Formed in 2005 as a collaborative project between roommates, Jack the Radio is the brainchild of seasoned songwriters George Hage and A.C. Hill.
In 2009, taking aim at a groove-heavy, southern-tinged gap in the Raleigh music scene, Hage strapped on his electric guitar, Hill, his weathered acoustic, and they set out to broaden their sound. Adding drummer Brent Francese and multi-instrumentalist Danny Johnson, Jack the Radio released their full-length debut, "Pretty Money" in early 2011.
With tapes full of songs born in practice rooms and bucket seats, the band hit the studio in 2012, anxious to reunite with engineer Al Jacobs and press "record." The results of those sessions became the band's sophomore full length titled "Lowcountry" and the addition of bassist, Chris Sayles.
With two full length records to their name, the band's hard work and drive paid off, landing them club and festival shows in the North and South East, as their music was selected for frequent commercial placements on national and internationally syndicated television and radio.
The band continued to drive forward in creating music, and in early 2013, recorded a crowd funded live album in their home town of Raleigh. The group performed two back-to-back sold out sets at Amplified Art gallery, with a full crew of videographers documenting the evening, navigating among the seats, lights, a sound system, recording rig, and a house packed with local fans. Among the gallery's couches, art, photographs, and hand screen-printed concert posters, they documented a selection of new songs as well as some fan favorites in a stripped-down acoustic format, accompanied by a three piece string section of local musicians. The end product of that night was a full length entitled "Devil In Here" and a companion DVD, "Jack the Radio: Live At Amplified Art.
2014 was a big year writing, recording and playing regionally. Most notably the band were the 2014 winners of Band Together's annual Last Band Standing event as well as opened for hall of fame artists like George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Hall & Oates on some of the largest stages in the state. The band is currently finishing up their first studio album in over 3 years and plan to release, Badlands, fall 2015.