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Last Featured on this show Febuary 1, 2016

Grimm Jack

New York’s Grimm Jack has been considered one of America’s best underdog rock and roll bands. A hard-driving but melodic act, the band has often been compared to Aerosmith and Guns ‘N’ Roses, with a bit of southern bluesy flavor thrown in. With a loyal fanbase through touring and radio-friendly songs, the music can be heard on FM and Internet radio, from New York to California.
The Grimm Jack story began in 1985 with guitarist Jimmie Mack and drummer Dave Leeds, two Long Island rockers who joined forces to create a contemporary rock band with an edge. Original members included vocalist Robin DesForges, guitarist Rich Daly, and bassist Sean O’Neill. The group released their first single, Janet, on the independent label CYN CITY RECORDS in 1986. The following year brought the release of a five-song EP entitled GO FOR YOUR GUNS, which gained some minor airplay on radio outside the New York metro area.
By 1988, Grimm Jack shifted into full throttle; original vocalist DesForges was replaced by singer Billy Kohout, bassist Scott Bittner was on board, and the group started gaining national recognition with the release of their next EP, PARTNERS IN CRIME. This recording featured the songs One Track Mind and Shy Boy, both which gained a steady amount of airplay on various rock radio stations, especially in the south and mid-Atlantic regions. Legendary music publications such as CIRCUS and HIT PARADER gave Grimm Jack’s PARTNERS IN CRIME very positive reviews during 1988, and the group was also featured prominently in numerous regional and local magazines nationwide.
In early 1989, Daly and Bittner chose to part company with Grimm Jack and guitarist Tom Lestat and bassist Paul Vassa were brought into the band. With this lineup in place, Grimm Jack forged ahead to create a respectable reputation based on energetic live performances and high caliber songs that fans still remember today.
The year 1990 marked the release of JAILHOUSE TATTOO, which is still Grimm Jack’s most successful recording to date. The songs Maybelline and Lookin’ For Heaven earned the quintet more radio airplay and became instant fan favorites. The tour supporting the release of JAILHOUSE TATTOO found the band performing in small towns and large cities alike, cementing their reputation as a first-rate live act.
In 1991 Grimm Jack was chosen by EAST COAST ROCKER magazine as the best eastern US band not signed to a major record label. This action not only created more positive reviews and excellent press for the group but also put them in front of other contenders vying for a major deal. Rather than stand on music already released, Grimm Jack began recording new material to ensure their quest for success as a rock and roll band. After signing a management deal and being within inches of finally grasping an elusive major label contract, the American music scene was thrown into a loop with the introduction of the grunge and alternative sounds. Record companies and radio alike lost interest in bands playing straight-ahead rock and roll, and Grimm Jack’s hard work resulted in memories and a large collection of unreleased songs. The band continued on as a staple on the New York area music scene until the mid-1990’s, never actually calling it quits, but just putting the Grimm Jack name aside.
In 2010, Grimm Jack co-founder Jimmie Mack began working with singer Billy Kohout with the idea of releasing material recorded several years earlier that was never made public. It wasn’t long before Mack and Kohout realized that Grimm Jack wasn’t just about the music, but about the musicians themselves and most importantly, the fans who have kept their music alive. Drummer Dave Leeds and guitarist Tom Lestat are back, with the addition of bassist GG Zen-Garten.
Currently, Grimm Jack has been connecting with fans new and old and receiving favorable reviews by critics.Unreleased songs have been made available along with their newest release “Thick as Thieves”. Check out the videos, listen to the music and catch them on the road.
As the philosopher Bon Scott once said, “There’s gonna be some Rockin”.

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(PST) Artist Name
9:00 Lynn Callihan ALBUM: The Road
9:26 Grimm Jack Rotten to the Core
9:30 Gypsy Piano Blues A Man IKf Many Faces
9:33 John Cubbin Before you know
9:37 John Cubbin Cast me out
9:40 Phillip Foxley I Don't Fit In! (Rock Version)
9:43 Randall Lee 6.7.8.
9:48 Spike Hopeful Soul
9:54 BAMIL Hipnoteyes
9:59 Bold Kelly Misspelled Formula
10:04 Jamie Slate Take It Now
10:07 Jupiter In Velvet The World Didn't Start With U
10:11 Linda Debella Jupiter Moon
10:15 LOST GENERATION Klaus (Reloaded)
10:19 mojomakerz Blue Stars
10:23 The Pieces of Mind Hoochie Coochie Man
10:26 The Pieces of Mind Neighbour Neighbour
10:30 Silent Stranger Make Way For The Ladies
10:35 Sista Jean and CB Midnight Special 
10:40 Susan Sheller Chains Where Wings Used TO Be
10:44 T Dawn Crash Down
10:50 Trendlaser Some Say Love Is
10:54 Under The Tongue Dreams Are Like
10:57 Wicked Saints River of Fire
11:00 Matt Steady Easy on me (bonus track)
11:02 Daggerplay Perfect Escape
11:05 The Boulton Brothers Band Hornets Nest Blues
11:09 John Ludi The King of Silence
11:13 Morgan s Road Love Song
11:16 The Saw All Hung Up
11:20 AirCrash Detectives Daddy I Want A Pony
11:25 Bad Seasons To break away
11:29 Swamp Music Players Return of the One Percenter
11:34 Burning Astronomers For All The Restless Gentle Souls
11:36 Deborah Magone It's All About Money
11:40 Derek King I May
11:44 Gentlemen of rock and roll Standing like a fool
11:47 Icicle My Complacency
11:51 Jan Henrik Vuyk You Can
11:55 Oslo Iversen Dixon James
11:58 Remedy For All WIngs
12:03 Ricky Gray Good Friend in Carolina
12:06 Rocker From the Other Side of the Sky
12:34 The Saw Roseanne
12:39 Dan Chapman Mystery
12:45 Dawn Gazers It's always been you
12:48 Dinsdale Run
12:52 Elephant Memoirs Mug
12:57 Frank Palangi It's All Right
1:01 Gail Everett The Glory
1:05 Paul Christopher Touch of an Angel
1:09 Hell s Belles Looks Like Love
1:14 Jan Henrik Vuyk Circle of Life
1:18 J-Nor Count Me Out
1:24 Jupiter In Velvet Turning Electric
1:28 Les Paul s (The Paul s) Tin Soldiers
1:32 Lindstrom and the Limit Drive
1:36 Paul Christopher Will The Comet Collide
1:39 The Lovebuzzards Slaughterhouse
1:43 Mario Tomic Endless Longing
1:47 Dan McCarthy You Don't Know What I'm Thinking
1:50 Paul Christopher What s The Use Of Trying
1:53 Mike Grosshandler Status Quo