LIVE: Jittery Jack @ the Ale House, 4/3/16
Review and photographs by Ed Conway
Boston rockabilly stars Jittery Jack paid a visit to the Ale House for the last stop on their tour, which covered more than five weeks and both coasts. After so many weeks on the road, it must have been tough to be within reach of home, but they didn’t let that stop them from putting on a great show.
Sadly, there weren’t a lot of people at the show, maybe because it was so cold outside after a winter made an unscheduled return to Greater Nippertown (OK, made its first appearance?). As cold as it may have been outside, the music was hot, as front man Kevin Patey tore into one song after another.
Keeping things on fire was the ever-present Miss Amy Griffin providing hot licks on her new Matsos guitar, as well as, back-up harmonies. Kevin and Amy have been together for 20 years going back to their old band the Raging Teens, who will be playing a 20th anniversary reunion show this fall at the New England Shake-Up, and it definitely shows. Yeah, their timing is impeccable. For this tour, however, Jittery Jack was joined by Brooklynite Bobby Moller on drums with Britain’s own Danny Baker on upright bass. Being on tour together playing almost every night, one would expect an extremely tight sound and that’s exactly what the audience got.
Being so close to home, one can forgive them for beginning the show with “Boston, Baby.” Throughout the evening, they played liberally off their album Gonna Have a Time With Jittery Jack, including the title song “Gonna Have a Time,” “Peek-a-Boo” and “Dance Adrianne Dance.” The highlight though came toward the end of the evening as they lit into my favorite off that album, “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” Check it out the video if you have a chance.
The crowd may have been small, but they certainly were enthusiastic. The band had people up and dancing in the aisles for almost their entire show. Even if they may have felt tired and homesick after so long on the road, energy was the name of the game.
If you missed this show, you’ll have another opportunity, as they’re making a return to Greater Nippertown on Friday, May 13, playing a show at the Low Beat in Albany.