Timeless American rock 'n' soul stew. No reinvention of the wheel but they sure can roll it!
It's a well trodden musical path but damn it still sound good. Handsome Jack are a trio based in Lockport NY whose music is an timeless amalgam of southern rock, soul, gospel, blues, R&B, with a little bit of funky country thrown in for good measure. Their latest album Get Humble was released last month by the always reliable label Alive Records. Gutsy locked-in grooves and raspy vocals are the order of the day, delivered with aplomb and conviction. The addition of harmony vocals, a touch of brass here and there and the party is good to go. It may only be rock and roll, but Handsome Jack avoid the trap many bands make – with these guys the emphasis is on the roll, not the rock. A massively important point here.
There are highlights aplenty - the slide guitar solo and tasty drum fills on 'High Class Man', the call and response vocal lines on 'Get Humble', the low bass rumble of 'New Home In The Sky'. It all makes for a compelling feelgood listen, one that's suere to bring a little bit of sunshine and warmth in these dark winter weeks. If the likes of The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers Band, and the rootsier side of ZZ TOP are your bag, this will be too. Good times guaranteed.
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