Mack Jump

, United States

Genres:Folk, Blues - Acoustic
Bio: MACK JUMP
SINGER-SONGWRITER and GUITAR PLAYER
(Flat picking, finger-picking, slide, and bare finger styles)

I come from a musical family. My dad played acoustic lap steel and violin and my mom played rhythm guitar and cello. All of us kids played guitar or banjo, etc. My dad worked hard as a carpenter and we moved around a lot. I currently live in Indianapolis, Indiana and record on my own label: Jump Street/Three Eye. I can be reached by e-mail: mackjump@hotmail.com. I am working on a web page.
My musical influences include Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin’ Sam Hopkins and Elizabeth Cotten. People have compared my music to Jorma Kaukonen and Chris Smither, among others. Because I am an independent, I have the LUXURY of avoiding the dictates of strict compliance with a single rigid “genre” (all Rock ‘n’ Roll, all Jazz, all Country Blues, etc.). My albums have some Bluegrass, some Country Blues, some Pop Rock, etc. It’s like when you load multiple CDs into your player and hit “shuffle”. My CDs are already “pre-shuffled”! I play all instruments on my CDs, including all vocals, guitar, bass, dobro, mandolin, Roland guitar synthesizer, keyboards, tambourine, etc.

“Hadda Woman” (2001)
This album contains 13 original tunes (9 instrumental and 4 vocal) and represents a mix of Country Blues, Improvisation, Folk, and Good Time/Old Time Country, etc.

“Drivin’ All Night: (2006)
This album contains 20 tracks in all, including a (hopefully) humorous intro called “Radio Goofin”, and 12 Features (9 vocals and 3 instrumentals), followed by 3 Bonus Tracks (2 vocals and an instrumental) and a final section called “From the Cutting Room Floor” (3 instrumentals and a final 4-second whistle).

REVIEWS:

“My four favorite living guitar players are: Jorma Kaukonen, Peter Keane, Mack Jump and Chris Smither – in any order you choose!”
-Cousin Dave Wilson, my favorite DJ at WRUW 91.1 FM in Cleveland

“Mack plays an eclectic mix of original words and music heavily influenced by Traditional American Country and Folk Music, including Country Blues with a slight dusting of guitar synthesizer thrown in for added interest.”
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