grew up in Springfield, Illinois where he started collecting vinyl records with his father at age twelve—Hendrix led him to Dylan and Dylan led him to the recesses of the early blues and folk traditions. Jake received his B.A. in Philosophy from Belmont University in Nashville, releasing his Karamazov-inspired album, Ancient Fire (2012), to fulfill his Honors thesis requirement. After working at Oh Boy Records, he moved to Madrid, Spain. Jake lived there two years, in which time he taught English, studied flamenco guitar and translated a book on the subject from Spanish. While in Spain he also wrote the songs to his forthcoming album, “Evening Sounds,” which he recorded upon moving back to Nashville in September 2014 to pursue music full-time. Two songs from this album are featured in the Nashville Review. His strong, image-driven lyrics explore the eternal questions through American roots music with Spanish overtones, forming a sound entirely his own.