The Jacknife Beat is not your “growing old in a bar” blues band. Rather, they’re a living, fire-breathing, blues-stained rock and roll band with a take-no-prisoners’ punk aesthetic.
Hailing from the back woods of New Hampshire, this veteran trio is led by guitarist Joe Mazzari with bassist Bill Doherty and drummer Carl Howard – everybody sings. “The Jacknife Beat” is the name of a song by one of Joe’s favorite guitar players, Rory Gallagher. The band is currently out on the road in support of their new CD, “Radio.” The group concludes its tour of NY at the Judge’s Inn (Facebook) in Troy on Saturday night, as part of the Judge’s Inn’s official grand opening weekend celebration.
Frontman Mazzari is equally at home on a six-string as he is on his bike. If all you knew about Joe is that he fronts a skilled, rocking trio that on any given show will be the best act on the bill, it would be impressive enough. But Joe’s got history that puts him in the mix of club-rock royalty.
Joe’s indie band, Two Saints, made a mighty rumble in Boston, New York City and the UK in the very late ’80s and early ’90s with their snotty brand of bratty rock. The band’s ’89 release, “In Nomine Solis” on Beautiful Sounds (US) and Shakin’ Street Records (UK) is a cuts-deep college/club rock classic.
And it was Mazzari’s earlier punk trio, the Daughters, that went from opening act to backing band for Johnny Thunders of the NY Dolls. The highlight of this collaboration is documented on Thunders’ ’82 live album “In Cold Blood” on New Rose/RCA Records.
Story by Matt Mac Haffie
WHO: The Jacknife Beat, Mime Choir, the Mysteios
WHERE: The Judge’s Inn, 254 Broadway, Troy
WHEN: 10pm Saturday, July 31
HOW MUCH: FREE