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Lightning Fried - Reno Jack the Bear 


His name may suggest a card shark from the Wild West, but Reno Jack is actually a well-respected veteran on the rockabilly/country scene, having played extensively with such legends as Handsome Ned, Herald Nix and Johnny MacLeod (in The Jack Family). He has been featured on more than 20 albums, but Lightning Fried is the first album to come out under his own name. It's a real strong debut, one that incorporates country, blues, folk and vintage rock 'n roll elements. Jack has a deep voice that's full of character, and there is energy and humour in his well-crafted songs (the album comprises 11 originals and four covers). He is backed by a great posse of players, from American notables like Watermelon Slim and Robert Hughes (Teeny Tucker Band) and Janelle Frost to Canadians Rusty McCarthy (Mary Margaret O’Hara), Cleave Anderson (Blue Rodeo), Shelley Coopersmith, Johnny Lovesin and Sunday Wilde (Jack has produced her recent fine records).
Reno Jack played Thunder Bay earlier this week and is at King's Palace Cafe in Memphis on May

Reno Jack -- Rootstime Review HIGHLY RECOMMENDED  

TRANSLATED from Google --- Review by Eric Schuurmans

Reno Jack "The Bear" from Toronto, Canada, is Rootstime no stranger, because he was the producer of the latest albums of stadsgenote Sunday Wilde ("He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown" - 2014, "Hey Digs Me" - 2014 Both albums are reviewed by Rootstime). Reno singer Jack is bassist and rockabilly musician and very well known in the Queen Street scene in Toronto.
Reno Jack worked with numerous other musicians together as ao Mike Van Eyes, Russ Young, Rocky Craig, Cadillac Bob Handsome Ned, Jimmy "Demic" Weatherstone, Steve Koch, Chris Houston, Pat Temple, King David, Johnny MacLeod and recently Cadillac Bill and Kim Doolittle.

In the past fifty years, Jack Reno to hear more than twenty albums, but only now he releases his first solo album "Lightning Fried" from. The album is a mix of blues, country, honky tonk, and R & R. Jack is helped on the album by Watermelon Slim (harmonica, dobro), Johnnie Lovesin, Robert Hughes and David West (guitar), Rusty McCarthy (bass, guitar, mandolin, keys) and Janelle Frost (piano).

The album features ten original songs and five (favorite) covers. At his favorites hear the country rocker "Trying To Get To You" which was sung by Elvis in no less than five versions, Arthur Alexander's Hawaiian song "Baby This Baby That" Handsome Ned's "That'll Be The Love" Johnny Lovesin's "Slow Dancing" (with Wild in the choir Sundy) and the relaxed "Such A Funny Little Thing" Herald Nix. Nix opened with Jack once a concert of "The Clash". The stories that Jack in his original songs will be no ordinary stories, but facts, events and situations (eg. Internet or additives). Jack put a mission because he wants us to think so.

Jack opens with a solid blues rocker "Lightning Fried", a story about the destructive power of a tornado, where the chickens in the air flying. "Say Self" is a country blues song, which Jack someone points the door. Watermelon Slim confirms the extensive action on harmonica. In "Salt" does Jack rocking a suit against the evil influence of salt in the human body. His advice is "Come on, shake it up, do not do it ..." "20th Century Song" is a quiet folk shuffle, with a long and morals "Bo Buddy" is mi Jack's ultimate tribute to Bo Diddley? Water Smart echoes on dobro fun along the choruses, while Johnnie Lovesin soloot on guitar .. The country songs "Blue Ball Boil" and "Daddio" Jack holds the world up to the light and especially the weaknesses of society. The slow blues "Gee Oogle It Baby" is also an indictment. An indictment of the Internet and its impact on our world. Johnnie Lovesin on guitar and harmonica Slim colors this song. The rocker "All atwitter" is another good example, because Jack pokes fun at all the virtual Twittering. Jack closes after nearly an hour and fourteen songs album with a final series of reservations in the last slow "For A Little While". Watch his voice, it would be that of compatriot Leonard Cohen or Tom Waits can be.

Reno Jack is a man lives by. You hear (what people have a voice that man!) And feel in his songs. Jack is a man with a message and it is time that we listen again to his wise words! For what Reno Jack "The Bear" dry but witty says in his songs, often are the things that we ourselves no longer see or hear ... Highly recommended!

Review of Lightning Fried - Reno Jack the Bear

First Review from Wasser Prawda in Germany


In the last 50 years, Reno Jack has already played on several boards. But only now he released his first album. "Lightning Fried" (produced by Jack Reno, Sunday Wilde and Rusty McCarthy), is a mix of blues, country and rockabilly, where the songwriter, inter alia by Watermelon Slim, Rusty McCarthy, Robert Hiughes and Janelle Frost is accompanied.

Cutting rough and gentle at the same time that voice comes from. And the stories told Reno Jack are not the everyday radio fare (not even at Country or Blue stations on the Internet): It's about the madness of the Internet age, as well as to the effects of salt on the human body to the destruction, which can cause a tornado like to fads of today's society. Reno Jack wants to stimulate thinking. And he does so with his songs in any case.

In between, he plays on "Lightning Fried" even some of his favorite songs, like "Trying To Get To You" by Elvis, Arthur Alexander's "Baby This baby That" or Herald Nix '"Such A Funny Little Thing". With the latter he had played in the 80s rockabilly and even opened a concert of The Clash in Vancouver.

From Cowpunk the 80s and 90s can be heard now, however, less: Rather you can already hear some wisdom of old age in Reno songs. Yes, Jack Reno has to offer both: Country Western, as well as blues, folk, and some jazz can be heard. But most of all he is a great storyteller and usually relaxed, with the "Lightning Fried" a great album succeeded. (Hwy 11 Records)

Nathan Norgel from Wasser Prawda