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"Review: Shallow Hearts - Shallow Graves"

...there’s something extra raw and swampy in what they do, and I’m more inclined to place them alongside other artists on the Fat Possum roster, artists like R.L. Burnside and the decidedly unpolished Paul ‘Wine’ Jones. - Leicester Bangs


"Born in Less Than 24 Hours"

They were performing on stage and a bunch of gorgeous burlesque dancers kept rotating onto the stage and danced while the band performed. It wasn’t long before my attention was more on the band’s music and not the ladies. - Pacific Northwest Life


"Born in Less Than 24 Hours"

They were performing on stage and a bunch of gorgeous burlesque dancers kept rotating onto the stage and danced while the band performed. It wasn’t long before my attention was more on the band’s music and not the ladies. - Pacific Northwest Life


"10 Bands in Portland Worth Keeping an Ear On"

Talk about being “addicted to the white line”. These boys play a raucous, racing blues-rock that harkins back to the days of tending to the still all night. Hopeless Jack croons and wails as Smilin’ Pete lays down a frantic rhythm that drips of Keith Moon. Keep your eyes open—they could arrive in your town any minute now. - SSG Music


"Scenes From a Scene"

Hopeless Jack Biesel's voice to know it's still as dangerous as a cornered wildcat.

Though on further reflection, the wildcat in question may actually be Biesel's drummer, Smilin' Pete Thomas, whose whirlwind performances are best viewed from a safe distance. - Boise Weekly


"Earnest & Brutal"

These guys duke it out on stage night after night with uproarious blues and, right now, they're hot.

Back home in Portland and fresh from the recording studio, Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil are ready to hit the road again in support of their upcoming EP. - The Source Weekly


"Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil Bring the Blues to Dante’s"

"This hard-bluesin’ duo, which has been percolating in Portland for a little over a year now, consists of Hopeless Jack Beisel singing and strumming while Smilin’ Pete Thomas hammers out the beat. The boys play some kind of high-speed, All-American, howling roots, my-dog-died-but-who-cares-if-I’ve-got-whiskey rock and roll. They bang it out with all of the frenzy of the Stooges combined with a shock-and-awe strut gleaned from the early-era bluesmen. The live performance is a key aspect of the band’s sound. While their just-released debut Shallow Hearts-Shallow Graves gives a solid indication of the guys’ down-and-dirty feel, the sexed-up chaos of their stage show is a thing not to be missed." -Nick Hilden/SSG Music - SSG Music


"Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil Bring the Blues to Dante’s"

"This hard-bluesin’ duo, which has been percolating in Portland for a little over a year now, consists of Hopeless Jack Beisel singing and strumming while Smilin’ Pete Thomas hammers out the beat. The boys play some kind of high-speed, All-American, howling roots, my-dog-died-but-who-cares-if-I’ve-got-whiskey rock and roll. They bang it out with all of the frenzy of the Stooges combined with a shock-and-awe strut gleaned from the early-era bluesmen. The live performance is a key aspect of the band’s sound. While their just-released debut Shallow Hearts-Shallow Graves gives a solid indication of the guys’ down-and-dirty feel, the sexed-up chaos of their stage show is a thing not to be missed." -Nick Hilden/SSG Music - SSG Music


"Best of 2011: 10 Bands In Portland Worth Keeping An Ear On"

"Call these guys the ever-touring duo. Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil spent all summer on the road, zig-zagging across the country with their whiskey-infused, howlin’ at the moon blues. When the tour was finished they only spent two weeks recuperating in Portland before taking off again. Talk about being “addicted to the white line”. These boys play a raucous, racing blues-rock that harkins back to the days of tending to the still all night. Hopeless Jack croons and wails as Smilin’ Pete lays down a frantic rhythm that drips of Keith Moon. Keep your eyes openthey could arrive in your town any minute now." -Nick Hilden/SSG Music - SSG Music


"Wellspring & Honor, Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil and Parade of Bad Guys @ Grainey's Basement (5/3/12)"

