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Rauma Blues is one of the oldest and largest blues festivals in Finland. Taking place this year on July 12th and 13th, the main stage is the Kukko Arena in Rauma, with other concerts taking place in Café Sali, Buena Vista and Bar Hovi. The main concert will feature Jack Hadley & St Louis Blues All Stars, the Heritage Blues Orchestra, Watermelon Slim & The Workers, all from the US, as well as Vidar Busk of Norway, and Finland’s own Dumari ja Spuget. Performers in the clubs include Jasmine Kara (SWE), Flamtastics, Northern Governors, and Micke & Lefty featuring Chef.

- Finland’s Summer Music Festivals | Jazz & Blues

May 31, 2013 “Discovering Finland”


"...I found a vacant booth with a good view of the stage area, ordered a Guinness from a friendly waitress, and settled in to wait for the music to start. Jack, drummer Mike Ray, and bassist John Grigsby set up quickly and went right into the first tune - a rhythmically innovative take on “Every Day I Have the Blues.” Jack was playing a bright blue Telecaster through a vintage Blues Deluxe amp. The tone was classic Tele with its trademark sting in the upper ranges. Jack did all the singing. He’s a tenor with a silky smooth delivery that’s reminiscent of Smokey Robinson seasoned with vibrato similar to Robert Cray’s. He uses his thumb and fingers to pick the guitar strings with graceful dexterity. His solo started with growling low string rumbles, moved up to quick silvery chord clusters in the mid-range and ended with brilliant sustained single tones up high on the fret board. The bass and drums were solid underneath and the trio reunited post solo to take the song out with easy teamwork..."                                                                                                                                                                       - Austin Andres, March 2011

“...And Jack, formerly with Otis Taylor, is one of those rare guitarists who play just enough to make the song better – haunting Delta drones, snappy, popping chords and tasty licks...”
– Andy Shaughnessy, The Atlanta Blues Society, Summer 2008

“And now it’s here, Jack’s new, surprisingly original album, that steers clear from the 12-bar-stuff; Jack’s guitar sounds refreshing and renewing, and every second is captivating to listen to. Also the vocals sound out of the ordinary. Listen for example to “Behind my Scar” where Jack plays only with his voice, guitar and handclaps. In this song he produces a subtle Hendrix guitar sound which offers a beautiful song with minimal means. The next song “The Great Equalizer” is a jazzy funky thang and also a pleasure for the ear. “You and me” starts with a nice funky guitar riff that slowly changes into a hypnotizing African ‘juju’ rhythm, and while Steve McQuarry’s Hammond B3 lays a beautiful foundation, Jack brings the song to great heights with his quasi improvising guitar lead. You would nearly forget that the theme of the song is not so pretty, being the war in Sudan. Jack’s voice is as flexible as his delightful guitar playing, which is reiterated in the closing song “Tell Me”, again a beautiful mix of funk, blues and some world rhythms. On many fronts the year 2009 may present itself as a lesser year, but after we listened to this album, it looks like the musical front will be more than fine."  
- Roots Time, March 2009 review of "Deeper" by Jack Hadley

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