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Sunlight Blue Madness

by One-Eyed Jack

Bill Wright, (Road Trippin' Show) WRNR 103.1FM Annapolis, MD From beginning to end, this release flows through several different styles of music. From beautiful ballads such as “Pride In Your Pain” and “No Reasons,” to heavy rockers like “Copp
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1. Pride in Your Pain
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2. Copperhead Well
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3. Trials and Tribulations
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4. No Reasons (life once in time)
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5. the Road
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6. Shotgun Mamma
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7. Bill Dawson
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8. Time on the Run
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9. Kick Away the Blues
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10. Hard to Find the Time
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11. Oklahoma
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Album Notes
"We grew up going to Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers concerts in High School totally immersed in delights of the free form, improvisational forums that lift you to heights unimaginable... and this is what we strive to achieve in our music. " - J. Boris (One-Eyed Jack)

The band One-Eyed Jack has been part of the USA's East Coast music scene for the last 12 years. In that time the band has grown from Grateful Dead parking lot concerts to Theaters. The newest release "Sunlight Blue Madness" is a taste of their story.
The CD encompasses different styles of music but never strays far from their roots. The CD showcases pure Southern Rock in the Song "Copperhead Well," a Mellow Ballad feel in "Trials and Tribulations", and even a Gospel/Bluegrass fringed song "Shotgun Momma." The CD is a nice variety of moods with one thing in common, great songwriting and lyrics.
The band shows that they can take you on an Allman Brothers' harmony style jam in the song "Bill Dawson" but the song itself is more reminiscent to a Bob Dylan story line based on a NYC street person. This holds true for the rest of the CD, every song touches upon an influence but never confines itself to it.
The Production is phenomenal for a band of this nature. Produced by Mark Berry, who was known for his work with Carly Simon's "Your So Vain" and apprentice to Sir George Martin on McCartney's "Live and Let Die" sessions. Mark has taken a "Live" sounding outfit and captured its soul in a studio atmosphere. Leaving plenty of warmth; but less sloppiness and mundane jams.
This CD has been highly recommended by numerous Radio Show personalities from NYC to Georgia and back to the Shores of Annapolis, MD. The band's website has plenty of reviews to prove it.
If you like good music and "new blood" bands in the vein of classic styles such as the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd then you should buy this CD.

Quote from Arts Weekly Magazine!
One-Eyed Jack has been the classic underground underdog that has taken many concert-goers by storm. Nobody leaves a One-Eyed Jack show without feeling like you experienced something special. And nobody knows why they haven't been famous by now. The rigorous tour schedule and the band's life on the verge of the real world has squeezed one of the emotional studio recordings of the band and possibly of the Jam Band scene.

Quote from Bill Wright (Road Trippin Show) WRNR 103.1FM Annapolis, MD:
From beginning to end, this release flows through several different styles of music. From beautiful ballads such as "Pride In Your Pain" and "No Reasons," to heavy rockers like "Copperhead Well" and "Time On The Run," there's no doubt that One-Eyed Jack is a serious rock n' roll band that means serious business. I would highly recommend this band and this CD to everyone. Do yourself a favor and see what a great rock n' roll band is all about.
This CD was produced by Mark Berry, who has worked with Jeff Lynn, Carly Simon & Sir George Martin. He has done a wonderful job of harnessing the live, wild vibe of the band and mixing it to a polished studio masterpiece.

Every facet of song texture and styles performed by the band live is captured in perfect clarity in the studio. The songwriting is probably the best of all the One-Eyed Jack releases to this day. Joe Boris has polished his words and this CD delivers them like a silver platter.

Buy this CD and do yourself a favor. This is a worthy find in you music collection.


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Boss Rag

Great songs and Great jams and Grateful influences
This is the best CD of this Jam Band scene. After the death of Jerry Garcia there has been a wave of releases ready to suck up the Dead Head crowd. A fair majority have bounced out from because of financial backing and industry investments. None of them have really impressed me as much as these kids. One-Eyed Jack has been around for a long time and played those Grateful Dead parking lots. This album is a real good band playing real good music. There are songs with poetic words on this CD and jams that have great musical paths. You usually get nonscence and endless musical dribble with some of these post Grateful Dead acts. This release has been worked on and deserves credit for it. It sounds like a lot of hardships fell around these guys during the recordings. maybe that's what helped the emotion of this album.

