Jack Mack & the Heart Attack Horns Continue to Astound

November 27, 2016

Back to the Shack is the latest album by LA's hometown favorites Jack Mack & The Heart Attack Horns. It features 10 bluesy and soulful tunes, nine co-written by the band, and performed with a fresh and contemporary approach to the band's signature soulful sound loved the world over. Features vocalist extraordinaire and co-writer Mark Campbell, sax man Bill Bergman(producer, co-writer and horn arranger)  and Andrew Kastner (co-producer, co-writer and guitarist) and many of LA's finest studio and touring professionals including keys genius Mike Finnigan, veteran drummers Tony Braunagel and Les Falconer, trumpet mavens Les Lovitt and Lee Thornburg, keys master Carlos Murguia and more!  Produced by Jack Mack. Executive Producers for SSR Freeroll: John Heithaus, Bill Bergman and Andrew Kastner.

The players include Jack Mack’s World Class horn section, “The Heart Attack Horns” plus one of New Orleans’ favorite sons, Mark Campbell, on lead vocals. Additionally, the band members have performed, recorded or written for: Rod Stewart, Greg Allman, No Doubt, Stevie Wonder, The Eagles, Elvis Costello, Robert Cray, Keb Mo, Natalie Cole, Bobby Womak, Glenn Frey, James Brown and hundreds more. Other notables who lent their talents to the recording include legendary B3 player, Mike Finnigan, (Bonnie Raitt, Crosby Stills & Nash, Taj Mahal, Jimi Hendrix), Grammy winning producer, Tony Braunagel on drums, and Melanie Taylor (Aerosmith, John Mayer).  

 

The cut “Standing Before the King” starts with a tone reminiscent of some Solid Low Land Old School Delta Blues and like kick starting a ‘57 Pan Head Harley the tune jumps into gear with all the Bravado you expect from the Hardest Working Band in the Soul Business ... Spine tingling Vocals, Soul Wrenching Horns and a Granite Hard Bottom Line that will delight the most discriminating Blues Lover …

 

Wading in on “Something in the Water” is a tune that grabs the listeners from Head to the Hips and shakes them down. The Electric Six String stands tall and winds tight a stirring rhythm … R&B, Soul & Blues shaken up in fine style …

 

“Don’t Let Her Go” will take you on a trip to the shores of Myrtle Beach and is a knock out production of Carolina Beach Music. There is not a Shagger on the Grand Strand that won’t be shagging to this Head Bobbing ditty …

“Never Too Late” is West Coast sophistication with a bouncing Thump that lays the perfect bed for outstanding Vocals, Stout but Understated Guitar, Driving Horns & Wonderful Organ work. It makes for a Na’chal Big Grin Good Time …

 

With hints of the Gospel, Ease on Back, Relax and Soak Up the Big Band’s Lyrical Blessing of “Somebody to Trust” .. Life’s Angst covered Smooth with well-aged Bourbon …

 

When you square up to the banks of a Louisiana swamp it “Serves Me Right” to get lost in this woeful song of living life and hind-sighted mistakes. It’ll make you think its Your Own Damn Fault and chances are .. It Is …

Big Horns and Thumping Bass Line Funk has yet to go out of style and it’s not a “Bad Habit” to have when you’ve got your James Brown groove on. Electrified Funk like it’s supposed to be…

 

Begging and Pleading for the one that has walked out and crushed your world, you’ll promise to her I’ll “Change My Ways”. Saying It in a Big Way … Baby Please Come Home to Me...

 

Soul Crooning at its absolute best … “Ain’t No Way” will send you to the one you love and allow you to ask for her hand and draw her near. It gives you room to sweep her across the room and give her attention she hasn’t felt in years. It’s Meticulous Dynamic Sonic Soul from a day gone by but as relevant as tonight’s shining moon. Aretha would Be Proud …

 

I swear you’ll get the Foot Stomping Good Stuff if you’ll just “Let Me In”. Booty Shaking, Bottom Wiggling & Head Rocking is the theme and the story is all about the Big Time Soul. 

 

"What a great set Jack Mack & the Heart Attack Horns put together here. From jump till the final note this album is nothing short of astounding. If you want to get up and groove, this is definitely the record for you. Sure to please the most discerning Soul & Blues aficionado ... Simply put ... It's Damn Good!!!"

 

Cleve Baker / “Confessing the Blues” Radio Network

 

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