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Solo Takes

Jack M. Senff

‘Solo Takes’ is a collection of songs culled (mostly) from the last two years and stripped down to their essence: vocals & guitar. Accented by the occasional whistle or blow of a harmonica, these versions compliment their more robust full-band takes by offering a quiet, intimate, occasionally imperfect glean at the foundation of Jack M. Senff’s work so far.

Captured simply by two microphones in a room, ‘Solo Takes’ presents a different perspective on familiar shapes & colors, themes, chords--ideas that have transformed or manifested into something new altogether since their initial conception.
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These Northwood Blues

Jack M. Senff

‘These Northwood Blues’ is a product of the times. Written just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new album was recorded in Wyandotte, Michigan at Eureka Records after multiple delays, during a lucky weekend break in the national, global upheaval of 2020. Donning masks, songwriter Jack M. Senff & his newly-formed Rolling Hill Band came together to explore a 70’s-inspired realm of Americana music, tracking the album “on expert mode” live with limited overdubs. In turns driving, volatile, patient, & exalting, ‘These Northwood Blues’ pivots Senff from the acoustic, bedroom stylings of his debut (2019’s ‘Good To Know You’) into the wider world of folk rock.

The album was engineered & mixed by the careful hand of multi-instrumentalist Austin Stawowczyk (Shortly, Great Expectations) who also co-produced alongside Senff & his creative partner Brian Morgante (Flesh & Bone Design, DEADHORSE), the spiritual second leader of the Rolling Hill Band. Filling out the group are Morgan Arrowood (Little Graves) & Schyler Binkley (Schyler the Potter, Ender) on piano & drums, respectively. Together Senff & his band have crafted a dynamic, lush collection of varying moods & colors, with ‘These Northwood Blues’ standing as both a testament to the current times, & an intriguing peek into where the songwriter might head next.

Find it on the world wide web or in stores via Skeletal Lightning Records October 23, 2020.
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Live from Eureka Records 10/27/19

Jack M. Senff

Recorded live at Eureka Records in Wyandotte, Michigan on October 27, 2019, this is the first documentation of The Rolling Hill Band, a rotating group of friends put together to help play my music. These recordings are our interpretation of songs from my first album, Good To Know You (2019).

Watch the videos here: https://youtu.be/Z0q_JLSJALA
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Good To Know You

Jack M. Senff

Good to Know You is a collection of songs and stories that deal with the shifting, fickle nature of time and how it stands to inform identity. Casting backwards and forwards, Northern Michigan songwriter Jack M. Senff weaves together small moments of his life in an attempt to examine and explore the greater themes of love and loss, family, change.

Having taken a year away to appraise and reassess, Senff sheds the Boy Rex name in favor of his own. After several albums chasing a certain sound, a specific color, Good to Know You shifts the palette to something softer, quieter, and perhaps that much truer to the integrity of his work. Self-recorded in various bedrooms and living rooms, this album hopes to capture all the warmth and intimacy his songs have to offer.

Good to Know You was mixed and mastered by Senff’s old friend Mike Kenway (William Bonney, In Ghosts), and features the impressive talents of Brian Morgante (DEADHORSE, Flesh and Bone Design), Shannon Lee Stott-Rigsbee (Tyler Daniel Bean, Adrian Ardvark), his wife Em Randall, and Arthur Shroeder (After Ours). This record is at once an encapsulation of everything that came before, and the first notes of something bright and new dancing just over the horizon.
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