Long Fella Dred

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I found an MPEG video that was hidden on this CD. This was an awesome find!
I got the new CD with the faces at a festival this summer then ordered this CD. I like the song selection on this CD better than the new one but the new one sounds like they polished up the quality. All in all this is a great CD from a relatively unknown band on the Jammin Scene.
Highly Recommended for Dead Heads!

Stu Fox Revolving Door Magazine

New Jersey’s One-Eyed Jack has been kicking out the jams since the early 90’s, a
One-Eyed Jack’s
Sunlight Blue Madness
By: Stu Fox

A lot of good bands get lost in the shuffle of the crowded music scene, and the musical landscape is littered with talented musicians trying to make ends meet. Only a handful of groups ever become successful touring acts, and the costs of hitting the road forces many bands to concentrate on the friendly confines of their home stomping grounds. Some of today’s hottest sounds are coming from these relatively unknown musical outfits.
New Jersey’s One-Eyed Jack has been kicking out the jams since the early 90’s, and they’ve honed a very appealing rock sound. The six-piece band rarely performs outside of the coastal corridor, and their major brush with notoriety has come from their efforts surrounding Kristin Laurite, the Phish fan who was murdered at a rest area while on a road trip in the summer of 2000.
The group has released a new album, Sunlight Blue Madness, and they’re hoping it will provide a springboard for their expansion into the regional market. “The new CD and ties with producer Mark Berry has opened a lot of doors for us in the music industry,” says singer and guitarist Joe Boris. “The band is excited about all the exposure, but we are uncertain how this will affect us in how we can connect with a live listening audience.”
There are no guarantees that One-Eyed Jack’s new record is going to alter their status in the music world, but it’s filled with enough high-flying rock grooves to fire up a summer festival audience. The band kicks up a storm of Southern-fried rock on “Copperhead Well,” and chugs through the driving rocker “Time on the Run.” Stinging guitar runs punctuate the rumbling beats of “Kick Away the Blues,” while “The Road” blends soaring blues riffs and psychedelic funk rhythms into some chugging rock overdrive. I was so swept up by this song while driving along a desolate stretch of I 86 this winter, that I suddenly found myself zipping down the darkened highway at ninety miles an hour.
There’s more than driving rock grooves in the band’s musical song bag, and Boris’ polished vocals combines with the provocative imagery of his lyrics to make the softer material shine. The group sprinkles a hallucinatory haze into “Bill Dawson” as they glide back-and-forth between slow melodic passages and up-tempo instrumental parts, and there’s a bouncy jam groove running through “Hard to Find the Time. Splashes of psychedelia float through “No Reasons (Life Once in Time),” and some glistening guitar flashes lights up the ballads “Pride In Your Pain” and “Trials & Tribulations.” Dancing grooves propel their country-tinged rocker “Shotgun Mama,” and the band does a really humorous take on a country tune called “Okalahoma.”
One-Eyed Jack displays a wide range of rock dynamics on their third studio recording. They don’t blast out into a lot of extended soloing, but the crispness of their instrumental passages always finds its mark.

