When they took their name from a mule traders' ad in Western Horseman, the members of MAMMOTH JACK (meaning “large donkey”) thought it the perfect name for themselves. The characteristics they share with their crossbred namesake are obvious: outstanding ears for a song, a hybrid of musical influences, and a stubborn streak to help them persevere on the crowded streets of Music City, U.S.A....
There are five accomplished musicians in MAMMOTH JACK - Matt Rossi (lead vocals/guitar), Clay Davis (bass/harmony vocals), Willie Vanhook (fiddle/harmony vocals), Joe Cook (electric guitar), and Jim Evans (drums).
As a New England-native and Texas-transplant, Matt was honing his songwriting skills (including a 1998 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association album title cut, "Cowboy Up") after arriving in Music City, while fellow-Texan, Willie, worked as a touring musician backing up major-label artists. Ori
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