Hunter and the Dirty Jacks
About the Artist: Hunter and The Dirty Jacks comprise a virtual all-star cast of Los Angeles and Orange County-area musicians that have been playing locally and regionally for over ten years apiece. Fronted by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Ackerman, and anchored by Jon Siembieda and Carmelo Bonaventura on guitar, Aaron Barnes on bass, Moana Avvenenti on vocals, and Brian Lara on drums, the Dirty Jacks put forth an extremely high energy, emotionally compelling performance coupled with a rare combination of soulful originals and tasty covers. The sound is rock and roll with a bluesy edge, ala the Black Keys, Rolling Stones, Black Crowes, and Jet. The band is very seasoned for all players being in the late 20s and early 30s. The bandmates collectively have experience playing several casinos in and out of state, House of Blues Sunset, House of Blues Anaheim, Coach House, Harvelle's, Observatory, Detroit Bar, and many other venues. The bandmates have collectively shared bills with bands of the likes of Tommy Castro, Eric Sardinas, Dave Mason, Walter Trout, Cinderella, Led Zepagain, Wayward Sons, Wild Child, War, and many others.
Right from the start this band clearly stands out from other bands in a good way within this overly saturated market. Their answer to mundane music is to deliver something unique, and powerful full of mystery and soul. In this overly saturated market with a plethora of Do it Yourself artists coming out of the woodwork, armed with nothing more than a PC, Microphone, a guitar and a crappy sounding CD - it's nice to know there are a few artists out there that can still deliver music that will make your jaw hit the floor while plucking your heart strings at the same time. These new artists I speak of manage to push their music out to the world and much of it is, do I dare say, substandard in nature. So enter a band like Hunter and the Dirty Jacks who have clearly paid a few dues here and there. So what do artists like Tom Petty, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Black Country Communion, the mighty Lynyrd Skynyrd, Greg Allman and Little Feat have that these guys don't? Not much if you ask me save the multi million dollars promotional machines and major record label support. Hunter and the Dirty Jacks are a red hot band that break the mold with their classic retro sound and amazing movements that will mesmerize both the novice and advanced listeners alike. This 3 song release is shall I say top-flight singing from Ackerman, impressive picking and playing with songwriting that has deep seeded classic rock roots, It also possesses elements of Americana, saloon jazz, fusion and straight up rock n' roll many adore. Many of these tracks such as the uplifting and melodic "Jubilee" to hypnotically amazing "Salt Whiskey" have a sizzling feel to them while "Smoking Gun" makes your hair stand on end. The playing skills of all these guys are all over the map but manage to never cross into "freak show" territory. But getting back to Ackerman on vox - he is a premier talent that makes this whole experience special. His voice is intoxicating like a drug, and he is a multi-instrumentalist with a good rugged look and infectious feel. Right now after hearing the music of Hunter and the Dirty Jacks I must say they are the quintessential retro rock band the world needs right now. I don't say stuff like that often. They are a hardworking, touring band armed with the soul of a wise man and they perform songs the way they were meant to be performed - confidently avoiding any over the top vocal "showboating". All in all this band and this EP area great musical advent. Apparently there are still a few composers, arrangers, musicians, band and vocalists out there believe in playing music the way it is meant to be played.
Top Track: Jubilee
Rating: 4/5 Stars
by Julian Rice edited by Mindy McCall.
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