Formed in the spring of 2012, The John Saunders Band captures the combination of the laid back rhythms of Jack Johnson and solid drive of Big Head Todd and the Monsters, creating a unique sound we call “The Colorado Groove”. The JSB is a Castle Rock-based band that plays a mix of original tunes and covers of artists such as Ryan Adams, Pat Green, The Dawes, The Mavericks, Ben Gibbard, and of course Jack Johnson and Big Head Todd.
The JSB got its start during a late night jam session that led lead singer/guitarist John Saunders and drummer Jeff Schwarz to ask each other, “what if?” John and Jeff then recruited bass player Rick Packard to see if something could develop. After playing a few low-key gigs as a three piece group, the band realized that a lead guitarist would be great addition to compliment the rhythms and melodies of John’s original music. The band was blessed to come across electric guitar/vocalist Josh Cervantes. Just one informal jam session with Josh was all it took for the band to realize that Josh could add a whole new and stylish dimension... and today's John Saunders Band was formed.
As The John Saunders Band continues to develop its identity, John keeps pulling up original tunes that he has written over many years, with each new tune helping to shape and define the overall sound of the band. Late night rehearsals in the “live music” den of the Yucca Retreat serve not only to hone “The Colorado Groove”, but also tend to turn into lively gatherings for neighbors and friends. And perhaps the enjoyment of playing and listening to the music together is what “The Colorado Groove” is all about.