// Origin: Brooklyn, NY
The man Jerry Lee Lewis once likened to “that Cash kid, but good” has enjoyed a long and varied career. Jack Grace is that man: a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who’s been touring and recording for over 25 years. His duet with Norah Jones, “Bad Wind Blowing” was a standout tune on his last recording, Everything I Say Is A Lie, produced by Joan Jett and Steve Earle’s former guitarist Eric Ambel. He’s performed with a diverse collection of artists, like the aforementioned Lewis as well as Doc Watson, Fishbone, Junior Brown, The Meters and has even shared the bill with Merle Haggard.
He’s contributed tunes and scoring to several movies, including both Super Troopers 1 and 2, with the cult hit “Big Bear,” as well as the rollicking “What I Drink and Who I Meet at the Track,” heard in Beerfest. A seasoned solo performer, his current focus, Jack’s groups have comprised a variety of configurations over the years. With a revolving cast of characters, he leads anything from simple guitar, bass, and drum trios to seven-piece ensembles complete with piano, steel, trombone, and trumpet.
“It sounds like Cole Porter meets Gene Autry.” — Clyde Haberman, New York Times
“He’s like that Cash kid, but good.” — Jerry Lee Lewis on hearing Jack live
“…a skill at painting perfect vignettes with their songs – some humorous, some heartbreaking – but always drawn from real life.”— Exclaim (Canada)
“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 (Canada)
“He has been known to praise whiskey and large glasses of beer.” — New York Times
“A bona fide Country Rock Originator.”
— Kilkenny Advertiser (Ireland)
“…f***ing splendid…you can practically taste the whiskey dripping off the songs.— Village Voice
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“The man slings more than a few sparks from his big, hollow-body Gibson….what sets his songs apart from the rest of the country or alt-country scene is his laugh-out-loud, absurdist wit.” — New York Free Press
“The only cowboy unashamed to clutch a martini glass.” — The Virginian Pilot
“One of the city’s most skilled and personable stars.” — Time Out NY
“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