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MP3 Jake La Botz - Graveyard Jones

"The fourth dimension of blues...country mysteries from the peripheries ...wailing soul-gospel screams from the other side...primordial Rock and Roll mythology oozing and grooving out of the depths."

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ROCK: Roots Rock, COUNTRY: Country Blues

"Jake La Botz is a creator of dark poetry and haunting song, the kind of music that gets in your bones and rides you for days, a sound and vision only those who''ve been to the bottom and clawed their way back up can generate. 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)

"La Botz avoids the mainstream like a Dracula avoids the dawn..." -Macon Telegraph

"Blues man Jake La Botz came up the right-proper, fucking hard way: a teen renegade on the streets of Chicago, dabbling in a mixture of antisocial activities (from car theft to jabbing up his own rudimentary tattoos) and exploring the rich, deep blues tradition as a street singer ... and beside Delta-blues originator “Honeyboy” Edwards. That lovely, lurid background forged a musical power that, as heard on his current CD, Graveyard Jones, demonstrates not only an innate mastery of the blues, but also displays what he calls a “condensed rock & roll mythology.”" -L.A. Weekly

"“Graveyard Jones” is one of the year’s most original releases — midnight blues as philosophical myth..." -Pasadena Weekly

"La Botz is skilled at crafting talking-blues numbers that are pure poetry. His storytelling roots lie deep in the Delta and Piedmont, and his material is at once timeless and totally fresh." -Chicago Sun Times

"The songs pierce and scrape at the listener’s skin like the needle of a tattoo gun, his harsh, grainy rasp—not unlike Tom Waits’—spewing forth blunt, morbid narratives about threadbare lives and the nearness of the grave." -Nashville Scene

"Dont miss alert: Blues veteran Jake La Botz, an L.A. denizen via Chicago and a musical descendant of Son House, Tom Waits, Skip James, and Honeyboy Edwards, returns with ''Graveyard Jones'' (Charnel Ground 108). La Botz...is one of today''s darkest and most original writers. ''Jones'', like several of his previous efforts, is a sonic roller-coaster ride; he spans country blues, Rolling Stones grooves (''Grandma''s Photographs''), and off-kilter Waits sounds (''Graveyard Jones''), elsewhere doing his own thing (''Something On My Mind''). La Botz''s superb dry vocals and expert fingerpicking anchor the band on idiosynchratic, compelling compositions." -Blues Revue Magazine

"Inhabiting the same dark recesses of the blues as the late Screamin'' Jay Hawkins or John Campbell, Jake La Botz''s gravelly growl of a voice creates a funereal sound that evokes satanic fears and can make your skin crawl. His new, third CD, "Graveyard Jones," at times is as much a Halloween soundtrack as blues exploration. It''s the sort of music one might expect to hear while visiting a voodoo priestess in a back alley of the French Quarter. ...Despite the rough edges to his voice, La Botz is actually a tremendous singer. Expressive, passionate, and with an innate melodicism." - North County Times (San Diego)

"Sometime car-dweller and indie movie actor La Botz dreams up bizarro electric blues, rocking just as hard on sentimental pieces. As the album''s title suggests, there''s a good deal of morbidity and mortality obsessed over here, but it''s one lively-sounding funeral." -Los Angles Daily News

"His raspy voice spins beautiful, gritty narratives. I''m totally hooked." -Harrisburg Patriot News

"...the L.A-based singer/songwriter is actually quite a flying-under-the-radar treasure..." -Nashville All The Rage

"Graveyard Jones is a simultaneously grimy and reflective look at America''s underbelly." -Cleveland Scene

" If you like your blues served up raw, without a lot of window dressing, Jake La Botz has the recipe you''ve been looking for." https://www.tradebit.com

"On the title track of his latest album, the itinerant blues troubadour combines his creaky vocals with a solitary, meandering organ run and echo-laden plucking to evoke the Halloween-ready spookiness of Screaming Jay Hawkins and the hoodoo blues of the late John Campbell." -Long Island Press

"La BOTZ''S music may be on the fringes, but that is only because the mainstream is so out of touch with art born from American roots. His tunes are plain and homespun, and often darkly humorous. Bob Dylan is an obvious influence; so too are Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits and a legion of bluesmen. On record, his vocals are weather-beaten and gravelly, in sharp contrast to his gentle speaking voice." -L.A. Times

"...animated, jagged guitar playing and equally energetic, distinctive vocals and songwriting."- Nashville City Paper

"It''s not often Hollywood can be called on to highlight great Blues music but we have to credit Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs), and his film "Animal Factory" (starring Willem Dafoe), for bringing Jake La Botz to our attention - an exceptional singer/songwriter who grew up playing with many of Blues'' greatest, including Jimmy Davis and Homesick James, on Maxwell Street. Keeping that company as a teenager, it''s a given the music is authentic roots-based, but the chilling drawl on both 2004''s "All Soul And No Money" and 2006''s "Graveyard Jones" is something you can''t craft; no matter the company you''ve kept. It''s this grave vocal that emphasises the pain and sorrow on songs such as ''The Grey'' ("All Soul And No Money"); a grim take on death so intense it leaves you bordering on emotional mess. On both collections Jake evokes many of traditional and contemporary Blues'' most revered acts, from Skip James to Tom Waits, yet his take (incorporating country/folk/rock/gospel and even punk) is highly original. At times uncomfortable, at times moving, at times empowering, at times upsetting…in fact all the fundamentals Hollywood never seems to deliver anymore and it''s fair to say this music is far more gripping and engrossing than any Hollywood Blockbuster! Give the movies a miss this weekend and get lost in Jake''s world!" -Blues Matters Magazine (England)

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