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Jack Burton Overdrive

Cincinnati, Ohio band Jack Burton Overdrive (JBO) formed in 2006 around the concept of playing unique arrangements of their favorite songs based around vocals and a simple concertina and ukulele core. Concertina player Nick Barrows (Jetlab) and rhythm ukulelist Jack Rininger honed their skills on their own vision of the Great American Songbook, working up arrangements from such disparate sources as Elvis, RadioHead and Cincinnati faves Wussy.

Four years later, JBO recorded a version of Mele Kalikimaka with producer Jay Reynolds (Asleep at the Wheel) for New Fidelity Studios’ charity album Christmas Sessions.  With the addition of classically trained guitarist John Stork in 2011, JBO began to journey into writing originals and a sound was forming. The trio grabbed drummer Dave Welsh (JetLab, FrogMan) and a sonic union was formed synthesizing their divergent musical tastes and inspirations. 

In the winter of 2014 Jack Burton Overdrive went into the studio with Ben Cochran at Soap Floats Recording. Pulling from their collective memory of the sounds and experiences from their youth in Clifton, Northside, Downtown and OTR, the resulting album Tarbell Street to be released later this year, strives to capture the late night freedom of wandering Cincinnati’s vibrant entertainment districts with a pocket full of singles, registering and following the different sounds emanating from the lively nightclubs and bars.

With no genre off limits, JBO pulled from many influences; REM, Ben Folds, Weird Al, Dire Straits, Nick Lowe, and They Might Be Giants to name a few. JBO prides itself on enjoying the performance and nuanced arrangement of every song. Unique storytelling, driving instrumentation, and off-the-wall lyrics gives JBO its own special sound. From Americana to Prog, JBO leaves no musical stone unturned.

JBO are:

Nick Barrows - Vocals, Concertina, Stylophone

Jack Rininger - Vocals, Ukulele, Mandolin, Guitar

John Stork - Vocals, Guitar

Dave Welsh - Drums, Vocals, Guitar

 

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