Members: Günter Voelker-Guitar Joe Salvati-Dobro Josh Rector-Fiddle Kim Taruc-Upright Bass
Jack Hotel contains multitudes. A listen to the band’s sophomore release, Voices from the Moon, reveals a range that encompasses Ry Cooder and Leo Kottke, Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt, Mississippi John Hurt and Etta Baker–but this band is no mere product of its influences. Since their start in 2012, Jack Hotel has proven itself one of the best, and most original, folk/Americana acts in the midwest. A storyteller’s sensibility prevails in their songs. Bandleader Günter Voelker writes with a novelist’s powers of observation and a poet’s ear for language. Instrumentation meets the same standard. Each addition serves the song, advances the story, or drives home the emotion. Jack Hotel has earned respect on both regional and national stages, performing alongside such acts as Darrell Scott, J.D. McPherson, Cactus Blossoms, Frontier Ruckus, and Charlie Parr. In 2014 they opened for Willie Nelson and Neil Young at Nebraska’s Harvest the Hope concert. Following the success of their first record, Good Sons and Daughters (which landed a #3 spot on Hear Nebraska’s Favorite Albums of 2014), Voices from the Moon won an Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards for Album of the Year. The band also won OEAAs for Best Americana/Folk Band two years in a row. They are at work on their third record, A Town Called Hesitation, set for release in 2019.
“The band is amazing, weaving in and out, dancing, flirting with each other, not as you-take-a-break-then-I’ll-take-a-break, but everybody in and out, nobody stepping on anybody’s toes… creating a fine tapestry of fiddle and dobro and guitar that’s like an organic living thing. I don’t know that I’ve heard anything quite like it. I am stunned into some sad and beautiful truth that is so compelling all one can say is ‘Yup, that’s the way it is.’ This is why people make music. Literal language doesn’t get it. What’s it about? Hey, listen.” – John Walker, John Walker and the New Hokum Boys
“[Good Sons and Daughters is] one of the best sounding records Lincoln has ever heard.” – Tree with Roots, KZUM
“This is a Lincoln band?! These men are whizzes with their instruments.” – Annie Bohling, Seeds Entertainment
“Jack Hotel is a joy to watch for its pure precision… What could easily be an unorganized mess is a beautiful orchestration in Jack Hotel’s hands.” – Hear Nebraska