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Mad Jack - On The Run
CD $11.99 (1994, 39 min.) SOLD OUT / OUT OF PRINT 08/2011 Please purchase direct digital download above instead.
Mad Jack - Down The Road EP
Direct Digital Download $4.99 (1986, 17 min.)
Mad Jack - Straight Up LP
Direct Digital Download $8.99 (1984, 35 min., remastered)
direct digital download 320 VBR
Kaplan Shaw - Mojo Cafe
CD $11.99 (2008) SOLD OUT 08/2011 Please purchase direct digital download directly above.
Kaplan Shaw - No Stranger To The Blues
CD $11.99 (2007, 47 min.)
Mad Jack Band Biography -
|Southern rock from churning from the swamp lands
of Syracuse, NY.
Formed in 1983, MAD JACK quickly distinguished itself from the
competition by playing classic covers and choice originals, and
delivering them in a gutsy, no-nonsense style.
In 1984, MAD JACK released its debut album �Straight Up,� which featured a blistering cover of CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL�S �Fortunate Son,� as well as the self-penned guitar anthem �Hangin� Tree.� By 1985, MAD JACK was playing to packed houses and sharing the stage with national recording artists MOLLY HATCHET and THE OUTLAWS.
1986 saw the release of MAD JACK�S follow-up, �Down The Road.� More high profile shows followed, this time in support of the MARSHALL TUCKER BAND, DUKE ROBILLARD, and BLACKFOOT. Road trips, late nights, and hard living seemed to agree with MAD JACK, who literally worked non-stop throughout the next three years.
In 1989, three of MAD JACK�S four members joined the legendary British blues band SAVOY BROWN. During their tenure with SAVOY BROWN, the members of MAD JACK recorded no less than four albums, including �Make Me Sweat,� �Kings Of Boogie,� �Live And Kickin�,� and �Let It Ride.� They also toured extensively, playing shows with JOHNNY WINTER, GREGG ALLMAN, JOHN LEE HOOKER, and HUMBLE PIE among others.
MAD JACK reunited in 1992. Now seasoned by years of roadwork, the band was tighter and more focused than ever, and their original songs exuded a new level of confidence and maturity, as evidenced by 1994�s offering, �On The Run.�
1997-2002 saw the band on hiatus as marriage, career changes, and re-evaluation of lifestyles took the members of MAD JACK in wildly different directions.
In 2003 MAD JACK founding member Lou Kaplan (lead vocals, bass, and acoustic guitar) reunited with 20-year veterans Mike �Smokey� Brown (guitar) and Rick Jewett (keyboards and vocals). Longtime friend and SAVOY BROWN alumnus Al Macomber (drums and vocals) was a welcome addition.
MAD JACK released their fourth album in June of 2005. Simply titled �Mad Jack,� the new disc showcases the band�s growth as songwriters, as well as their ability to draw from a myriad of stylistic influences, including rock, blues, jazz, country, and folk.
Following the release of �Mad Jack� and an incendiary set in support of country rock legend COMMANDER CODY; the decision was made to expand the group to a five-piece unit. The choice was so obvious that no auditions were deemed necessary, and songwriting friend Mike Shaw (lead vocals, guitar, and dobro) officially joined MAD JACK as a full time member in July of 2005.
In 2007 Lou Kaplan and Mike Shaw formed a new blues band called Kaplan-Shaw.
Band Members -
Lou Kaplan - Vocals, Bass
Mike "Smokey" Brown - Guitar
Mike Shaw - Guitar, Dobro, Vocals
Rick Jewett - Keyboards, Vocals
Al Macomber - Drums, Vocals
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