Hailing from Lockport NY, Handsome Jack plays a fusion of boogie soul rock n roll that has earned the admiration of fellow rock travelers such as Chris Robinson and Neal Casal (CRB, Black Crowes), Zachary Gabbard (Buffalo Killers), and Ben McLeod of All Them Witches, who produced their new record.
On “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” the trio digs deeper into its soulful influences, brilliantly bringing back to life the classic sounds of Chicago, Memphis and Muscle Shoals, all rolled into one timeless record of American rock music for a new generation.
Handsome Jack is Jamison Passuite (guitar/vocals), Joey Verdonselli (bass/vocals), and Bennie Hayes (drums/vocals).
It sounds great and pulses with energy and fire. Not only is it a great call back to those who were there the first time around or who carry the fire even if they weren’t but it’s also a proper rock’n’roll record that blows most of the competition out of the water. — Jeremy Searle / AMERICANA UK
Hailing from Lockport, New York, the trio’s latest yield of slow-burning, swampy blues and warm, soulful boogie rock points to a “deep in the heart of Dixie” upbringing, but Handsome Jack is an East Coast band through and through. Their confident swagger is a dead giveaway. – Peter Lindblad / ELMORE MAGAZINE
There’s more than a hint of Creedence Clearwater Revival in the twangy, bluesy guitar at work here (even a little in Jamison Passuite’s vocals, which make us think more of Muscle Shoals circa 1969 than New York in 2018), and that’s just fine by us. – CLASSIC ROCK / LOUDER HERE
With their tight harmonies and willingness to experiment with tone and beat, Handsome Jack transcend the limitations of the power trio, creating a surprisingly complete album. – NO DEPRESSION HERE
Some sounds are timeless and Handsome Jack knows they can only be absorbed when you’re genuine.– I-94 BAR REVIEW HERE
The retro-minded trio returns with "City Girls", a countrified bit of rock 'n' roll that could have crawled from FM radio in its dawning moments, slithered right out of your speakers and into your record collection. – POPMATTERS
A phenomenal power trio with serious classic bona fides. The album is Everything’s Gonna Be Alright and it is the perfect representation of what this extraordinarily talented band of musicians is capable of. – Marc Michael / CHATTANOOGA PULSE HERE
CITY GIRLS : This laidback cocktail of blues, soul, boogie and Southern rock calls to mind the likes of Little Feat and Creedence Clearwater Revival – without losing sight of their own slightly off-kilter character. Good music for chilled times.– Tracks of the Week
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