Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce, the “Jack O” and “Pierce” who make up the seminal duo Jackopierce, celebrate 25 years of making music that has amassed a loyal following of millions of fans across the country with the release of Live 25 on April 29th on Be Music & Entertainment. The 17-track album, which was recorded during their 25th anniversary show for a crowd of 2,100 people at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas, is a culmination of a dream come true for the duo. Returning to where it all began to play at one of the most beautiful venues the state has to offer. Live 25 includes fan favorites like “Vineyard,” “Three Of Us In A Boat,” “I Gotta Know,” and “Promise of Summer.”
To toast the duo’s roots, reconciliation, and reinvigoration, Jackopierce closes Live 25 with a brand new song entitled “This Is Our Time” that tells the story verbatim. The song showcases the band’s signature elegant modern pop-rock sound with a great hook and crisp production.
“We wrote this song together on one of our many trips to Nashville where our management, record label and publisher are all located. We’re older and dare I say “wiser.” We have a new sense of gratitude for each other, the gift of music, and especially our fans that have stuck with us all these year,” said Pierce. “The tag at the end of the chorus says “the stars aligned, this is our time, and we’re gonna take it.” That’s how we feel. We’ve been given more than second or third chances. We have an incredible fan base that supports what we do, a new record deal and an incredible team of folks behind us in Nashville.”
Jackopierce formed in 1988 playing shows around their hometown of Dallas. The duo steadily made a name for themselves, in particular with the track “Vineyard,” which became a signature track for the band. They released ten studio albums (two for major label A&M), toured three continents, nine countries, and 44 states (often for sold-out crowds), and along the way accumulated millions of loyal fans. Over the years they have shared the stage with artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Alanis Morissette, among others. After a five-year breakup in 1997 the duo reconvened in 2002 as Jackopierce for a sold-out run of shows in TX. Today Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce have a renewed creative vigor, mutual respect, and deep gratitude for their Jackopierce heritage and continue to make music that fans love and newcomers continue to discover. These good vibes shine through on their 25th anniversary live album Live 25.
It’s a time of fertile creativity for the duo, and celebrating the past inspires the guys to move forward in inventive ways. To freshen the live show, Jackopierce have initiated uniquely intimate “Destination Shows.” This is a whole new fan experience where people can enjoy gorgeous scenery, delicious food, and campfire performance accessibility to their favorite band. It’s a vacation and concert in one. Each destination provides a unique experience dedicated to the local culture: CA vineyards at sunset, BBQ in Austin, high society in Dallas, gondolas in CO, and history at the Biltmore in NC. In April Jackopierce will host their first international destination event in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico at a magnificent private Hacienda, Casa Hyder. In August they will host their Jackopierce Founders Clambake Dinner at the beautiful Oak Bluffs Sailing Camp Park on Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
“We have been doing destination events for the last four years and they have been a huge hit with our fans and have allowed us to make new ones along the way,” said Cary Pierce. “I think these events continue to grow and sell out because people want more than “just a show” – they want an experience. They want to create lasting memories, explore a new place or visit an old favorite. In some cases, we’re offering them a trip of a lifetime. We’re finding there a lot of people that value these experiences.”
Jackopierce have celebrated numerous career milestones including the T-Bone Burnett produced A&M debut album Bringing on The Weather, being a part of one of the largest live events with close to 400K people in attendance at the 1997 Blockbuster RockFest at Texas Motor Speedway alongside artists No Doubt, Counting Crows, and Matchbox Twenty, performing on Conan O’Brien in 1992 with the Max Weinberg Band backing them up and sitting in the chairs on the Rosie O’Donnell Show.
“Even after 25 years I feel like we’re just getting started,” said Cary Pierce. “We couldn’t have asked for a better show at the Winspear Opera House and are so excited to have this live album out there to our fans. We are currently in the midst of writing songs for a new album and we also have a wine in the works to be released this Fall. We started JP because it seemed “fun.” Twenty five years later we’re still pretty much doing things because they’re fun and wouldn’t have it any other way!”