Jake La Botz shares European tourdates starting early May21-02-2018
With a successful European tour in memory last year we're excited to see Jake La Botz return to our shores. Starting early May and running until the first weekend of June he will explore Belgium, Germany, Spain and France. More dates including a UK leg are to follow shortly. Find all announced dates at the bottom of this message.
Jake La Botz released Sunnyside - his latest album - through Jimmy Sutton's Hi-Style Records last year. Sunnyside is “a culmination of a lot of lived experience,” La Botz says, “much of it very heavy. Still, I think there is a playfulness and even lightheartedness about much it— like reading a eulogy about a ne’er-do-well friend to a group who share in mutual fondness, sadness, and even delight as they recall the character defects of their deceased pal. For me this album marches through the streets like a New Orleans funeral procession—full of groove and joy in the richness of life and remembering all that has passed on.”
Jake La Botz’s story seems entirely too cinematic to be true. On Sunnyside, Jake's songs are heavily informed by his life, one that wraps shades of Merle Haggard, Charles Bukowski, Jim Jarmusch, and Sid Vicious all in one. La Botz learned from pre-war blues masters such as David “Honeyboy” Edwards and “Maxwell Street” Jimmy Davis, but Sunnyside makes a sonic move well beyond string blues. Sunnyside was produced by Jimmy Sutton at Hi-Style Studios in Chicago, whose previous production work includes albums for JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge.
The rock 'n roll groove is paramount throughout, propelled by driving bass and drums, ethereal piano, and doo-wop inspired gang vocals. This isn’t your dad’s blues music – it’s rough hewn by La Botz’s stories from the more shadowy corners of America, with an unforgettable atmosphere that hangs like thick smoke and lingers long after the first listen.
06-MAY: Brussels (BE) @ Rockin Around The Atomium
07-MAY: Mannheim (DE) @ Altes Volksbad
08-MAY: Hamburg (DE) @ Hafenbahnhof
09-MAY: Berlin (DE) @ Die Blaue Stunde
10-MAY: Tubingen (DE) @ Blauer Saloon
15-MAY: Madrid (ESP) @ Sala Sol
16-MAY: Valencia (ESP) @ 16 Toneladas
17-MAY: Barcelona (ESP) @ A Wamba Buluba
18-MAY: Zaragoza (ESP) @ Teatro Arbolé
19-MAY: Vitoria (ESP) @ Helldorado
20-MAY: Bilbao (ESP) @ Antzokia
21-MAY: Trets (FR) @ South Vintage Festival
22-MAY: Montluçon (FR) @ Le 109
24-MAY: Le Havre (FR) @ Le Tetris
25-MAY: Beauvas (FR) @ L`Ouvre Boïte
26-MAY: Guyancourt (FR) @ La Batterie
27-MAY: Rennes (FR) @ Ubu
03-JUNE: Turnhout (BE) @ Goezot In Het Hofke