He steals the attention with his rock star garb, reflective shades, and rugged bandanas. Outside of his musical talent, Josh Jaccard has crafted his own style and genre of a new kind of classic.
“I’m a music snob, and I make no apologies about it,” said Jaccard matter of factly. “Because it is my art form and I feel like a true artist in the sense that I don’t write a lot of music but the way I perform music — in a way I’m like a chef. I don’t grow all of the ingredients, but I put them together better than most people.”
Jaccard serves a four-course meal of rhythm and blues, classic rock, and outlaw country. With his raspy voice, he claims, “I’m not a traditional cover artist.”
He gives music that has died, life again. He strums classical tunes from the Sun Records era and adds his soulful flavor.
Jaccard is a one-man band, as he performs wearing instruments head to toe. With a guitar strapped around his shoulder, he manipulates a harmonica wired around his neck, tapping along with percussion instruments bound to his boots.
“I think I burn about a thousand calories a gig,” he joked.
Even though he’s a cover artist, Jaccard refuses to play any top-40 songs. OK, yes, he has a few crowd pleasers up his sleeve but gives most of the credit to bygone melodies people don’t hear anymore. He will take his audience all the way back to the 50s, but it’s hard to notice with the edge he conveys.
“I feel music is a creative artistic expression of a person and I have little respect for people who write a song just to get a hit out of it. I’d rather be unsuccessful in music, not having to write songs for mainstream-pop audiences than be doing that and selling out,” he expressed.
Jaccard has made a name for himself, too. He’s played in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex for over a decade and has established a following. He regularly books venues in Deep Ellum and Ellis County. But admits his fans in the hometown area are his favorite to play for.
When mentioning his favorite venue, he goes back to what started out as a small gig at Sugar Ridge Winery in Bistrol, which turned into friendships and the ideal spot for him to perform. He prefers the outdoors and feels that the scenery gives him a sense of the hill country vibe.
Referencing Sugar Ridge Winery, he said, “I feel like it’s my back porch and I can play whatever I want. At this place, it never feels like a job.”
But when he’s not in town, people can listen in at St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin at least three Fridays a month.
“My thing about the stage is that I love entertaining people and them having a good time. It’s almost like sharing things and turning people on to new things,” he added, “It’s never been about the applause, getting chicks or booze. It’s really about people enjoying good music.”
A line of musicians run in his family and has been inspired by them. He recalled his grandfather buying him a cheap acoustic guitar from a garage sale. Jaccard was only four years old at the time.
With his fingers rested on his chin, Jaccard returned to the first time he had the cords down. “I think I played on my first front porch in front of people, probably singing a Clint Black song — so about six years old. But I’ve been entertaining since I was born. It’s the Irish in me.”
Surprisingly, he admitted to being a shy person, feeling uneasy or unsure when in larger crowds — even though, he tends to eventually find himself in the middle of it all or at the for front performing.
To Jaccard, music is everything. As a musician, he’s learned to appreciate other musicians and takes the time to understand their work.
“I love to go and hear people do their thing — if it’s different,” he emphasized.
Even though he’s created a living performing, he works as a substitute teacher on the weekdays. The 33-year-old is unsure about what the next decade holds for him, but he hopes not to settle down, but instead grow more profound in his fresh take on this new era of classic rock and blues.
“I would just like to make a living in the state of Texas touring wineries, college towns doing a one-man band or duos and just live and go on vacations on the river,” Jaccard envisioned.
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