"Next up were Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil, whose tossed-off instrumental jams packed more concentrated wallop than Wellspring and Honor's entire set did. And they played those during their soundcheck. When they really got underway, things got even wilder.
These guys combined the brute force of Led Zeppelin with the heedless, careening velocity of Hound Dog Taylor (the blues' answer to the Ramones). Hopeless Jack's soulful, tough-as-nails baritone growl would have given Mike Ness larynx envy, and he matched it with his loud, dirty, heavy slide guitar (which he played so hard that, as he said when he stopped to retune it, he "knocked it down six keys"). Smilin' Pete backed his partner up with joyously rough backup vocals and fierce machine-gun drumming. Like a good Walter Hill movie, they took the raw meat of the macho hoochie-coochie-man archetype, stuck its tounge firmly in its cheek, slapped it on the grill and cranked the heat all the way up. It was heartening to see that this night's audience was much more receptive to their 120-proof take on the blues." -Benjamin Shultz/Here Comes the Dumptruck - Here Comes the Dumptruck


"Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil Work It: The sins aren’t deadly, but they sure are fun"

"There are too many reasons why you should like this band. To start, this Portland duo’s name sounds like the translated title of a 19th century Russian novel. Second, they dress like punk rock Dandies, dapper, pierced and tattooed. Third, their sound is straight out of a Southern brothel where Muddy Waters could have met and divorced his first wife. And most importantly, just one lick of their dirty roots and roll about women, boozing, the open road, and selling your soul Robert Johnson style, will have you dancing with the devil himself... The music is a gritty, reverb filled, aggressive interpretation of blues. Hopeless Jack combines the power of Hendrix with the soul of Nina Simone and the simplicity of the White Stripes all in the style of Junior Kimbrough.
Hopeless Jack Beisel and Smilin’ Pete Thomas have been playing music together since their first meeting in a bar in 2010. Smilin’ Pete provides the backbone to Jack’s gravely tenor and slide guitar with punchy, Ramones style drumming. They call Portland home, but are more nomadic than anything, touring the country relentlessly, and are planning a European tour later this year... The guys are working hard, pushing toward their goals but have found that rock and roll takes more than just talent and drive, it’s is a waiting game... That tension of waiting is a part of what makes their music work. The songs are authentic representations of their lifestyles, sitting somewhere between fast and slow, new and old, waiting and action. That honesty comes through when first note twangs from the PA or the initial snare hit slaps you upside the head... Hopeless Jack’s performances lend a feeling that at any moment the duo could disappear in a whirlwind of flames, laughing like the Lucifer. Their sound is thick, something you have to dig into, like the grit at the bottom of a strong pot of coffee or that last puff of an unfiltered cigarette. The classic blues style and clean simplicity of their song structures only add to the music’s charm." -Brianna Brey/The Source Weekly - The Source Weekly


"Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil Work It: The sins aren’t deadly, but they sure are fun"

"There are too many reasons why you should like this band. To start, this Portland duo’s name sounds like the translated title of a 19th century Russian novel. Second, they dress like punk rock Dandies, dapper, pierced and tattooed. Third, their sound is straight out of a Southern brothel where Muddy Waters could have met and divorced his first wife. And most importantly, just one lick of their dirty roots and roll about women, boozing, the open road, and selling your soul Robert Johnson style, will have you dancing with the devil himself... The music is a gritty, reverb filled, aggressive interpretation of blues. Hopeless Jack combines the power of Hendrix with the soul of Nina Simone and the simplicity of the White Stripes all in the style of Junior Kimbrough.
Hopeless Jack Beisel and Smilin’ Pete Thomas have been playing music together since their first meeting in a bar in 2010. Smilin’ Pete provides the backbone to Jack’s gravely tenor and slide guitar with punchy, Ramones style drumming. They call Portland home, but are more nomadic than anything, touring the country relentlessly, and are planning a European tour later this year... The guys are working hard, pushing toward their goals but have found that rock and roll takes more than just talent and drive, it’s is a waiting game... That tension of waiting is a part of what makes their music work. The songs are authentic representations of their lifestyles, sitting somewhere between fast and slow, new and old, waiting and action. That honesty comes through when first note twangs from the PA or the initial snare hit slaps you upside the head... Hopeless Jack’s performances lend a feeling that at any moment the duo could disappear in a whirlwind of flames, laughing like the Lucifer. Their sound is thick, something you have to dig into, like the grit at the bottom of a strong pot of coffee or that last puff of an unfiltered cigarette. The classic blues style and clean simplicity of their song structures only add to the music’s charm." -Brianna Brey/The Source Weekly - The Source Weekly


"Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil"

"Since Seasick Steve & The White Stripes opened the way for oneman-band and 2 man army's, who acts suddenly hotter and state has become.
Set the date and name directly in bold letters on your calendar because Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devil will for the first time to cross the Great Lake in the BeNeLux their debut album, "Shallow Graves Shallow Hearts" to promote. This highly explosive duo coming from Portland, Oregon, the spirit of the Old West are still in their genes and that will provide a genuine and rebellious night shaking... Armed with 1 guitar 1 bass drum snare will Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devil with just one microphone can be blown away with their unique sound. Hopeless Jack & The Devil will Hansome Brings the Cunt back in the Country and The Dick back into Dixie. And The Harm back into Harmony." -Cafe Die Twee / Wervershoof HOL - Cafe Die Twee


"'Priestess' after-party with Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devil, Abelina Valley... -rock"

"If you haven't seen Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devil play Bozeman the last couple times around, you definitely missed out. Don't let it happen again. These boys play a raw, energetic style of dirty blues that is sure to convince first-time listeners that they are truly carrying the torch that fellow-PDX bluesmen and now-defunct Hillstomp once carried authoritatively through these parts in years past." -BoZone / Bozeman MT - BoZone


"Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil"

"Portland, Ore., blues duo Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil sounds like capital T-rouble and performs like a boxer fighting his way out of a corner. It's common to see guitarist Jack Beisel leap atop the drum set and howl threats of murder over grungy slide riffs and the furious drumming of Smilin' Pete Thomas.

"I pawned off my Bible, child, to buy some hollow point rounds ... I'm gonna to kill him," Biesel sings on "Hopeless Love."

"The way that I love you, child, you know I'd kill for you," he croons on "38 Special."

Anyone doubting that rock 'n' roll can still be dangerous needs only to hear the whisky-haggard tone of Biesel's voice to know it is still as dangerous as a cornered wildcat." -Josh Gross / Boise Weekly - Boise Weekly


Discography

Don't Waste Your Time No Money Here (2013)
Shallow Hearts - Shallow Graves (2011)

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Bio

Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil is a raucous and raw element of rock & roll, grounded in the roots of soul and blues. Hopeless Jack (lead vocals/slide-guitar) and Smilin’ Pete (drums) form the power duo of the Rose City's strip club; filled, liquor soaked nightlife working-class. They have left the cleaning up after drunks to their respected taverns, and taken to asserting themselves firmly alongside their passion, playing their authentic brand of "Low-Down-Dirty Roots & Roll".

Burning the candle at both ends, these two have taken the road by force. Since the band was formed two years ago, they have covered more than 90,000 miles, played over 400 shows in 28 states, 4 countries and 2 continents. They have been featured on Sons of Anarchy, SSG Music, NW Kustom Kulture Magazine, as well as various music blogs throughout the U.S. and Europe.

They call Portland home, but Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil have no plans on letting up their frantic pace any time soon. They were featured at INK-N-IRON in Long Beach, California where they shared stages with such giants as Iggy & the Stooges, The Dead Kennedy's, and Sublime.

These boys mean business. Thick, gritty, soulful, reverb heavy sound and upbeat danceable catchy hooks are matched with the commanding stage presence and the high energy antics of Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil. They put their heart and soul into every show and the spectacle is a sight you have to see to believe.