JACK SAUNDERS - BIO

Jack grew up as a Navy brat in California, Rhode Island, Alaska, and many states in-between. When the British Invasion craze hit, he knew what he wanted to do with his life - make girls scream! Then one day a friend brought by a Bob Dylan record that steered him in a new direction focused on songwriting.

During his senior year in high school, Jack lived in a remote town in Alaska before moving to Dallas and subsequently Austin. This was the early '70s, and the Austin "cosmic cowboy" scene was in full swing. After awhile, a friend suggested that he move to Houston because there was a great music scene in the Montrose area, so he moved to Houston in 1976 and immediately found work playing his songs in local clubs, where he met Shake Russell, John Vandiver and many others. He played clubs like Anderson Fair, Theodore's, Corky's and the Texas Opry House, and joined an art rock band, Taxi Dancer.
Most of the '80s and half of the '90s Jack played with Shake Russell - first as a bassist in his band and then for 6 or 7 years as a duo mate and lead guitarist, sharing the writing and singing. As a duo, Shake and Jack were a fixture in the Texas music scene and beyond, releasing several CDs together. Recording all those albums, he learned about and fell in love with the art of recording.

In 1996, Jack opened
White Cat Recording in Houston. Since then, he's split his time at the studio, performing solo or with a band, and has released four CDs of his own. He has also played in the bands of many of his favorite artists, such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Greg Trooper, Randy Weeks, Susan Gibson and Hayes Carll, while at the same time producing and recording dozens of titles in his studio for other songwriters. 
 
2012 found Jack releasing A Real Good Place To Start, which is an ironic title given his lengthy experience as a musician and songwriter.
 
2013 finds Jack Saunders with another new release, entitled Grit and Jangle, which showcases his rootsy approach on songs ranging from the alt-country whimsy of Mustache on the Mona Lisa, the jangly rock of the title track to the Zydeco dance groove on Acadian Angel. Grit and Jangle will release in early summer along with touring dates in support throughout the remainder of 2013.
 
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JACK SAUNDERS - AUTOBIOGRAPHY

I grew up in the sixties as a Navy brat, living in California and Rhode Island, and many states in-between. We had a large family and not very much money, so we didn't own a stereo - but we had the car radio. Since we traveled across country like the family in The Great Santini, from one duty station to the next, I heard a lot of music. When the British Invasion craze hit, with the Beatles, Stones, Kinks and Byrds, I knew what I wanted to do with my life - make girls scream! I started playing bass in garage bands with other kids whose parents were in the service. One day a friend brought by a Bob Dylan record, which set me off in a new direction focused on songwriting.

The summer before my senior year in high school, I was living in a remote town in Alaska and travelled to Dallas to visit my sister. I ended up meeting a large group of people that congregated at several houses on Bowser Street. The common thread of the characters on Bowser Street was music.  At times, two or three dozen people gathered to play guitars or just sing along. It was a great summer, but seasons end and I headed back to Alaska inspired to write songs.  After school was over, I packed my guitar and moved to Dallas, but by then most of the people on Bowser Street had scattered to the wind, so I decided to move to Austin. This was the early '70s, and the Austin "cosmic cowboy" thing was in full swing - hippies playing country music, as well as great blues and rock bands, and much of it came to the Armadillo World Headquarters. Heady times, indeed.

A friend I had originally met on Bowser Street told me I should move to Houston because there was a great music scene in the Montrose area, where people would actually pay you to play! So, in the Christmas of '76, I came to Houston and immediately found work playing my songs in local clubs. I met Shake Russell, John Vandiver and many others, and started playing with several artists in the local scene.

I did my own songs and played bass or guitar backing up anyone and everyone I could. Clubs like Anderson Fair, Theodore's, Corky's and the Texas Opry House were bustling. Townes Van Zandt was around some, as were Lucinda Williams, Lee Roy Parnell, Gurf Morlix and Blaze Foley. I played with locals like Danny Everitt and a great bunch of musicians from Bryan, Texas - Rick Richards, Rick Poss and Kline Reeves - that became the art rock band, Taxi Dancer. By the end of the '70s, the Houston scene had all but disappeared, so I moved back to Austin for awhile before settling down for good in the Houston area.


Most of the '80s and half of the '90s I played with Shake Russell - first as a bassist in his band and for the final 6 or 7 years as a duo mate and lead guitarist, sharing the writing and singing. As a duo, Shake and I were a fixture in the music scene in Texas and beyond, releasing several CDs together. Recording all those albums, I learned about and fell in love with the art of recording. In '96, I opened my own studio,
White Cat Recording in Houston.

Since then, I've split my time recording and performing solo or with a band; I've released four CDs of my own and have played in the band with many of my favorite artists, such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Greg Trooper, Randy Weeks, Susan Gibson and Hayes Carl, while producing and recording dozens of titles in my studio for other songwriters.

2012 finds me releasing my fourth solo CD, A Real Good Place to Start, which is an ironic title, given my lengthy experience as a musician. The title is about the creative process, where, in order to move forward, you have to reinvent yourself to some extent with every new project. To do that, you have to find a place to begin-whether it's writing a song or navigating your way through life. So, I can look back on a long and satisfying career in music, while also looking forward to the future with a new batch of songs.
A Real Good Place to Start is just that - a real good place to start - again.