Jimmy Spacek's new release "PEACE & DISTORTION" captures a fire and soul that emerges from those fine guitar players who came before and those out in the world, serving up captivating music covered in a special Texas sauce. His playing sports a unique style that weaves blues, rock, and soul together with an explosive knockout punch. Jimmy's songwriting is also front and center with lyrics chanting hard-edged blues themes with driving guitar; but also digs deeper on "Broken Man"; about a military veteran who finds himself out on the street. And "Peacemaker" which echo's the never ending quest for peace...plus a cry for a better understanding of our common goals and needs on "Division Fare".
Jimmy grew up on the South Side of San Antonio picking up the guitar at age 14. This area of town also gave birth to many influential Texas artists- Augie Meyers, Doug Sahm and Randy Garibay. Seeking out their music and other great talents like Johnny Winter, Delbert McClinton, and ZZ Top; these artists helped shape his musical vocabulary…as he puts it, "I got to hang out and listen and steal a lick or two" this quote also referring to two of SA's premier rock bands (from the same neighborhood); The Cave Dwellers and The Aggressors. In high school Jimmy helped form The Undecided Mynd, playing a mix of 60's artists: The Doors, Monkees, Rightious Brothers, The Animals and Jimi Hendrix...Jimmy being one of a few guitar players at that time playing Hendrix.
Shortly after high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the tail end of the Vietnam War and although he never actually served in Vietnam, he absorbed the stress and the (unappreciated) vibe from returning soldiers. Some of that feeling and pain can be heard in Jimmy's playing and lyrics to this day. While stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, he passed the time performing throughout the state with a couple of bands and jamming with soldiers from all over the U.S. After his three year stint was completed and a troubled marriage ending, moving back to San Antonio was in order. From there he hit the road with the Texas Homegrown Band touring from Texas to Canada, down to Florida and back, playing Southern Rock with a Texas twist.
After several years on the road and back in Texas, Jimmy began working with a few local bands playing a bit of everything and fronting on tried and true blues standards like Born Under A Bad Sign, Stormy Monday and a slightly newer Jimi Hendrix classic, Red House. His soulful playing gained the attention of fans and received rave reviews from local music writers. It was during this time he got to perform with his early local heroes, Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers.
Growing tired of playing cover music, songwriting became a priority for Jimmy. He hooked up with an established rhythm section, Mike Muniz (Bass) and Bill Huedepohl (Drums) to help form Roller; a hot three piece Cream-style rocking blues outfit and started performing his original tunes. Roller earned a strong following in San Antonio and South Texas opening shows for such diverse artists as Lou Ann Barton and Derek & the Dominos alumni, Bobby Whitlock.
From there Jimmy teamed with two of his old high school buddies, Rick Zeinert (Bass) and Tom Callender (Drums) creating a new trio sporting a jam-band feel, digging deep into blues based themes; all with an original touch developing a sound they dubbed "bluesion". Jimmy took this new band, Jimmy Spacek & The Fever, into the studio and recorded "EASY COME, EASY GO" gaining international attention and distribution in Germany, France and Norway.
The albums "SOONER OR LATER" & "SWEET TEXAS SOUL" followed with the later released in Europe via the DixieFrog label. Sweet Texas Soul also featured guest appearances from Delbert McClinton (Harp) and Reese Wynans (Hammond B-3). Jimmy was now touring Europe and sharing the stage with some of the best: B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Joe Walsh, Roy Buchanan, Jimmie Vaughan, Leon Russell, Albert Collins, Delbert McClinton, Creedence Clearwater, George Thorogood, Johnny Copeland, Chris Duarte, Barbara Lynn, James Cotton, Lonnie Mack and Rick Derringer.
"NO TURNING BACK" came around with a slight nod to Jimi Hendrix on tap, plus guest appearance's by Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, Augie Meyers and Denny Mathis. The tracks are solid and were mixed by engineer Richard Mullen, (known for his work with Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan) bringing out his distinctive playing style and driving guitar.
And now this new batch of raw, solid sounds on"PEACE & DISTORTION", affirms Jimmy Spacek as one of the elite guitarist's emerging from the Lone Star State.