THE GONE JACKALS are a four piece hard R&R group based in S.F., CA who have
been recording and touring for over five years.
Keith Karloff is the bandleader & front man of the G.J.'s. A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Keith relocated to S.F. from his native N.Y.C. where he had been performing under the name Keith Gale as a solo artist. Breaking from the restrictive environment and high expectations that the N.Y.C. circuit and its "big business" atmosphere fostered, Keith's was first and foremost a quest for personal and artistic freedom.
The first musician to sign on in S.F. with Keith was Rudy D. Maynard, a "bottom feeder" bassist recently arrived from Oil City, LA. Rudy performed on the first "Keith Gale" release, a cassette E.P. entitled "Five Piece Screwdriver Set" for BLUE/BLACK RECORDS and is on all the G.J.'s subsequent recordings.
With a backing band which at one time included Bay Area phenom Charlie Hunter on guitar, performances ensued as "Keith Gale" and later as "Keith Gale's Parallel Universe" with such acts as Joe Ely, The Beat Farmers and The Chesterfield Kings.
After a period of experimenting with ine-ups and instrumentation, everything came together best with Judd Austin on guitar and vocals (formerly with TOWER OF POWER's Ed McGee Group) and Trey Sabatelli (JEFFERSON STARSHIP, THE TUBES, VINCE WELNICK's MISSING MAN FORMATION) on drums. Enjoying the chemistry of his combo and feeling that he had begun to assimilate a reasonable amount of S.F.'s atmosphere, Keith became "Keith Karloff" and the band became "THE GONE JACKALS" - a musical unit.
BONE TO PICK has also caught the attention of Don Johnson's Music Director, who featured the song "Born Bad" in the "Baby Boy" episode of the hit C.B.S. Television series NASH BRIDGES.