QUOTES

“His prized possession is a 1947 Gibson acoustic guitar, autographed by his heroes, the country star Merle Haggard and the bluegrass legend Doc Watson. He is rarely spotted without his weather-beaten cowboy hat and rugged boots. He has been known to praise whiskey and tall glasses of beer. Make no mistake: Jack Grace is an old-fashioned country musician.” -New York Times

“NYC someday will brag about its great legends of country music, that’s right we said country, and among those names will be the engaging, hardworking, witty, and schmoozin’ and boozin’ Grace.” – Village Voice

“If you don’t laugh and cry at the same time as Grace and his gracefully loose band navigate their way through such gems as If You’re Gonna Raise a Drunk and Morning Margaritas, you better check your pulse. You might be disgracefully dead.” James Reaney, London Free Press (London, ON)

“Big Johnny Cash-style baritone singer with guitar, backed by a tremendously versatile, honest-to-goodness country band. Grace’s writing draws from such diverse influences as Merle Haggard, Tom Waits, the aforementioned Mr. Cash and Willie Nelson, but what sets
his songs apart from rest of the country or alt-country scene is his laugh-out-loud, absurdist wit. Not only is this a great party album and a great driving album but it’s also very smart and very funny.  Humor is a function of intellect anyway. – Alan Young of the New York Press

“Those seeking country music in NYC aren’t necessarily looking for escapist thrills. Urban cowboy and native New Yorker Jack Grace is the big hatted man to provide Western-tinged sounds with a gritty edge. When he sings about going down to the river, he means the one along the city’s East Side, not the Rio Grande.”
– Mike Wolf, Music Editor, Time Out

“Not your grandfather’s country music. Grace’s ferocious steel guitarist tours with indie rockers the Silos, his drummer is a jazz cat and the man himself slings more than a few sparks from his big, hollow-body Gibson. With a wink and a grin and a few shots of tekillya, they’ll quote from Led Zep, the Bee Gees and Neil Diamond before they bring it all back home.” – New York Press

“What’s a man with a Johnny Cash voice and a penchant for singing about Bloody Mary mornings, noons and nights to do? Canvass the city with his honky-sqwanking tears-in-beers songs and whip up a respectable following. Not bad for an urban cowboy.”
Village Voice

“Pick of the Week – The big voiced, hard-working Mr.Grace and band (which often includes Silo’s ace Drew Glackin on lap steel) play a twang and rock con-fusion that moves comfortably from original country weepers to 14-beer rampage versions of ‘I am I Said’
and ‘Stayin’Alive’. Since returning from peculiar parts of the West (Boulder and San Francisco), he’s added some banjo and accordion — the Ultimate Chick Magnets — to his honky-tonk flat picking.”
Village Voice

“…fucking splendid.” – Jessica Adler, Village Voice

“Gritty down home country the way it should be.”
Time Out New York