Handsome Jack Takes On a '60s Soul Classic

Handsome Jack
Gannon Teach

Handsome Jack

Why did Handsome Jack record a version of Wilson Pickett's 1965 iconic "In the Midnight Hour" (premiering exclusively below)? Pretty much for the hell of it.

Jamison Passuite, singer and guitarist for the rock trio from Lockport, N.Y., tells Billboard he and his bandmates have long been a fan of the soul classic and have even covered in shows, albeit in a fashion "more faithful" to the original. Handsome Jack was between albums (it's released two so far) and "wanted to just put something out there -- maybe a cover to keep people's interest piqued before the next record comes out. So we took that song and made a little more of a rock n' roll version. It was all last minute, but it worked out."

Handsome Jack is currently eyeballing late March to start recording its third album, though Passuite notes that "we're still writing songs and stuff and getting a bunch of (material) together. We don't necessarily plan it out; We get a whole bunch of tunes together and pick the best ones and see how it turns out." The goal, meanwhile, is to keep the group’s trajectory moving upward, including expanding its live reach to western parts of the U.S. and making more inroads, where the trio started playing after the release of its sophomore album, Everything's Gonna Be Alright, and plans to return in April.

"With the last record we were able to thankfully reach a bigger audience than we ever had before," Passuite says. "We're just trying to keep the ball rolling and keep on trying to do what we love and reach a wider audience all the time. We don't have plans of stopping any time soon."

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