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Jack Rentfro and the Apocalypso Quartet / Press

“Despite the talented support, Rentfro's witty intellectualism steals the show through a captivating narrative voice that would rival Alan Watts or Morgan Freeman with the everyman's believability of Johnny Cash. The topics range from political and religious to lighter material”

“Jack Rentfro fits no categories. In fact, calling the sometime-journalist’s show “music” is dancing around the issue. Despite his years, long ago, as a bassist for a reggae band, what Rentfro does now is deadpan performance art borrowing from a Beat idiom: He tells provocative, unsettling, and often beer-spewingly hilarious stories over the inspired backing of some of Knoxville’s finest musicians, assembled in a jazz/blues band like no other. Imagine, if you will, William Jennings Bryan on heroin fronting the Art Ensemble of Chicago, doing kaleidoscopic impressions of Jack Kerouac, Steven Wright, and Cormac McCarthy, sometimes with the assist of a megaphone stolen from Rudy Vallee. Okay. Never mind. Perhaps a Rentfro show, like the Koran, can only be approximated in English words.”

"...the name stems from a 1986 self-published, one-edition magazine he put out called Apocalypso Now. “I liked it being a fan of reggae and reggae having such an Old Testament, Jeremiah-like, oh-ye-children-of-Israel-people-get-right kind of thing,” he said. “And of course, I’m from Cleveland, which has an apocalyptic bent being the headquarters for three or four branches of the Church of God. I just absorbed a lot of that through osmosis growing up.”