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Colorado's award winning blues artist Jack Yoder (who’s solo show won Best Solo/Duo Act, Colorado Blues Society, 2012) with his three piece combo called Jack Yoder & The 2 Piece Suit just released their CD “Songs We Don’t Know” (Best Self-Produced Blues CD, Colorado Blues Society, 2012 - Available on itunes & amazon as well as at jackyoder.com).
Here's what 40wattgigolo.com had to say about him...
“2012 has been a great year for Jack Yoder, marked by the release of the self-produced Songs We Don't Know and for winning the Colorado Blues Society competition for best solo blues artist of 2012. Both the record and Jack will be competing at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee next month. Nice way to kick of 2013.
Jack Yoder has an encyclopedic knowledge of tone. Mention a song and he can dial up the tone and play you the tune. Doesn't matter if its Hubert Sumlin or Bob Mould, shut your eyes and that's the sound. It is a gift. Mixed with his own musicianship and songwriting skills, it produces jaw-dropping results.
Benzedrine is a song I really dig off of this record. Expertly written, Jack gives us a throwback vibe that would sound great on any of the recent Bob Dylan albums. Listen to the guitar tone with its clarity and tinge of reverb and you are transported back to any 1940's blues joint. Meanwhile, the upright bass and drums lay down a fine groove and beat that any guitarist would love to play over.
Then there are the lyrics. Is he singing about drugs or women? Is there really any difference? It starts with the first verse:
Up all night, can't sleep at all
Tired of staring at these same four walls
I burn, burn, burn for you
Jack Yoder represents a door that connects the past and future of the blues. He has the ability to make the old new that I usually equate with R.L. Burnside. Check Jack Yoder out. He is the real deal.” -Ed Behan, 40wattgigolo.com
Jack Yoder – Guitar, Dobro, Vocals, Harp, Fearless leader
Jack once asked his childhood friend Brian Gibson (really - no joke) to teach him to play Judas Priest on his brother’s guitar back in the 80’s. Brian agreed but also required him to learn a few B.B. King and Robert Johnson tunes as “payment”. The rest just wrote itself. Jack fell in love at first twang of the blues back then and has played and performed for over 20 years in numerous bands spanning the map from Atlanta to San Francisco to New Orleans. The last of which quickly became his spiritual home where he considers himself as having “walked in a guitarist and walked out a musician”. It was in The Crescent City that he began seriously crafting his own voice and performed regularly as a solo act. The majority of music Jack has composed over the years is unmistakably drawn from the earthy soul and ethereal state of mind that true New Orleans purists immediately nod to.
Then he met Vito and decided that well...maybe a little break from the hurricanes was in order.
Vito Lella – Drums
Though the French horn was Vito’s first instrument taken up in elementary school, he soon figured out that carrying a pair of sticks and a pad beat the hell out
of lugging a 30 lb., clunky horn case back and forth to school… especially in the rain … and living a mile away… uphill …both ways. He played in the school orchestra band, jazz band and a rock and roll band till about age 15 when he decided a good 34 year rest was required. At 49, his son’s urging to play “Rock Band” on the Wii video console re-ignited his desire to play drums. After trying to figure out how he could start playing and not have his wife file for divorce, he settled on an electronic drum set with headphones…for a while. Since then, Vito has been voraciously studying, practicing and improving his voice and has played in a number of performing bands.
Then he met Jack and reaffirmed his belief in the theory that “It’s better to be lucky than good”.