"If the musical group Jackpot were a test tube baby, it would be perfectly deformed with two heads and no place to run", says Rusty Miller, vocalist and songwriter of the band Jackpot has spent the last 7,000 years touring through the sweaty wastelands of America, playing to packed and empty bars alike. From having all of their instruments stolen in Austin to playing interesting European drunk-fests where Dutch freaks know all of the words to the songs, Jackpot has remained under the mainstream radar.
Rusty Miller had been best known for his slithering guitar work on Cake's hit single "Never There" before the formation of Jackpot. Guitarist/vocalist Miller, bassist Sheldon Cooney, drummer Mike Curry, and keyboardist Lee Bob Watson began the group in the late '90s as an alternative country-rock band.
Releasing Boneville in 1999, the band disliked the sound and dismissed it as a "really crappy four-track thing." 2000's Weightless was much more in tune with what they had envisioned, and by 2002's Shiny Things they had hit their stride as a somewhat experimental version of their initial sound. Two years later, Miller and Jackpot returned with their fourth album, titled F+ again on Surfdog Records and then in 2007, the band released their final album "Moonbreath.
In 2013, Jackpot reformed to play selective dates in California