live set Wednesday at noon. Tune in on our official Facebook page¬†and prepare to have your mind blown by her blistering guitar licks.

Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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