Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Jack Licitra!
Jack’s Waterfall is the musical adventure of singer/songwriter and musician, Jack Licitra. Pop, blues, jazz, folk, gospel and global music all meet at The Waterfall, a place of healing and learning. Sometimes Jack performs solo and other times with a group, but there is always present a unique energy of inclusiveness. His great capacity for rhythmic and percussive adventures, his virtuosic piano explorations, and his heartfelt songs and storytelling come together in every captivating performance.
Jack Licitra founded Jack’s Waterfall in 1998. The group has released six CD’s and has appeared at The B.B. King Blues Festival, The Long Island Music Hall of Fame Awards, The New Jersey Folk Festival and WFUV’s Under the Radar. Licitra has toured the United States opening for such acts as the Allman Brothers and the Dickie Betts Band and even had the honor of singing for Senator Hillary Clinton. Jack’s expansive career has also found him sharing the stage with the likes of Levon Helm, Richie Havens, Buckwheat Zydeco, James Cotton, Marcia Ball, and many others.
The aptly titled new release from Jack’s Waterfall offers tunes that, whether purposely or by happenstance, aspire to convey those virtues. Opening with the county-esque , and meandering through richly-melodic compositions. Jack Licitra’s emotional lyrics, coupled with a musical style that incorporates elements of alt-country, folk-rock and ‘blue-eyed’ soul, set us on a journey that’s as comfortable as a favorite old sweatshirt.
The ‘comfortability’ of Jack’s vocals and the music are what make the record so good – the music and the message transport the listener to positive place. Gratitude and contentment appear to be the prevailing feelings that weave in and out of the song list. There’s also a profound ‘spiritual’ sense that seems to be a parallel theme of the record. Not spirituality as defined by religion, but rather the spirituality of humanity.