Captain Jack

Great update on the latest from Jack Howard.

Author:  Jeff Jenkins, InPress.

Date: 14 June 2014.

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Jack Howard is one of the hardest working people in showbiz bit, fortunately, playing is his work. Jack has just released a wonderful album, Day Of T he Dog, with his band The Long Lost Brothers.

He’s also a member of The Break – the surf/space rock outfit featuring Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey, and Volent Femmes’ Brian Ritchie – and he does a tribute show, Jack Howard & The Ambassadors Of Love Play Bacharach & David.

And, of course, Jack is a member of Hunters & Collectors, who are heading to New Zealand later this year to play with The Rolling Stones, following their triumphant Australian reunion tour, which included two shows with Bruce Springsteen. Did Jack meet The Boss? “No, dammit.” What about The E Street Band’s horn players? Is there a horn players’ union? Do you hang out together? “Jake Clemons watched us from side of stage, but the timing was bad between our sets. So much for the brotherhood of horns!”

Day Of The Dog is Jack’s sixth solo album. It’s a collection of superb, soulful pop from a consummate musician who knows that “less is always more”. The album showcases the stellar playing of all-star band The Long Lost Brothers – guitarist Nicky Del Ray (Intoxica), bass player Mark Ferrie (Models), pedal steel player Ed Bates (The Sports) and drummer Cal McApline (The Large Number 12s).

Asked to describe his band, Jack calls Nicky “the riffmeister! Like country gold”. Mark is “rich, like a fine single malt whiskey”. Ed is “the magician, the conjuror of sound”, and Cal is “my rock, the wind beneath my wings”.

Jack Howard & The Long Lost Brothers launch Day Of The Dog at Caravan Music Club on 27 June.