Jack Ingram was born on Nov. 15, 1970, in Houston. He first played seriously while studying psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He toured around the bars and roadhouses of Texas with his Beat Up Ford band, and landed a regular Tuesday night gig at the honky-tonk club Adair's. The second of Ingram's two independently released albums was recorded live at the club. He earned a recording contract with Universal Records' Rising Tide imprint and worked with Steve Earle on his debut for the label, 1997's Livin' Or Dyin', which also featured co-writing credits from Jim Lauderdale and Todd Snider.
Ingram relocated to Sony's Lucky Dog imprint for 1999's Hey You. The 2000 follow-up was a Texas concert recorded with Charlie Robison and Bruce Robison. In 2002, Electric confirmed Earle's influence on Ingram's music, with his bar-room country songs infused with a devil-may-care rock 'n' roll attitude. Lucky Dog issued several songs from the Electric sessions as the EP Extra Volts in 2003. Live at Billy Bob's Texas arrived in November 2003.
In 2006, Ingram released Live -- Wherever You Are, an album he recorded at Gruene Hall, on Big Machine Records. The project included his first two new studio tracks since the Electric sessions. The album's first single, "Wherever You Are," reached No. 1 at country radio.