Jack grew up as a Navy brat, stationed in California and Rhode Island, and many states in-between. When the British Invasion craze hit, he knew what he wanted to do with his life—make girls scream! Then one day a friend brought by a Bob Dylan record, which steered him in a new direction focused on songwriting.
His senior year in high school, he was living in a remote town in Alaska before moving to Dallas, then eventually Austin. This was the early ‘70s, and the Austin “cosmic cowboy” scene was in full swing. After a while, a friend suggested that he should move to Houston because there was a great music scene in the Montrose area, So, he moved to Houston in 1976 and immediately found work playing his songs in local clubs, where he met Shake Russell, John Vandiver and many others. He played clubs like Anderson Fair, Theodore’s, Corky’s and the Texas Opry House, and joined an art rock band, Taxi Dancer.
Most of the ‘80s and half of the ‘90s he played with Shake Russell—first as a bassist in his band and then for 6 or 7 years as a duo mate and lead guitarist, sharing the writing and singing. As a duo, Shake and Jack were a fixture in the music scene in Texas and beyond, releasing several CDs together. Recording all those albums, he learned about and fell in love with the art of recording.
In 1996, Jack opened a studio, White Cat Recording in Houston. Since then he’s split his time performing solo or with a band, and has released four CDs of his own. Jack also played in the bands of many of his favorite artists, such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Greg Trooper, Randy Weeks, Susan Gibson and Hayes Carl, while at the same time producing and recording dozens of titles in his studio for other songwriters.
2012 finds Jack releasing his fourth solo CD, A Real Good Place to Start, which is an ironic title, given his lengthy experience as a musician. So, he can look back on a long and satisfying career in music, while simultaneously looking forward to the future, with a new batch of songs.
A Real Good Place to Start is just that---a real good place to start---again.