hans rotenberry

Hans Rotenberry was rock 'n roll when rock 'n' roll wasn't retro.

Though British Invasion and classic rock influences are apparent in his music, Rotenberry's inspired songwriting, unaffected voice, and sparkling wit shine through to create a style that is uniquely his own.

Rotenberry has managed to release five albums of timeless and consistently great material with his band without the aid of a major label or substantial commercial airplay, and is considered to have started Nashville’s power pop scene when he debuted The Shazam in 1995.

In 2010, Hans and his long-time friend, 4-time Shazam producer Brad Jones released "Mountain Jack," a 10-song collaboration.

Hans and Brad Help Kick Off
Americana Live at the Bluebird Series

Here's a review (From sun209:The Americana Music Journal) of the festivities that kicked off Americana Music Association's Live at the Bluebird series, 2011

The 2011 American Music Association series at the Bluebird kicked off Thursday with sets by the duo of Brad Jones and Hans Rotenberry and Webb Wilder. Jones and Rotenberry’s “Mountain Jack” CD is an eminently entertaining blend of melodic pop and Americana. They played much of the album, plus one song from Rotenberry’s band “The Shazam.” The acoustic renditions were terrific, echoing early McGuinness Flint.
Webb Wilder followed with a typically spirited set (“Human Cannonball” and “She’s Not Romantic” were among the highlights) and then invited the openers back up to share in covers of the Move, Everly Brothers and John Fogerty.


March 17: Webb Wilder with Brad Jones and Hans Rotenberry

March 22: Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer

March 24: Jerry Douglas

March 4, 2011. Nashville, TN: The Americana Music Association will present the third annual “Live at The Bluebird Cafe” concert series celebrating some of the genre’s best-loved and most influential performers. The multi -show series will feature artists who help define Americana music in the uniquely intimate setting of the world-famous Bluebird CafĂ©. All proceeds will benefit the Americana Music Association.

This year’s series will take place over an eight day stretch kicking off with Webb Wilder along with Brad Jones and Hans Rotenberry on Thursday, March 17 at 9pm. On Tuesday March 22nd, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer will trade songs and stories and on Thursday March 24th, dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas will close out the series.

“I love 'Americana at the Bluebird'” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the not for profit organization. “The level of artistry is unsurpassed and offers yet another opportunity for music lovers to experience Americana at its finest.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Americana Music Association again to host some of the genre’s legendary artists and performers,” said Erika Wollam Nichols, General Manager of the venue. “The intimacy of the Bluebird allows the audience to connect to the music in a traditional fashion, just as if the performers were playing on your front porch – up close and personal!”

Tickets may be purchased at the online store at www.bluebirdcafe.com ONE WEEK before show date.

March 10th at 8am for the March 17th Wilder/Jones/Rotenberry performance.

March 15th at 8am for the March 22nd Lynne/Moorer performance

March 17th at 8am for the March 24th Douglas performance

Showtime for all performances will be 9pm. Doors will open each night at 8:30pm. For more information, please visit www.americanamusic.org or www.bluebirdcafe.com.

About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional non-profit trade organization whose mission is to promote awareness, provide a forum, and advocate for the creative and economic vitality of the Americana music genre. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference which will take place October 12-15, 2011 in Nashville, TN. Americana Music Festival and Conference Registrations are now available through the store at www.americanamusic.org

Even More Mountain Jack Reviews & Year End Poll Positions

From Goldmine, check out John M. Borack's Top 20 CDs of 2010... and for those of you who don't click through:

6. Hans Rotenberry & Brad Jones – Mountain Jack
A great release from Rotenberry (leader of power pop icons The Shazam) and ace producer/wayward pop guy Brad Jones (remember his 1995 semi-legendary disc Gilt Flake?). Sounds like some bizarrely melodic amalgamation of the Faces, the Beatles and alt-country/folk.

Read more: Hans Rotenberry | Goldmine Magazine more

Mountain Jack Reviews and Year End Poll Positions

Mountain Jack shares the #23 Position on Pop Underground's Audities Best of 2010 List together with Paul Weller, Apples in Stereo and Janelle Monae!

The Iconic Midwesterner reviewed Mountain Jack in the blog, The Pure Pop Pub and we are proud to reproduce it here.

But please be sure to visit The Pure Pop Pub where they've got a Live 365 station streaming, well... pure pop.

Thursday, January 13, 2011
Review: Hans Rotenberry & Brad Jones - Mountain Jack

All I can say is, you have to be kidding me.

Given the track record of Rotenberry and Jones individually, I was prepared for a pretty good album when I heard about this duo effort. What I got was an album of damn near perfection.

Mountain Jack sonically has more in common with Jones' 90's release Gilt Flake than it does with most of the output of The Shazam. Given this roots tinged collection of pop songs that approach is just right. Indeed, the songs on which Jones sings lead vocals sound of a piece with that earlier record. "A Likely Lad" with its wonderful "Momma can you spare a dime?" tagline is a worthy successor to the best of Jones' work, such as "Miss July" or "Ophelia Floats Away."

The Rotenberry lead material is just as good. "Froggy Mountain Shakedown" and "Back to Bristol" are maddeningly catchy numbers which distill good ol' fashioned country through Muswell Hillbillies era Kinks. There simply is nothing wrong with that.

In fact, the whole album works in every way imaginable except one. At 10 tracks long it simply is too short, though it is so good you won't mind listening to it twice in a row.

Simply a new classic.

Grade: A (At least)

Note: This album is available as a download from the usual suspects, but if you want a copy of the physical CD (like I did) you'll need to order it from 50 Ft Records directly.

So Long Sweet Bitch...

As 2010 draws to a close, enjoy a bittersweet farewell song, a long-time favorite of Shazam fans: Sweet Bitch featured today on Music Fog

Mountain Jack in Europe

Mountain Jack can be heard on Spanish radio, bought in a Madrid record shop and soon will be heard on the air in France!

Here's the latest review from Spain:
Necesito Un Rock And Roll

If you live in Madrid, you can pick up Mountain Jack at the record shop ROCK AND ROLL CIRCUS, and you can hear Mountain Jack on the radio program Hotel Arizona (and you can listen online).

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