Some people call it a vibe and some people call it a groove. We call it boogie soul. It’s the sound of HANDSOME JACK on their new album “Do What Comes Naturally”.
Produced by Zachary Gabbard of the BUFFALO KILLERS and featuring Bob Nave (of the legendary Lemon Pipers) on hammond organ, among others, the music of this album seamlessly flows through deep dark mid-tempo boogies, smoky upbeat burners, and soulful feel-good rockers all with a natural ease.
HANDSOME JACK hails from Buffalo NY and began as a blues garage rock band. After high school they moved out of the garage and developed their sound into a natural soulful boogie that remains rooted in raw blues. They’ve shared the stage with The Sheepdogs, Blue Cheer, Gov’t Mule, J. Geils, The Hold Steady, and Robert Randolph to name a few.
In the world of writing about popular music, comparisons are often helpful tools, but just as often completely useless. Is it helpful to mention that American band Handsome Jack, apparently from Lockport, New York, sound like what you’d get if you put Audience’s Howard Werth, Siren’s Kevin Coyne or even Mungo Jerry’s Ray Dorset in front of Humble Pie circa their 1973 ode “Eat It?” Hell no! But this record is probably more fun than the first Black Crowes record—which from an influence/aesthetics standpoint, it oddly evokes—and were it to bear a Harvest Records imprint and a 1970 copyright date, no one would bat an eye. Which must mean it’s really good. – Dave DiMartino / ROLLING STONE
"Between The Lines" is the most obvious example of the Stax influence : its major key guitar and bass groove is straight out of Memphis. But it's "You And Me"'s three-note guitar solo that best captures the band's ethos : keep it simple, keep it raw, make it groove. – Stephen Lawson / The BLUES
Raw, authentic, unselfconscious, and jarringly real. – BUFFALO BLOG
Combines the soulful southern rhythmic magic by way of the Alabama Shakes and frontman Jamison Passuite’s fervently emotive vocals. – GLIDE Magazine
With dirty guitar, a heady backbeat and some excellent vocals “Echoes” kicks thing off perfectly, sounding great after a few beers and plenty of volume. Sounding like an outtake from Tom Petty's “Mojo” album, “Creepin'” ensures the volume remains high, whilst “Between The Lines” is a good time stomp with a funky soul. As you proceed there are touches of The Stones to be found, sleazy guitars and lazy rhythms creating a smoky atmosphere, the band sounding like they are having fun throughout. For sure, there is nothing new here but when rock and roll sounds this good why change anything. – TERRASCOPES RUMBLE
Take some time with “Naturally”. Turn it up. Sit a while. Open up your mind and your ears. You just might like something after all without being given permissions by the industry. – SHAWN OBNOXIOUS
With scuttling drums, Nico-ish backing vocals and the c*cksure twang of lead man Jamison Passuite, Handsome Jack are so cool it hurts. – Henry Yates / CLASSIC ROCK
The band refines roots rock for today’s generation, boasting a classic, soulful sound. With vocals reminiscent of Eric Burdon and Otis Redding, they sure stack up in the talent category. The album features long bluesy jams, suave singing, and lyrics true to the blues. – BLUES ROCK REVIEW
Much like the LPs Albert King made for Stax Records, the music here is laid-back, groove-laden and soulful. The band’s roots in garage rock are betrayed by the record’s bourbon-soaked rawness, but it’s a blues record at heart, albeit one that owes as much to ’70s funk and late ’60s blues rockers Canned Heat as it does to the electrified Chicago blues of John Lee, Muddy and Wolf. – HARMONIC DISTORTION
They've made "Do What Comes Naturally" into a celebration of laid-back but serious partying, and it'll make a fine soundtrack for your next celebration of the boogie. – Mark Deming / ALL MUSIC
It’s elevated garage rock from a garage in which we’d all be lucky to hang. – The HORN
Heavy, fuzzy, muddy guitar tones sloppily bump up against a wheezy Hammond organ and leave you with the distinct feeling of dudes in jean vests slowly lumbering around the floor while their cougars prowl the perimeter. No pretense, no skinny pants, no Swatches to be seen. This is your dad’s rock and roll. And your dad was cooler than you. – GLORIOUS NOISE