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Jake La Botz

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Jake La Botz

Born( 1968-11-23 ) November 23, 1968 (age 51) Chicago, Illinois, United States
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OccupationSinger, songwriter, actor
Spouse(s)Abby Brammell ( m. 2006-2008)
Websitejakelabotz .com
Years active1990s-present

A hard-luck kid wandering the streets of Chicago, young Jake LA Botz chases magic he finds in stories. He volunteers in theatres as a boy to get closer to the stage, he haunts Chicago libraries picking up books and records, and he busk in subway, learning from elder blues legends like Honeyboy Edwards and Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis, who take him under their wing. All of this set him up for a life of storytelling, in streets, subways, juke joints, and eventually on the big screen and stages around the world. Note film and stage actor, LA Botz approaches music with an ear for unusual, knack for speaking for fragile characters and half-mad sag he encounters on his own travels. His new album, Theyre Coming For Me, is a collection of tall tales and strange stories ranging in subject from magic comb that can save the world, to bank robber who moans gospel hymns, and confessional from Bigfoot himself. The eclectic subject matter reflects LA Botzs own wide-ranging interests and unconventional career arc. He experiences the highest highs and lowest lows of life, and his own story is so unbelievable that it is currently being adapted by LA Botz and actor / writer Ian Barford as a stage musical for Steppenwolf Theatre! Some of these highs and lows saw LA Botz racing across the Midwest in stolen cars, finding refuge in the early 80's punk scene, touring tattoo parlors for years because his music did fit in noisy bars, playing guitar in all-Black church in LA, educating himself in public libraries, acting in Hollywood movies, and, most important, kicking years-long drug addiction. LA Botz is living in Nashville now, writing music and finding place to rest from road. Hes man that exudes calm in the heart of a hurricane, but this calm is hard won. He turned to meditation after kicking heroin twenty years ago, and teaches meditation now at home and in prisons, trying to give little back. I think this happens For people, LA Botz say, when things get really rough. There could be possibility of meeting life in a new way. For me, meditation keeps that door open. It infuses my relationships, my music, any creative thing; it has this quality of opening space and making experience, making life more available. Experience is the key word here. It what he was chasing as a kid on the road, its what hes looking for now, and it infuse every part of his new album. To record Theyre Coming For Me, LA Botz returned to Chicago with his old friend Jimmy Sutton, of Hi-Style Records and JD McPhersons band. At Jimmy studios in Chicago, two work to meld Suttons ' background in vintage sounds of American roots music with LA Botzs natural inclinations towards country blues, gospel, 60s pop, and 70s rock n roll. I am at a school where you make record in one day because you do have money for more than that!

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Early life

Chicago's Jake La Botz is a rootsy singer, songwriter, and guitarist with rip-roaring blues and country-inflected style. Fascinate by tattoos, each year La Botz mounts self-book tour of American tattoo parlors, providing the perfect backdrop for his visceral musical vision, which draws heavily on Delta blues and is delivered in riveting, Tom Waits-like rasp and growl. Moving to Chicago as a small child with his father, truck driver, union organizer, and journalist, La Botz discovered vintage blues and hillbilly music at a library as a teenager. Dropping out of school, he began to travel and see the country, working a succession of labor jobs and developing his skills as a guitarist. Returning to Chicago, he begin busking on street corners, mentoring with bluesmen like Maxwell Street, Jimmy Davis and David Honeyboy edwards, before leaving again on another round of travels, playing juke joints, blues clubs, and tattoo parlors. As a recording artist, he debuted with 1999's Original Soundtrack to My Nightmare, followed by 2002's Use to Be, 2004's All Soul and No Money, and 2006's Graveyard Jones. He also began a side career as an actor, appearing in Steve Buscemi's Animal Factory, where he was shown onscreen playing a couple of his songs. He went on to have roles in a succession of films, including Lonesome Jim, Ghost World, Thirteen Moons, Grey, and One Night with You, and had a recurring role in the TV series Gilmore Girls. More well-receive albums follow, including 2008's Sing this to Yourself, 2010's I'm Crow, and 2013's Get Right. In 2017, La Botz signed with bassist Jimmy Sutton's Hi-Style Records and released Sunnyside. Include on album Was single how I Wish She Was Mine.

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Career

Singer and songwriter Jake La Botz plays blues-and roots-drench music that reflects his time spent playing on streets, in clubs and even in tattoo parlors. You can also hear various places La Botz has lived in his music, including his time in Chicago, New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta. In Chicago, he befriended blues musician David Honeyboy Edwards, who taught him about playing music. After moving to Los Angeles in an attempt to get away from drug addiction, he meets actor Steve Buscemi, who helped La Botz get work acting and singing in films like Rambo and Animal Factory. You can hear La Botz tell these stories and play songs from his album Sunnyside in the player above.

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