Missouri native Jeff Black knew he wanted a career in music even before he hit his teens. When he was only ten years old, he persuaded his parents to buy him a guitar. In between school, and then later work, Black learned to play that guitar, to write songs, and to sing. Before he started his professional career in the music business, he worked at a gas station, a car wash, a warehouse, and even in a club as a bouncer. In his early twenties, Black began performing at Blayney's, the blues club where he worked as a bouncer. His fan base slowly expanded, and he left the club and toured across the United States, stepping in as an opening act for artists like Jerry Jeff Walker, John Prine, and Maria McKee.