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Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil is a raucous and raw element of rock & roll, grounded in the roots of soul and blues. Hopeless Jack (lead vocals/slide-guitar) and Smilin’ Pete (drums) form the power duo of the Rose City's strip club; filled, liquor soaked nightlife working-class. They have left the cleaning up after drunks to their respected taverns, and taken to asserting themselves firmly alongside their passion, playing their authentic brand of "Low-Down-Dirty Roots & Roll".
Burning the candle at both ends, these two have taken the road by force. Since the band was formed two years ago, they have covered more than 90,000 miles, played over 400 shows in 28 states, 4 countries and 2 continents. They have been featured on Sons of Anarchy, SSG Music, NW Kustom Kulture Magazine, as well as various music blogs throughout the U.S. and Europe.
They call Portland home, but Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil have no plans on letting up their frantic pace any time soon. They were featured at INK&IRON in Long Beach, California where they will be sharing stages with such giants as; IGGY & the STOOGES, The Dead Kennedys, and Sublime.
These boys mean business. Thick, gritty, soulful, reverb heavy sound and upbeat danceable catchy hooks are matched with the commanding stage presence and the high energy antics of Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil. They put their heart and soul into every show and the spectacle is a sight you have to see to believe.
"I believe in Rock&Roll. Before lights & smoke. When performance was as important as the records put out. I believe there is a difference between bands that play songs and bands that pour their souls onstage. I am here to make believers." ~HJ