Jack Rowell and The Royal Blues Band
Jack Rowell, Jr. is a blue-eyed, soulful blues singer with blazing guitar licks to match. Blues legend Albert King once said about Jack, “He is one bad white boy who can flat sing and play the blues!” In 2014, Boo Mitchell (2015 Grammy Winner for Song of the Year) of legendary Royal Recording Studio in Memphis, engineered, and co-produced with Jerry Williams, the CD released as “Finger Lickin Blues by The Royal Blues Band featuring Jack Rowell Jr.” The Royal Blues Band includes Jack (lead guitar and vocals), Bob Horn (guitar), Buddy Davis (guitar), Mark Ross (keyboard), Leo Goff Jr. (bass) and Bill Marshall (drums). They performed at the 2013 and 2014 King Biscuit Blues Festival and continue to perform at festivals and concerts throughout the Mid-South.
In 2012, Jack produced and released the hot blues CD “Sleeping with the Blues”, engineered by Leo Goff, III, mixed by Jack Holder, and mastered by Larry and Kevin Nix/Ardent Recording Studio, which was touted as one of the best CD’s out of Memphis in a long time. “Sleeping with the Blues” was nominated for the 2013 Best Self-Produced CD at the International Blues Festival by The Blues Foundation. After winning the Sonny Boy Blues Society Battle of the Blues Bands, The Jack Rowell Jr. Band performed at the 2012 and was that Society’s entry into the 2013 International Blues Challenge. During Elvis Week in August 2012, Jack was music director for the King’s Fanfare at Handy Park on Beale Street, his band backing up Tony Orlando, T G Sheppard, Kelly Lang and Jimi Jamison. Since spring 2010, Jack, with his band, has hosted a Thursday night celebrity jam in Memphis, currently at Neil’s Music Room, where the best musicians from Memphis, the Mid-South and the world come together with friends and fans to spread World Boogie.
Jack began his professional career at the age of 15 in The Debuts (“If I Cry”) with partner, Jimi Jamison (Survivor), who were signed with Atlantic Records and toured with The Buckinghams, Mitch Ryder and Roy Orbison. Since then, Jack has performed with national artists such as Rufus Thomas, Pinetop Perkins, Willie Cobbs, The Gentrys (“Keep on Dancin”, “Cinnamon Girl”), Delbert McClinton, George Jones, Ace Cannon, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals), Bowser (Sha Na Na), The Shangrilas, The Tokens, Martha Reeves, Renaldo Rey, Ben Cauley (Bar Kays), The Highwaymen II (Willie/Waylon/Kris/Johnny), Robbie Turner (Chris Stapleton), Steve Potts (Greg Allman), Luther Kent (Voice of Louisiana) , B. B. Cunningham (of “Let It All Hang Out”/”Little Deuce Coupe”), and with Memphis and Beale Street greats such as Joyce Cobb, Don McMinn, Reba Russell, James Govan, Herman Green, Sonny Williams, Noki Taylor, Jack Holder and more.