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Hunter & The Dirty Jacks / Press

“'Single Barrel' is roots and blues at its best ... 'Single Barrel' by Hunter and the Dirty Jacks sounds like it belongs on Sunset Boulevard under the sun. This group hailing from Los Angeles sounds pristine together, which may be why they took the “House band” reins from Vintage Trouble at Harvelle’s blues club. They have a tone that precedes millennium rock, but have a sound that transcends traditional Roots and Blues, creating a unique sound their own. ' 'Doctor Dingo' has a vibe that sounds like a Black Crowes rock classic ... The more you hear the howling vocals of Hunter Ackerman, you will fall into his trance. The perfectly assembled band with the perfectly assembled album is a must have.”

“'Rock & Roll Soul' ... has a kicker chorus that can get trapped in the mind for potentially the entirety of the day ... 'Salt Whiskey' showcases a smoldering, soulful performance both instrumentally and vocally. The song has a rich, smoky quality to it which almost gives one a sense of indulgence when listened to. 'Kennel Howl' uses creative lyricism to tell an interesting story, which makes it intriguing to hear from beginning to end; the accompaniment suits the verses perfectly, to boot. These performers have really proven themselves with this album; it’s a bold and energetic yet sharp and clean-cut collection of songs. Solid lyrics and catchy melodies delivered by gifted artists make Single Barrel a triple threat.”

“A little bit of rock, a little bit of high octane driven rock-soul, and a lot of harmonic goodness... The strategic interweaving of systemic melody and impressive vocal performances from Ackerman is a delight, but the solid rhythmical foundation of this band is essential to their artistic and commercial potential... The sound is that of the golden era of popular music in the sixties and seventies when musicianship mattered!”

“These six can play - I mean really play... brilliant in scope... they make it look so easy.”

“Artful lyrics and sensational performances... full tilt artisanship... Imagine The Black Crowes and The Doors had a baby...”

“("Jubilee") uplifting and melodic... ("Salt Whiskey") hypnotically amazing... ("Smoking Gun") makes your hair stand on end... the quintessential retro rock band the world needs right now... what do artists like Tom Petty, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Black Country Communion, the mighty Lynyrd Skynryd, Gregg Allman, and Little Feat have that these guys don't? Not much if you ask me, save the multi-million dollar promotional machines and major record label support.”

“Rich with musical flavors, textures, and top-tiered playing from all involved.”

“Hunter & The Dirty Jacks are a testament to how they insist on shifting the face of alt-pop rock... ("Jubilee") amazing... ("Salt Whiskey") soul stirring...”

“The songwriting is gold standard.”

“Tuesdays at Harvelle’s Santa Monica are unlike any Tuesday at any given blues club. The residency belongs to Hunter & The Dirty Jacks, a high energy, multi-dimensional bluesy, rootsy rock and roll band, who has transformed the way music gives back to the community.”

“There are a bunch of people congregating in the dark crevices of a Los Angeles blues bar, plotting to subvert the system, overthrow the music-industry machine and lift up the downtrodden. Most of whom have played in this bar too many times to count. But instead of talking about music, these co-conspirators are talking about a music-business revolution.”

“... seeing them live is an experience you shouldn’t pass up on.”

Daniel Garcia - Influentza

“The whole band is not only tight onstage, but has also found a great way to focus their musical energy to spotlight and support positive change...”

“Leadman Hunter Ackerman is fantastically charismatic and goes from impassioned vocalist to acoustic strumming bluesman to a rock & roll maniac who plays his own massive floortom with an assortment of stuff he keeps in a holster strapped to his side. The whole band is as tight as Katy Perry’s tubetop, combining catchy originals with awesome takes on legendary covers.”

“The sound is rock and roll with a soul and blues edge, a la the Black Keys, Rolling Stones, Black Crowes, and Jet.”

“The small price of admission to get in is well worth what you get seeing Hunter & The Dirty Jacks perform, the message they give, and the support you give to such an important cause. We need to focus on our community, and address the needs in our own backyard, instead of looking for someone else to solve our problems. The sense of community that fills Harvelle’s will definitely Service Your Soul.”

Daniel Garcia - Influentza

“Once in a while you hear a story about a band that just blows you away about how cool it is, you hope a coupla things happen: 1) people recognize its coolness and come out to support the band and its music and 2) it’s an inspiration to other bands regarding what they can do to raise awareness of their band while doing a solid for someone in need. So let me tell you just that kinda story, about rock band Hunter and The Dirty Jacks performin’ at Harvelle’s.”

“Feed your soul with rock 'n roll and help them feed the hungry while you get a payback in top notch entertainment. What could be better?”

“Always seemingly on the verge of losing control, they channel all that reckless energy to keep a clean but explosive set. A blues, vintage sound, Hunter & The Dirty Jacks still keep their sound relevant, playing numerous originals and covering some great songs, all perfectly mixed together.”

Daniel Garcia - Influentza

“A cast of Los Angeles and Orange County-area musicians who have been playing locally and regionally for over 10 years apiece.”

“A great rock show.”

Daniel Garcia - Influentza

“The Dirty Jacks put forth an extremely high energy, emotionally compelling performance coupled with a rare combination of soulful originals and tasty covers.”