Jackslacks – The 92107

Published on: 2018-02-12

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American rockabilly musician Jackslacks (name adapted from the Sparkeltones 1957 hit song “Black Slacks”) is originally from Valley Stream, Long Island, New York and currently resides in San Diego, California, United States.

After graduating from college, Jackslacks honed his chops as a founding member in both Forbidden Pigs and Hot Rod Lincoln, popular groups in the early San Diego roots-rock scene, which also included Beat Farmers, The Paladins and Mojo Nixon. At about the same time, childhood elementary school chum, Tommy Byrnes joined neo rockabilly band Stray Cats on second guitar and backing vocals for a European and US tour concluding at the New Orleans World’s Fair, giving Jackslacks the inside track to both the exploding local and increasingly popular national rockabilly revival scenes. Jackslacks CD “Rock and Roll Dinosaur” was produced by Stray Cats bassist Lee Rocker and includes Byrnes on guitar, before he went on to play with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Billy Joel. A huge fan of Sam Phillips Sun Records, Jackslacks co-wrote the Sun inspired original song “Bank Account’s Too Small” on the Hot Rod Lincoln CD “Blue Cafe” which won best local recording at the San Diego Music Awards and whose title track was written for the band by Topcat Brian Setzer.

Jackslacks has performed and recorded with many popular players of the genre, as well as opening shows for a variety of original and neo revival acts all across the United States, including hero’s Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry, The Blasters, Robert Gordon, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Reverend Horton Heat, NRBQ, Junior Brown, Morrissey and others. The Perkins show also featured Detroiter Johnny Powers (“Long Blond Hair”), the first and only recording artist to ever be under contract to both Sun and Motown, while the Jerry Lee show, MC’d by famed gravelly voiced radio DJ Wolfman Jack Wolfman, showcased a set list stacked with Sun favorites. Little Richard co-headlined the Chuck Berry performance. Jackslacks sums up the experiences by saying, “Getting to meet, hang out and share the stage with three of my all time favorite artists has been the highlight of my musical journey so far!”

Recent solo work, including the brand new 2018 full length “Earthling Sessions,” released on indie label Shield of Love and distributed through Universal Music Group, has received excellent press and gained substantial airplay in the US, Europe and Australia.

Jackslacks is a member of the Blackcat Rockabilly Europe Hall of Fame.