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"Some of the rawest funk to come out of Texas in decades" - Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show, BBC-6, UK

“We like Flyjack’s humble brag that they play ‘superbad funk that runs hotter than a ’69 Cadillac on high octane’ – you can feel that energy on this 11-song set. – Austin American Statesman

"Flyjack has proven time and time again just how hard they can get a crowd funked up, be it onstage to a packed house or just for one person absolutely losing their mind while dancing at home." - KUT-FM

“Flyjack’s mission is twofold – to resurrect rare groove classics while energizing a new generation of music-lovers.” - Roots & Beats 

“High octane funk and roll, these cats keep Mother's Finest as their ace in the hole and give the party the kick start it needs.” - Midwest Record

FLYJACK got its start in 2007 playing a weekly residency at TC’s Lounge on Austin’s deep eastside – a dilapidated but much-loved holdover from Austin’s “chitlin’ circuit” days. In 2008, the band initiated a funk/soul series called “Superfly Soul Party” – featuring other like-minded groups, performing at the Victory Grill and other establishments in and around Austin. In April 2008, FLYJACK moved their residency to Antone’s – Austin’s Home of the Blues – initiating the successful “SuperSoul Mondays.” 

In 2008, FLYJACK’s deep-funk single "Black Water Gold" was featured on the tastemaking Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show on the BBC in the UK – gaining the ear of several influential DJs and musicians in the UK deep soul scene, including DJ Snowboy, who introduced the group to Hammondbeat Records. Later that year, the group performed at the ASPEN-SNOWMASS JAZZ FESTIVAL with Widespread Panic and the New Mastersounds. More recently, the group has shared the stage with DJ Numark (of Jurassic 5), Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Stanton Moore, Marc Broussard, The Scabs, Honey Island Swamp Band, New Mastersounds and Brownout. 

In 2010, FLYJACK released its second EP "On The One" on Portland, Oregon-based label Hammondbeat Records. The platter features legendary James Brown drummer Jab’o Starks on the tubs; Paolo "Apollo" Negri from Milan, Italy on keyboards; and Austin chanteuse Tameca Jones on vocals.

On March 31, 2017, Flyjack released its third record, "New Day" - a love letter to late 60's/early 70's underground soul and funk.  The record was painstakingly assembled at guitarist Buck McKinney's Rocky Coast Studio, and features seven carefully curated underground rare groove classics - including crate digger's gold "It's a New Day" - originally recorded by the Skull Snaps and released in 1973 on the tiny GSF label.  The remaining five tracks on the album are Flyjack originals, including the propulsive "Motherlode" - featuring the Hellfire Horns, Grupo Fantasma alum Rudy Canales on congas, and a honking, gut-bucket saxophone solo by Topaz McGarrigle (Golden Dawn Arkestra).

In January, 2020, Flyjack released its fourth record "Soul Catcher" to rave reviews, picking up a nomination for best album in the funk/fusion/jam category of the 18th Annual International Music Awards.  The album features nine originals and two covers of the rare-groove tracks "Funky to the Bone" by Freddi Henchi and the Soulsetters, and "Damn Right I Am Somebody" by Fred Wesley and James Brown, and may be Flyjack's most fully-realized funk statement to date. 

On September 1, 2021, Flyjack will release its latest and most ambitious album to date, "Pan Am," featuring 8 instrumental originals and a cover of soul jazz classic "Dig On It," by Jimmy McGriff––all recorded while the band was on hiatus during the Covid pandemic.  Three sneak peek singles will be released in the weeks leading up to Pan Am, beginning with "Firestone" July 21, 2021.  Pan Am marks the beginning of Flyjack's label affiliation with Austin/UK independent Big Indie Records.

Flyjack's founding members - guitarist Buck McKinney and bassist Brad Bradburn - hail from the groundbreaking Austin alternative-jazz group Gnappy, which released 3 well-received albums between 2001 and 2006, and was featured in the 2003 book "Jambands" by Dean Budnick.  Flyjack's current line-up is rounded out by David Hunter Thacker (Keyboards), Jose Guitierrez (Drums), John Voss (Percussion), Paulo Santos (Sax), Mike Shields (Trumpet), Liam Lord (Trumpet) and Will Wright (Trombone).  

Members

Buck McKinney - guitar/vox
Brad Bradburn - bass/vox
David Hunter Thacker- keys
John Voss -percussion
Jose Guitierrez - drums/vox
Mike Shields - trumpet
Paulo Santos - sax
William Wright - trombone
Wyatt Corder - trumpet