After Jack
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After Jack


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"After Jack: Nothing Can Compare"

See link. - Ferrum College Iron Blade

"After Jack Performs for Women's Leadership Conference"

See link - Ferrum College Iron Blade

"After Jack"

After Jack is an interesting band to say the least. Three young women -- all talented actresses, musicians and vocalists who play a twangy, bluegrass or "roots" oriented sound that ranges from Lady Gaga to their own song, Bless Your Heart.

They play multiple instruments and harmonize beautifully.

All three live in the same old farmhouse out in the country. What a hoot it was to record our segment as they practiced on their front porch.

Rachel Blankenship
In the previous segment I asked local rockers Madrone how hard they were willing to work to make it. The four young men said they would work as hard as they could, but have no delusions about being the next Metallica.

I had hoped they would say they wouldn't quit till they had a wall full of gold records, but that wasn't their answer.

Ditto for After Jack.

"We work for the privilege to continue working," said Emily Rose Tucker.

"We work for the privilege to continue working."

In other words we hope to be good enough to get another gig. And then another. And another.

Like Madrone, the members of After Jack want to build a following, get better every performance and see "where it takes us."

You have to admire that. Last night (May 14) I had the honor of speaking to Roanoke's B'nai B'rith award winners -- essentially the true who's who among Roanoke Valley High School seniors.

I shared with them the thought that they needed to figure out what they loved and where they excelled and to pursue that. I asked them, "How many people who work in cubicles, 'work for the privilege to continue working?'"

Look, we all have to work for a living, and few people with responsibilities can pack up and hit the road chasing a dream. But if you have the talent and the passion. If you know that's who you are, why not?

Emily Rose Tucker, Rachel Blankenship and Mary Allison, whom I've seen perform in the Jack Tale Players and in musical productions at Ferrum College seem to me to have the presence and talent to entertain the masses. They have only been After Jack for nine months.

After a lifetime of performing each said they felt a certain success with this band they had not felt before.

I hope one day we see them on the Grand Ole Opry or hear them on the radio or interview them when they make a gold record.

But for now, they are just hoping to be good enough to "keep on working." - Fox 21/27


EP - After Jack - self released 2011

Tracks (available streaming on reverbnation, facebook and website):
Cornbread and Butterbeans
Hard Times
Peacock Rag
I Never Will Marry
Bless Your Heart



After Jack may be a "new band with an old soul," but they have already achieved a great deal since their debut in fall 2011. Mary Allison, Rachel Blankenship and Emily Rose Tucker met while working as professional actor/musicians. Inspired by bluegrass, rock, gospel, blues, folk, country and everything in between, this Virginia based lady trio joined forces to create a sound driven by tight harmonies, eclectic musicianship and a certain je ne sais quoi, leading to a fusion of genres that provides a fresh take on the multifaceted music of the mountains. After Jack already has a loyal local following and they have quickly been expanding their audience both regionally and nationally. They claimed first prize in the Hayloft Gang National Video Contest in November 2011. They also recently beat out a host of other songwriters to claim the champion title in the 2011 Songwriter's Competition at Rapunzel's Coffee and Books in Lovingston, VA.