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'...Such is the quality and depth of the songwriting and music on this record it could be described as Cade’s very own ‘Nebraska'.'
'...‘Bear Bones’ is one captivating listen.'
'...Cade has created a stellar album.'
Maverick Country Music Magazine
As Americana UK recently noted, ‘Jack Cade will never be accused of having a golden throat. Imagine Kris Kristofferson in a heated argument with Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, and Johnny Cash.’ Jack obviously sounds nothing like any of these unique vocalists, but they stand as a reference point to his rough, beaten up baritone of a voice, a vocal delivery that is best understood in a live setting, where his power to convey the feeling in each of his life inspired tales of love, loss, the downfalls and ultimate redemption.
His songs have melodies, hooks and choruses that live long after the gig has finished, inspired in part by growing up with a mix of country tunes and punk rock. As Jack puts it himself ‘I put musical leanings down to a mixture of watching Sergio Leone westerns far too many times and the early years spent sitting in my grandparents kitchen on a Sunday afternoon, whilst the
roast dinner was in full swing, with the radio spewing out any number of popular country tunes. Then came Punk and that changed everything, now anyone could put together two and half minutes of three chord songs with a catchy chant of a chorus, it’s a cliché to say it, but it changed my teenage life. Now I write and sing simple songs about the life around me, a sort of social historic commentary. I always want each song to have something memorable about it.’
Jack plays a varied format live, from solo acoustic to full band and anything in-between, with slide guitarist and pianist his much favoured set-up. In keeping with his Punk roots, he strives to play
gigs that are affordable for people to attend.
Maverick Magazine - Rob Ramsey - 'Bear Bones' - 4 Stars
...make no mistake about it, Jack Cade has created a stellar album
Maverick Magazine - Rob Ramsey
4 Star Review
A terrific Americana album... Listening to Bear Bones is certainly a fulfilling experience. What’s immediately striking are Cade’s vocals, which are exemplary. When you combine that with songs really standing out, you’re onto a winner, especially when the musicianship is very, very good... ...make no mistake, Cade has created a stellar album.
Americana UK - Mike Elliott
Jack Cade will never be accused of having a golden throat. Imagine Kris Kristofferson in a heated argument with Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, and Johnny Cash. If it helps, or just for fun, picture the gigantic yellow bear head that graces the cover of his second solo album, ‘Bear Bones,’ as the singer of the songs within. Once you get it, though, you’ll be glad you stuck around, because ‘Bear Bones’ is one captivating listen...
...‘Bare Bones’ is not so much a departure for Cade as it is an evolution. He’s learned to channel the dark and acoustic tones of his earlier work into a more accessible sound, yet it remains raw and powerful. By making many of these songs rock-based and hook-heavy (and the songs stay with you long after the album’s over), Cade has guaranteed his music will reach a wider audience without compromise – every artist’s ultimate dream.
A Thoughtful and Visionary Look at Life, Love and the American Way...
Folk and Tumble - Gerry McNally
Bear Bones’ has a great alt-country sound that mixes good rocking tunes with laid back poignant melodic Americana. Cade has a voice that sounds like the illegitimate offspring of Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, and his strong personal lyrics show empathy with everyday feelings and situations. While sounding deceptively bleak at times, the record delivers an upbeat message of hope and encouragement. Such is the quality and depth of the songwriting and music on this record it could be described as Cade’s very own ‘Nebraska’.
RnR Magazine - Neil McLeod
Delivered in vocals that sound like they belong to a grizzled veteran bar singer who has just gargled with whiskey and broken glass before taking to the stage in a Nashville tavern, the voice actually hails from North Kent and has stopped of in Reading en route to his current home in Brighton. Cade uses his real-life English experiences of economic decline and unemployment and marries it to the various musical tropes of mythic Americana, full tales of hard-won victories over life’s injustices, redemption, salvation and hope, in the tradition of Cash, Dylan and Waits,
A Thoughtful and Visionary Look at Life, Love and the
American Way... Rocking Magpie
Jack Cade has played at: Wood Festival/Edinburgh Fringe/Outwest Festival/The Big Day Out/Readipop/East Reading Festival/Homespun Festival/Lantern Society/The Alternative Escape/Oxjam/Reading Street Food Festival/Cirque Subite....
and supported: Southern Tenant Folk Union/Holy Moly and the Crackers/Case Hardin/Pat Reedy/La Morte Subite...
Jack always strives to play gigs that are affordable for promoters to put on and for people to attend. From fixed fees to passing around the hat, all options are available. We support all gigs through our social channels and boosted promotions, as well as supplying printed posters and support materials.
To book ‘Jack Cade’ for anything from a performance in your
lounge to a festival stage, contact:
Mark Wrangham at Collision Music on