10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Handsome Jack are a powerful band from Buffalo, N.Y., blending blues and garage rock and making no excuses for playing rock ’n’ roll the way it was played before hard rock and heavy metal altered the definition. “Creepin’,” with a blues harp leading the way for a fuzzed take on the blues, recalls the early Rolling Stones, the legendary Chesterfield Kings (from Rochester, N.Y.), and even Van Morrison’s Them (“Leave It All Behind”). The group take the greasy parts of soul and boogie and turn them into basic compelling rock, largely due to the seductive shouts of Jamison Passuite and the guitar-organ combo. Excellent songs throughout also help.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Handsome Jack are a powerful band from Buffalo, N.Y., blending blues and garage rock and making no excuses for playing rock ’n’ roll the way it was played before hard rock and heavy metal altered the definition. “Creepin’,” with a blues harp leading the way for a fuzzed take on the blues, recalls the early Rolling Stones, the legendary Chesterfield Kings (from Rochester, N.Y.), and even Van Morrison’s Them (“Leave It All Behind”). The group take the greasy parts of soul and boogie and turn them into basic compelling rock, largely due to the seductive shouts of Jamison Passuite and the guitar-organ combo. Excellent songs throughout also help.

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About Handsome Jack

Playing a lean, hard-grooving fusion of blues, R&B, and garage rock they call "boogie soul," Handsome Jack are a four-piece band from Lockport, New York, a city not far from Buffalo. Handsome Jack were formed in 2004 by guitarist and singer Jamison Passuite, Joey Verdonselli on bass, Phil Allport on guitar and keyboards, and Steve Sandman on drums. While the founding members were still teenagers when they began playing out, they'd already developed a strong taste for classic rock, boogie, and blues, and by 2008 Handsome Jack had recorded their first self-released album, Heatseeker, and hit the road on their first cross-country tour. In 2009, Sandman left the group and Chad Salmeri took over behind the drums; he made his recorded debut with the band on the EP Prologue, and in 2011 the band released its second full-length album, Super Moon. More touring followed, including dates where the band shared stages with the likes of Blue Cheer, the Sheepdogs, Gov't Mule, J. Geils, and the Hold Steady. In 2014, the band struck a deal with with Alive Naturalsound Records, and went into the studio with Zach Gabbard of Buffalo Killers and Mike Montgomery as producers. Handsome Jack's third full-length album, Do What Comes Naturally, was released in the fall of 2014. ~ Mark Deming

  • ORIGIN
    Lockport, NY
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2004

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