Jack has been performing since the 1970’s when he co-founded the Northeast Union Band with Pete Davis and Sepp Huber. Since then, he has played his music solo and in bands up and down the East Coast. A former finalist at the Telluride Songwriter’s Contest, Jack has spent the last several years honing his playing and writing skills. The result is a new full-length CD, Almost Never There.
In producing the CD, Jack called on old high school friends, Pete Davis and Scott Herzog, and a few new ones too. Jack attributes his current productivity to the writing and reading he did while acquiring his MFA in creative writing from Rosemont College in 2014. “I finally began to see the potential in songs for a kind of flash fiction. It was a bit of an epiphany,” Stanton says.
He cites his more obvious influences: The Beatles and James Taylor, along with less likely ones, like Gary Burton, Steely Dan, and Zero 7. “I listen to the most sophisticated music I can in hopes of a kind of melodic osmosis. The effect is subtle, but I think it helps.”
Jack is excited to be releasing new material. “I’m the definitive late bloomer. It took me the better part of a lifetime to mature into my craft, but it was worth it.” In Almost Never There, Jack often revisits episodes from his youth. “I think I’m able to articulate things now that I couldn’t at that age, so it’s a gift to be able to go back and mine some of those experiences for songs.”
Jack is already working on a follow-up record, which should be a bare bones treatment of his new songs. “I expect the next one to be a Sunday-morning-coffee kind of record – quiet and spacious.”