A blast from the past, the self-titled debut Jackdawg recording from the members of Southern Pacific was originally cut in 1990. Sitting in a vault, the material was discovered after the passing of drummer and ex-Doobie Brothers member Keith Knudsen.
Knudsen, along with fellow Doobie alumnus and lead vocalist/guitarist John McFee and former Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook had just enjoyed a successful tour with Southern Pacific when the trio laid down the tracks for Jackdawg. The result is a time capsule hybrid of rock, rhythm and blues, and even a little studio dancehall polish thrown in for good measure. They cover Roky Erickson’s "Cold Night For Alligators" and Van Morrison’s "Wild Night" as pumped up post ‘80s radio fare. Better still is the opening strut of "Bayou Rebel" combined with the revelatory blues of "When the Sun Don’t Shine."
Produced by McFee and Jackdawg, the 1990 gem, Jackdawg, has been unearthed for future generations to flip to on a warm summer’s evening.
Jackdawg is out now on Sonic Past Music.