Jake La Botz

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Jake La BotzJake La Botz incorporates elements of electric blues, acoustic country, hellfire gospel, (and even a dose of New York noise pop) to bring his songs to life.

"His midnight gifts evoke Hank Williams and Skip James as much as Tom Waits and Dylan. Not everybody will get this music - because not everybody is ready for the truth." - Jerry Stahl (author of "Permanent Midnight") Jake La Botz is a man of contrasts. A rough exterior that camouflages the heart of a poet. A street musician who has opened for Ray Charles. Someone who has lived in his car and also hobnobbed with movie stars. A punk rock kid with an affinity for Mississippi blues. Like its creator, 'All Soul No Money' (on Joseph Street Records) is a study of contrasts. The music travels from the backwoods rural South to the gritty urban North, from Saturday night to Sunday morning, from Hell to Heaven.

Jake La Botz has gone Hollywood since pulling up stakes in Chicago, where he used to woodshed on Maxwell Street with Jimmy Davis. You might have seen him playing guitar in Blueshammer, the world's worst pseudo-blues band, in "Ghost World," or entertaining his fellow cons in Steve Buscemi's "Animal Factory" (his big number in that film, "Used to Be," is included here). Over in South Central, he's been sitting in with the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church band.

But have no fear: He retains true grit on this debut disc. "All Soul and No Money" is described as "soul-folk," but there are certainly elements of blues and punk rock as well. La Botz is just an all-around fine storyteller with a knack for capturing the ironic futility of the human condition. ~~ by Jeff Johnson.(Chicago Sun-Times)

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