John Patrick Gatta JamBands.com

The sound is an ever-evolving one. So, it's hard to pin down points of reference
Sunlight Blue Madness – One-Eyed Jack
John Patrick Gatta
2001-12-19
The temperature outside is 29 degrees. I had to scrape frost off my car windows before driving it. And I still couldn't see all that well since the defroster took its time heating up. I have a major cold that makes it seem as if the upper half of my skull is stuffed up.
Now, what does this have to do with reviewing the latest by One-Eyed Jack? Listening to the New Jersey act evokes thoughts of summertime and wearing cargo shorts that are filled with concert ticket stubs, loose change and various paraphernalia. I could easily envision being on some grassy field getting off to the effervescent spirits (Pride in Your Pain) and heavy blues workouts (Copperhead Well) that act as Exhibits A and B on "Sunlight Blue Madness."
The sound is an ever-evolving one. So, it's hard to pin down points of references as they shoosh by, which is always a good thing. Nothing wrong with noticing an influence, but it's another to be engulfed by them. One-Eyed Jack doesn't have that problem.
It almost feels dishonest to try to describe the music because it hits at more of an imagistic and emotional level. In general, the album's mood is mellow and coincides with its title for the most part. There is very little "madness" going on here, however.
I thought that there was more than one songwriter involved since dreamy songs that bring to mind open roads and fields of tall grass alternately make room for more potent and hard-driving numbers reminiscent of the Allman Brothers. The country-tinged feel on Shotgun Mama initially seems out of place, but it eventually makes its home among the other 12 tracks. It turns out that the credit for this goes out to Joe Boris who is responsible for all the material. At times, his lyrics move upon familiar ground, particularly the bluesy tunes. But, to be honest, I was too busy letting the music sweep over me to allow these negatives to have much effect.
Of course, the main idea with jam bands is to allow the song to unite with a sympathetic group of musicians who will then create an ongoing source of magic. The guitar work of Boris and Gary Gallagher tend to fixate mostly on lighter touches, which gives the songs a distinctive flavor. The crisp production allows each note to float above the heavens without ignoring the rest of the instrumentation.
Although, the group has been around for nearly 10 years, it has concentrated on the regional circuit. Hopefully, "Sunlight Blue Madness" will be the catalyst for a wider slate of tourdates and I can see if an evening listening to One-Eyed Jack perform live is as pleasurable as I imagined.

Jeff Tobias Long Island Entertainment

As strong as this sounds I believe One-Eyed Jack could be a prime candidate for
THIS CD IS 5 STARS PLUS *******

With Phish on hiatus and the Dead, well, dead, the3 old fashioned jamband scene is without a definite leader. As strong as this sounds I believe One-Eyed Jack could be a prime candidate for President of the United Hippies of America. Without nabbing melodies or chord structures from improv-happy rockers of the past, One-Eyed Jack pay homage to groups such as the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the latter day groups such as the Black Crowes . With commanding guitar leads reminiscent of Jerry Garcia and wah-wah skills that are pure Hendrix, axe-handlers Joe Boris and Gary Gallagher have the chops also back up their retro tasted. Plus, fun percussion courtesy of Kattie Schmidt and mandolin- that’s right, mandolin- pop up to keep things interesting.
The rhythm section of Adam Riley and Alzie keep things neatly in the pocket, and keyboardist Jeff Pearlman thickens the sound to a chunky brew of groove. This record is highly recommended. Only ito hear the song “Time on the Run” … if this tune doesn’t become a classic in Hippie Nation, well that’d be a shame. This is just good old fashion timeless stuff-------

Jeff Tobias

Laura T Lynch of Kweevak.com

Magical !
If you put The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, Phish and a dash of improvisational jazz into a blender the flavorful result will be One-Eyed Jack. Despite the comparisons this sextet creates original music that is potent, refreshing and just plain fun! They have mastered free form jamming merging it into a variety of genres including classic rock, bluegrass, funk, psychedelic, gospel and southern rock. Their signature style includes dueling guitar leads, dynamic rhythms and abounding vocal harmonies. This twelve-track collection captures bohemian free style playing in a polished production yet spontaneity is not lost on this studio release. Sunlight Blue Madness is a gem, every song is great! My favorites were ‘Pride In your Pain’ with its soulful vocals, funky groove and haunting keys. It is followed by ‘Copperhead Well’, which brilliantly blends southern rock with jams and concludes in the blues. This song is one of many dynamic tracks that has broad bridge and mood changes. ‘The Road’ speeds along on fast paced bluesy vocals, scorching guitars, a funky beat and crashes into a 7/8 vamp to conclude this wild road trip. ‘Time on the Road’ is another smoldering track with a vocal duet and guitar leads that would make Dickey Betts smile. Sunlight Blue Madness is an imaginative CD that brings the jam band scene well into the new century!