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JACK KEROWAX

a master class in moody Americana

– D MAGAZINE

“a little Wilco, a little Son Volt”

– Le Cri Du Coyote Magazine, FRANCE

“resolutely gritty, lovingly handmade tunes” 

– Preston Jones, DFW.COM

“A real success”

– Rootstime Belgium 

“Great production, great song craftsmanship and excellent tunes… 5 out of 5!” 

– A. Dorian, HOUSTON MUSIC REVIEWS

 

 

”Kerowax” is the debut album by this Americana-rock band fronted by singer-songwriter Johnny Beauford. The group is composed of musicians from several Dallas/Fort Worth bands. The 10-track album was recorded, mixed, and mastered solely on analog equipment at Ferralog Studios in Dallas (Out November 25th on St Cait Records.)

Jack Kerowax arose out of friendships, collaborations and rehearsals in northeastern Texas. Looking for sidemen to perform on what he intended to be a full-length solo album, Johnny Beauford began playing with local musicians Garrett Padgett (Deadmoon Choir & Bravo, Max!), Nathan Adamson (The Hazardous Dukes) and Chase McMillan (Goodnight Ned). A weekly residency at a Dallas-area cafe gave the guys time to develop out a warm, fuzzed-out blend of Americana arrangements and pop hooks.

“Dallas-Fort Worth bandleader Johnny Beauford wanted to make a solo album, so began casting the net for compadres who would fit. The newly-minted assemblage started playing a weekly gig in Dallas, and the next thing anyone realized was that the Jack Kerowax was a band. Thank goodness for that, too, because the fresh aggregation has an appealingly strange way of roping together influences ranging from Lou Reed to real country, without ever sounding as preposterous as it looks in print” 

– Bill Bentley, THE MORTON REPORT

 

During tracking and after completing sessions the band played 50+ shows over an 18 month period, opening for national acts Jessica Lea Mayfield, Bobby Bare Jr. Night Moves, My Jerusalem, The Bunny Gang, Eric McFadden and more. The band took an extended break from live performances in preparation for the albums’ release. Bassist Chase McMillan was later replaced by assistant engineer for the album, Nash Griggs.

 

 

“The Jack Kerowax serve up killer Americana on stellar debut album”

– Jeffrey Sisk, PITTSBURGH IN TUNE

 

“Country-pop with complex arrangements and devilishly delicious 100% analog sound”

– Max Achatz, COUNTRY JUKEBOX (Munich, Germany)

 

“Equal parts Lynyrd Skynyrd & Ryan Adams”

– R2 Rock N’ Reel Magazine (UK)

 

“Lyrically, this record is full of condensed short stories. Most of the stuff I write has some pretty dark undertones, and the music in response, usually seems to have some equally dark overtones. However, there are good times — and despite popular opinion, it is possible to be inspired by joy as easily as depression or anger”, says Beauford, a prolific songwriter and occasional solo artist who also fronts the rock group Bravo Max.

The album’s lead single, “Ten Year War”, mixes thick harmonies, guitar arpeggios and gauzy keyboards into a cautionary love song. “It touches on falling in love with a country or religion or person or obsession that may very well turn its back on you”, says Beauford, who sings the tune in a warm, wounded baritone. Meanwhile, songs like “Huck Finn’s Hideout” and ‘”Fever” crank up the tempo as well as the guitar amps, resulting in a sound that mixes the swagger of blues with the boozy spirit of rock’n’roll. “Moonshine Barber” even finds enough room for harmonica and saloon-style piano, too, drawing a connection between the Dallas music scene of today and the more western-leaning sounds of the previous century.

“Indie-pop, Americana, and ingenious Texas blues” 

-Real Roots Cafe, The Netherlands

 

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Kerowax hits #20 on Euro Americana Chart for January 2015 (Read more)

&

Standout track “Bliss” remained on Top Hits list on 91.7 KXT for 15 straight weeks to begin 2015

(Check out KXT)

:: Stream “BLISS” on YouTube ::

 

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Shop for Jack Kerowax Merchandise including limited run t-shirts, posters, stickers, and more:  KEROWAX STORE

“Kerowax” was produced by Jonathan Jackson & Jack Kerowax.

-Tracking and mixing at Ferralog Studios :: Dallas, TX.

