Jack grew up as a Navy brat in California, Rhode Island, Alaska, and many states in-between. When the British Invasion craze hit, he knew what he wanted to do with his life – make girls scream! Then one day a friend brought by a Bob Dylan record that steered him in a new direction focused on songwriting.
During his senior year in high school, Jack lived in a remote town in Alaska before moving to Dallas and subsequently Austin. This was the early ’70s, and the Austin “cosmic cowboy” scene was in full swing. After awhile, a friend suggested that he move to Houston because there was a great music scene in the Montrose area, so he moved to Houston in 1976 and immediately found work playing his songs in local clubs, where he met Shake Russell, John Vandiver and many others. He played clubs like Anderson Fair, Theodore’s, Corky’s and the Texas Opry House, and joined an art rock band, Taxi Dancer.
Most of the ’80s and half of the ’90s Jack played with Shake Russell – first as a bassist in his band and then for 6 or 7 years as a duo mate and lead guitarist, sharing the writing and singing. As a duo, Shake and Jack were a fixture in the Texas music scene and beyond, releasing several CDs together. Recording all those albums, he learned about and fell in love with the art of recording.
In 1996, Jack opened White Cat Recording in Houston. Since then, he’s split his time at the studio, performing solo or with a band, and has released four CDs of his own. He has also played in the bands of many of his favorite artists, such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Greg Trooper, Randy Weeks, Susan Gibson and Hayes Carll, while at the same time producing and recording dozens of titles in his studio for other songwriters.
2012 found Jack releasing A Real Good Place To Start, which is an ironic title given his lengthy experience as a musician and songwriter.
2013 finds Jack Saunders with another new release, entitled Grit and Jangle, which showcases his rootsy approach on songs ranging from the alt-country whimsy of Mustache on the Mona Lisa, the jangly rock of the title track to the Zydeco dance groove on Acadian Angel. Grit and Jangle will release in early summer along with touring dates in support throughout the remainder of 2013.