Released by: Alive/Natural Sound Records
Release Date: Oct 19, 2018
Jamison Passuite – Guitar/Vox
Joey Verdonselli – Bass/Vox
Ben Hayes – Drums
Baby Be Cool
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
Why Do I Love You the Way I Do
Hey Mama (Put Your Red Dress On)
Do You Dig It?
Got It Bad
Out of the beautiful ‘Niagara Water Falls’ town of Lockport, New York, USA comes the sensational band Handsome Jack. Formed in 2004, they already released 2 albums before Everything’s gonna be alright. This 3rd release was released in 2018 and It’s quite amazing they have not been noticed yet by the big masses because we have something special here. Their retro heavy blues-rock is mixed with classic rock (Cream/Jimi Hendrix/Ten Years After), some fuzz guitar/garage rock riffs (a la The White Stripes) and a lot of emotional powerful soul orientated lead vocals of their fantastic singer/guitarist Jamison Passuite. His voice is amazing, kinda like Charles Bradley mixed with John Fogerty and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Musically you should combine all mentioned acts, then you’re close to the early 1970s orientated sound of Handsome Jack. If you put this on somewhere I’ll bet anyone will instantly fall in love with this brand and would assume this was recorded 50 years ago. Anyway, it’s quite a new band actually, consisting of 3 highly skilled musicians. Besides Jamison on vocals, we have Joey Verdonselli (bass/vocals), and Bennie Hayes (drums/vocals) completing the band’s line-up. The album was produced by Ben McLeod of All Them Witches, another great band I saw at the Metropolis Festival back in July 2019. Anyway, this
Handsome Jack album is a must-have to anyone admiring classic retro rock with a deeply soulful approach. No weak track can be found among the 11 songs, but a special mention is the song Why do I love you the way I do, a beautiful passionate soulful semi blues-rock/ballad ish song. Although their influences are quite clear, they have their own identity for sure! Do not miss this album and let’s hope these guys will come over to Europe someday soon. They deserve to be heard and are as good as a band like Rival Sons!
Written by: Gabor Kleinbloesem