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J.J. Vicars: The Legendary Blues Artist & Outlaw


Guitar-slinger J.J. Vicars tore outta the Sci-Fi Diner in a ’58 Cadillac with mounted steer horns and backward flames, cranking out Hard Driving Blues, Boogie & Rock ‘n’ Roll complemented by smoky after-hours vibes and irreverent humor, his snarling guitar and gruff vocals and tying it all together.

Born into a musical family, he took up drums while still in single digits playing in his Jr. High marching band while studying behind the kit. Jazz dominated the record player at home while the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll commanded the car radio. A few years later he discovered guitar and Blues and never looked back.

For the first decade of his guitar playing life he mainly worked as a sideman in various Blues, Rock, and Country groups. In summer of 2001 while living in Austin he cut his first solo album Sci-Fi Diner and forged ahead on his own. Much like that album he gigged both with his electric trio and solo acoustic.


He released two albums of old material, Hi-Tech Hillbilly and Heartland, along with the studio leftovers album Longhaired Leftovers during a decade-long sojourn in Japan. He finished up Long Way From Home and released it upon his return to the U.S. in 2013.

Recuperating in northeast Ohio he released Irreverent Dissident to rave reviews and heavy airplay. During the pandemic shut down he began working on a series of singles testing the new business model. As of 2023 he resumed working on the all-instrumental album Pickin’ & Grinnin’ and cast aside the revolving door of pickup musicians permanently installing Lisa Nielson on bass and Joe Slezak on drums.



Review 1: J.J. Vicars is definitely an outlaw, but his music is legendary. His unique mix of Blues, Boogie, and Rock ‘n’ Roll is an absolute joy to listen to. His guitar playing is especially impressive, and his gruff vocals make for a powerful combination. It’s easy to see why he’s become so renowned in the industry. Highly recommended!

Review 2: J.J. Vicars is a must listen for any fan of blues music. His unique blend of styles is captivating and his gruff vocals are full of emotion. His guitar playing is raw and passionate and captures the spirit of the blues. Highly recommended!

Review 3: J.J. Vicars certainly isn’t your typical blues artist. His music has a unique blend of styles that really stands out from the crowd. His guitar playing and vocals are raw, gritty, and full of emotion. He has been able to create something special here that will keep listeners coming back for more. Highly recommended!

Razorback Magazine Review Team

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