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Jack first sat down at the piano at the age of 9 in his hometown of Billings, MT. The piano was purchased for his only sibling, Julie, who showed little interest in playing. Self-taught in the beginning, he went on to take conventional lessons (which he quickly grew bored with), eventually ending with a great teacher who helped him learn the songs of the day. A used Harmony arch top guitar helped start the next music phase at 11 years old. In the summer of 1963, Jack and three of his friends started their first band, The Grenadiers, in which he played keyboard, guitar and sang vocals. The songs were of surf and sand and cars and girls. That winter a new sound emerged from across the Atlantic; The Beatles and the rest of the British Invasion! Jack’s music world turned upside down. Playing in several more bands, including St. John’s Wood and Terry and the Termites, he relished the songs of the Invasion in Elks Clubs, dance halls, Eagles’ Lodges and Odd Fellows Halls. He worked after school and summers at the Thomas Organ store in town which distributed Vox and Mosrite guitars and amps and developed a life-long interest in the instruments.
Musician Jack Culver
Through prep school at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs and college at The University of Colorado, he continued to play rock music while developing a strong attraction to the folk music of the day. Playing in pizza parlors for food and beer (and a little pocket change) he persisted in his quest, as he still does today, to comprehend the lyrics of Bob Dylan.
The late 70’s, the 80’s and the 90’s saw marriage, kids, divorce and a gradual fading from the music scene. While making some guest appearances at fairs and festivals, Jack went about the business of business.
In 2005, while chatting with some new friends (who happened to be Kathy Harris, her husband Roger Mikulas and Bobby Ronstadt) about an obscure 60’s song, he was asked to join them for a song circle on a Friday night. The rest, as they say, is history.
Jack and the rest of I Hear Voices! Onstage Photo Courtesy Bob Block
In Tucson, Jack has had the privilege of playing with Heart of the Strings, Michael Dues, Annie English, Kathy Kolmer, Bobby Ronstadt, Suzy Horton Ronstadt, Kathy Harris and many others. He also arranges the music and accompanies upcoming singer Maddie Yozwiak. He provides sound equipment for Third Saturday Open Mic and acts as sound engineer for house concerts and other small venue shows.
Bobby Kimmel asked Jack to join I Hear Voices! early in 2015 to provide rhythm support on mandolin. He is delighted to play with his good friends and looks forward to many more years of fun and music.