-Branding, design, and print production by Belmont Icehouse :: Dallas, TX.

-Mastering by Billy Stull of Legendary Audio :: Corpus Christi, TX.

European Press: PETER HOLMSTEDT :: Hemifran :: Holmstedt, Sweden.

 

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Upcoming Shows

Date City Venue
Tour: Jack Kerowax SOLO 2017
07/28/17 Dallas, TX Sofar Sounds
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Secret House Show Location. Jack Kerowax SOLO show at Sofar Sounds DFW. Secret location. Go to Sofar Sounds website for tickets and info. Buy Tickets More information
Tour: 2017 Tour
08/01/17 Lubbock, TX The Blue Light Live
Time: 11:00pm. Admission: $3. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (806) 762-1185. Address: 1806 Buddy Holly Ave.. Venue phone: (806) 762-1185. Jack Kerowax show at 11p. Buy Tickets More information
08/05/17 Denton, TX Harvest House
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 331 E. Hickory St.. Venue phone: 940-218-6148. On Saturday, August 5th Jack Kerowax will play a show at Harvest House in Denton, TX w/ The Speedlights. Show starts at 9p. More information
Tour: Jack Kerowax SOLO 2017
08/19/17 Fort Worth, TX 44 Bootlegger
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: 0.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1411 W Magnolia Ave #101. Venue phone: (817) 887-9089. On, Saturday August 19th Jack Kerowax SOLO (AKA Singer-Songwriter Johnny Beauford)… will play a show from 8p to 11p. Free entry for this Intimate low volume show at a killer little spot in Fort Worth, TX. More information
Tour: 2017 Tour
08/26/17 Bedford, TX The City of Bedford’s Woofstock
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2801 Forest Ridge Dr,. On Saturday, August 26th Jack Kerowax will play 2 full sets at The City of Bedford’s annual Woofstock event. Bring your dog and party.
Tour: Jack Kerowax SOLO 2017
09/08/17 Bastrop, TX Copper Shot Distillery
Time: 6:00pm. Admission: $0.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 601 Chestnut St. Venue phone: (512) 412-6414. On Friday, September 8th Jack Kerowax has a Solo show at Copper Shot Distillery in Bastrop, TX. Free to attend. Music from 6p – 9p. More information
Tour: 2017 Tour
09/16/17 Denver, CO Black Shirt Brewing Company
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $0.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3719 Walnut St. Venue phone: (303) 993-2799. On Saturday, September 16th Jack Kerowax will be at Black Shirt Brewing Co. in Denver Colorado for a show starting at 9pm. Buy Tickets More information
11/10/17 Tulsa, OK The Vanguard
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $10-$13. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (918) 561-6885. Address: 222 N Main St. Venue phone: (918) 561-6885. On Friday, November 10th Jack Kerowax will be in Tulsa, OK for a show at The Vanguard. Local support TBA. $10-$13 tickets now available. Buy Tickets More information
Tour: Jack Kerowax SOLO 2017
11/18/17 Taylor, TX Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $5.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 113 W 2nd St. Venue phone: (512) 804-9626. On Saturday, November 18th Jack Kerowax will play a show at Black Sparrow Music Parlor in Taylor, TX. The show starts at 8p. $5 entry. Buy Tickets More information
11/24/17 Levelland, TX Trilogy Cellars
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $0.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 618 Ave. H. Venue phone: (806) 568-9463. On Friday, November 24th Jack Kerowax SOLO will play a show at Trilogy Cellars in Levelland, TX. The show is free to attend and the music starts at 7p. Buy Tickets More information
11/25/17 Albuquerque, NM Tractor Brewing Company (Wells Park)
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: 0.00. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1800 4th St NW. Venue phone: (505) 243-6752. On Saturday, November 25th Jack Kerowax SOLO will play a show at Tractor Brewing’s Wells Park location in Albuquerque, NM. The show is free to attend and starts at 8p. More information
11/26/17 Taos, NM Historic Taos Inn
Time: 6:30pm. Admission: $0.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Venue phone: (575) 758-2233. On Sunday, November 26th Jack Kerowax SOLO will play a show at The Adobe Bar inside the Historic Taos Inn in Taos, NM. This show will take place from 6:30p – 9:30p and is free to attend. Buy Tickets More information

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