Guy Schwartz

Guy Schwartz


Guy Schwartz & The New Jack Hippies play all types of American music. Nashville's Billy Block called the band 'Texas' premiere blues rock hippie jam band'. Guy also performs with only his acoustic guitar and songwriting partner Roger Tausz. They have written songs together since 1974.


Bluesguy's Birthday Jam
They had come to pay tribute to a Texas legend on his 50th birthday. It was quite a concert! Gloria Edwards, 'the soul queen of Texas', sang one of Guy's songs. Calvin Owens, who was B.B. King 's band leader for 30 years, couldn't wait to blow trumpet on one of Guy's 14 chord blues ballads, and was introduced so spontaneously that the local radio jock couldn't get to the stage in time for a proper introduction. E.P. Vallejo, Kool B, Jimmy Deen.... They were all there - rockers, rappers, bluesmen, folkies and every type of musician, entertainer and songwriter one could imagine. Guy Schwartz had worked with them all, and anyone could tell that he was enjoying the party!
- Guillermo Slazo, Texas Music News

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Guy Schwartz' songs have been recorded by Gloria Edwards, Relayer, The Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra, Z-Rocks, Kinky Friedman, Anthony Moore, Father's Chief, Heath Spencer Philip, Little Joe Washington, Opie Hendrix, Hamilton Loomis, Mandy Smith & The New Jack Hippies.

Schwartz has toured behind his music on two continents. Nashville's Billy Block (Western Beat) called Guy Schwartz & The New Jack Hippies "Texas' premiere blues rock hippie jam band!"
New Times Newspapers said - " the Hippies a well-rehearsed jam band." Guy Schwartz'
bands have performed with David Lindley, U2, Eric Johnson, Muddy Waters, Duran Duran, Huey Lewis & The News, Todd Rundgren, Carolyn Wonderland, ZZTop, Scarface, Neutral Sisters and many more...
Schwartz is the co-host and leader of the house band at Billy Block's Western Beat/Houston

"Guy Schwartz's influence and support of the local
music community in Houston is unsurpassed" - Mark Landrum,
Guy Schwartz has acted as musical director for 'Smokin' Joe's Roadhouse', The Wandering Poets, Gloria Edwards, 'Poetry in Reverse', and ABC Radio. Guy has performed as a former/current sideman for Lightning Hopkins, Milton Hopkins, Gloria Edwards, B.W. Stephenson, Jimmy Reed, Blaze Foley, Roy Head, Sonny James, Little Joe Washington, Trudy Lynn, Fever Tree, and others.

Film Maker
"Schwartz' archival film and video work predates the current rash of do-it-yourselfers by a decade." - Music News. Guy Schwartz and producer Marlo Blue have created several films documenting the music and musicians of southeast Texas, including 'SXDE2003', 'Houston Blues Weekend Celebration, and have produced a series of short films about Texas, USA blues and rock musicians, including Carolyn Wonderland, Gloria Edwards, Little Joe Washington and The New Jack Hippies. Episodes from their 'Hippies.TV' series can be found online at

"Bon vivant guitarist-producer Guy Schwartz has been an integral part of our music scene so long he should be called the Godfather... Schwartz's recent collaborations and productions include the New Jack Hippies Homegrown Collective compilation, blues
albums with Gloria Edwards and Little Joe Washington, and a platter with honky-tonker Opie Hendrix and street poet Kool B." - Houston Press

Guy Schwartz' essays and columns are read by thousands of subscribers to Texas Music News and Guy's vast email newsletter list. Sage & Woodway Publishers will release a compilation of these essays in 2005, as well as a second printing of Guy's 1999 how-to manual, 'Keeping The Band Together'. "His remembrance of Lionel Hampton was selected by Canadian rock critic Jason Gross as one of the 25 best music-related stories of 2002, ranking Schwartz alongside The New York Times's Ben Ratliff and music-writing dilettantes such as Tom Waits and Roger Ebert." - John Nova Lomaz, Houston Press


Guy Schwartz' Studio CDs
Texacousticana (2004)
Rock Onward (2004)
The New Jack Hippies' Homegrown Collective (2002)
The Return of the New Jack Hippies (2000)
Lessons of The Past (1998)
Z-Rocks II (1985)
Z-Rocks (1982)
Relayer II (1979)
Relayer (1977)
Rock Side Rhythm Side (1975)

Bluesguy Schwartz CDs
Blue Motel (2004)
Bluesguy's Birthday Jam (2002)
Blue Jack Hippies (2001)

Guy Schwartz Spoken Word CDs
What Does She Want? (2004)
Guy Schwartz presents:The Wandering Poets (2003)
Kool B, Opie & Bluesguy:
The Sun's Gonna Rise Before I Get To Texas (2002)
Love Letters From Reverend Tom (1944)

Old Brown Eyes Has Left The Building (2001)
The New Jack Hippies present HSP (2000)

More Live Texas Music
SOUTH BY DUE EAST 2003 Compilation (2004)
Little Joe Washington with The New Jack Hippies:
Earthwire Blue (2003)
Glo & Guy: Live in Texas (with Gloria Edwards)(2002)
Singing with the Beast, Vol. 2
(NJH with various artists - 2001)
Singing with the Beast, Vol. 1
(NJH with various artists - 1999)
Jerald Gray - Jammin' (1999)

ROGER TAUSZ' (Guy's primary songwriting partner) solo/collaborative CDs
Thuy Linh & The Dragon (w/ T.L. Cornett - 2002)
Father's Chief (with Anthony Moore - 2000)
Tauszmania (1999)

Set List

Guy Schwartz & and his primary musical sidekick Roger Tausz have recorded over 400 of the 2000 songs they have written together since 1974. Along with their usual mix of blues, rock, funk and country, the band is likely to perform something different and unexpected on any given night.