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tragic jack

Tragic Jack is a Nebraska based Americana, Rock and Soul project from songwriters Charles Hull and Marty Amsler. Exploring broken relationships, sordid characters, and unfortunate events, Tragic Jack delivers original songs performed with conviction and groove. 

"...a predominantly piano-driven sound that combines characteristics of Amsler’s indie rock and Hull’s blues, with straightforward song structures, bouncy piano and guitar progressions and Hull’s emphatic, Jagger-esque vocals."   Daily Nebraskan

The project was born in the summer of 2013, when Hull and Amsler began writing together on Sunday afternoons at Silver Street Studio in Ashland, Nebraska. The duo were set on brushing off years of musical stagnation and reviving their passion for writing and performance that both had enjoyed in their college years. Amsler, fresh off a one-time reunion show with his former major label band The Millions, was interested in developing new material and getting back on the stage. Hull, owner of Silver Street Records, was keen to advance years of songwriting and production into a live band with a big sound. 

Over the next three years and many Sunday afternoons, Hull and Amsler slowly crafted a catalog of original songs that land in the Americana, Rock and Soul vibe; a result of the blended influences of Rock, Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Indie, and Pop that shape the Tragic Jack sound. 

“...their dynamic range really sets them apart. They’re not a one volume, one type of song/sound type of band.”  Eli Mardock, Owner and Talent Buyer at VEGA

In the summer of 2016, Hull and Amsler rounded out the Tragic Jack live sound with the addition of Justin Lepard on cello,  Lance Lehman on guitar and Justin Jones on drums. The group is now actively performing in the Omaha/Lincoln area, and plan to record a full length album in early 2017.