New England audiences know what they’re in for at a Jack Babineau show: natural talent and unrestrained energy. And – whether it’s after the first song or when then encore is over- they always say the same thing…” I can’t believe that guy is only 19 years old.”
What the audience doesn’t know from watching Jack’s solo acoustic guitar performances is how he taught himself to play -starting just 4 years ago. It was right around the time he discovered Dave Matthews Band. He and his family watched the DVD of the Central Park concert on a lazy afternoon and, for Jack, something just clicked. Right around the time Dave was telling his capacity crowd “my mind is blown” Jack’s mind was churning with the thought of “I’m going to sit down and learn Grey Street.” Jack now draws inspiration from a growing list of singers, bands and musical genres. In his strong, soulful voice, you can pick up strains of DMB, The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers and Johnny Cash
Jack has performed at a variety of venues including Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Newport Blues Cafe, The Met, Oak Hill Tavern, The Bull Run, The Pelham, The Stadium Theatre and opened for some great acts such as Blues Traveler, Devon Allman's Honeytribe and John Cafferty. He has also performed on several college radio stations. When Jack covers a well-known song, he always finds the right balance between honoring the original and making it his own. And, as that inventory grows and grows, Jack is also hard at work writing original music.
Jack's first album, Generation of Need, was recorded at Satellite Studios in East Greenwich, Rhode Island under the direction of Emerson Torrey. The album was released in January 2010 and a band was formed to play the music live. "Don't Blame Jack" made their debut at The Blackstone in Pawtucket, RI. They burned down the house and the buzz began. Six weeks later they were opening for Blues Traveler at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, RI. More information about the band can be found on the Don't Blame Jack website