"There is huge talent in this man that is yet to be fully expressed. With his credentials and his chops, this is a guitar player on the verge of international acclaim."
- Gary 'The Wagman' Wagner,
award-winning DJ at KKJZ 88.1 FM
Nothin' But The Blues
“Guitar Jack is silky smooth and Clapton-esque.”
- Music Connection
GUITAR JACK WARGO/Keepin' it Real: A white boy with the blues and a resume and Outlook list of people and places that would make you jealous. e He turns up the after hours heat, sounding like a world wisened journeyman that lives electric blues through endless blue lights and smoke. Hard core stuff for hard core ears, this is the real deal stuff those with bloodshot eyes have been looking for. Killer stuff.
Damn right, he’s keepin’ it real. The kind of classic blues that first grabbed my attention when I was an underage drinker in Blues Basement Bar in Broughton Street...It’s a strong set with some really good songs which easily sated my blues appetite for today.
In terms of style, you can put him somewhere between the classic blues and soul blues. The songs have a agreeable sound. The band keeps things tight and swinging, the B3 provides a smooth soulful sound. Wargo is a good singer with a soulful voice and an excellent guitarist.
Guitar Jack Wargo has toured with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Billy Preston, and Solomon Burke. He’s recorded with Ray Charles and the Jacksons, and his band, Guitar Jack & No Slack served as the house band for the Los Angeles edition of B.B. King’s Blues Club, so you could say that this cat certainly knows a thing or two about R&B and the blues. Any listeners with doubts should just refer to Wargo’s latest album, Keepin’ It Real, a satisfying set with eleven original songs plus one tasty cover.
Wargo’s brand of blues mixes in healthy doses of R&B, jazz, and pop along the way, but the opening cut, “You Don’t Feel The Same,” is an excellent mid-tempo slice of smooth urban blues with very tasteful guitar work from Wargo. “Power of Love” is a slow burning blues/R&B ballad pleading for unity in the world, while “Keep On Keepin’ On” adds a dose of funk to the blues, and “Inventory Blues” has a 70’s feel with its pop/jazz backdrop, as does the funky blues of “Shipwrecked.” “Nobody But You” is a crisp blues rocker with harmonica from Jimmy Powers.
Keepin’ It Real is a rock-solid set of original blues and R&B from Guitar Jack Wargo, one of the best in the business.