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Outlaw Jake and the Chain Gang
Alternative country rock band Outlaw Jake and the Chain Gang melodically tell tales of the trials and triumphs of everyday folk. Mixing up the spectacular concoction of humble small town roots and hard times in the fast lane creates a stellar formula that makes them like no other band around. Meld together influences like Johnny Cash and Steve Earl, toss in a little Sonic Youth, add a pinch of The Clash, and you’ll have something you will never forget. Let this band get your body moving and leave a really good feeling deep in your soul. Many fans have called this band hard core with a sonic blast of country rock all to its own. If you want to hear music full of life, love, pain, wild times and real down to earth experiences; this band is for you!
Singer song writer Outlaw Jake started writing songs at the young age of thirteen. Exposed to lots of music during his childhood gave him a wide array of musical influences. His mother appreciated musical groups such as Zeppelin, Floyd and even Bon Jovi. His father enjoyed current country of the time like Alabama, Hank Jr and George Strait. Hanging out with his Grandfather, a truck driver of 35 years is where Outlaw really got the music bug. He would spend hours on a Saturday at his grandparent’s house; listening to records and playing guitar in their Lawrence, Kansas living room. Hank Snow, Red Sovine, Lefty Frizzell, Waylon and Cash would blare threw his ear drums and expose him to his greatest idols. It was not long after this that Outlaw Jake would discover Steve Earle Records, through Earle he found Towns Van Zant, Clark, Keen, the list would go on and on….
Outlaw Jake and the Chain Gang have been kicking around clubs in the north east Kansas area for over ten years now. The band has created an original and unique sound that is all their own. This music is at the heart of the working class of America, the downtrodden, the old souls or anyone who just wants to hear a new old sound and just have a good ole time. This music is sure to bring out the fun for everyone. No matter whether you are a heavy rock or a country fan, this band is sure to bring something for everyone.
The Chain Gang consists of one of a kind drummer Dave Melody from Castle Rock, Colorado. Dave has been with the band for over six years. He was a former member of the well respected group, The Border Band. When Jake met him ten years ago, there was instant chemistry and Jake knew that they would be in a band together one day. Jake and Dave have always had a close bond since that day and are best friends.
From Derby Kansas is the best mandolin player around, Dan Hermreck. Jake met Dan playing open mic nights when Jake was seventeen and sneaking into Stews Midtown Tavern. From the moment Jake and Dan jammed together they formed a musical connection unlike any other. Dan has been a key member of the band for over 4 years as well as an influential musician in Jakes life for many, many more!
The newest member of the band is melodic pick style bass player, Robb Popp from Lawrence Kansas. Robb joined the band in the fall of 2014. He is also a former member of The Border Band; Dave and Robb have a chemistry and connection that is unlike any other rhythm section. This has made the band grow in ways that are sure to bring Outlaw Jake and The Chain Gang to the next level. The guys are very excited and ready to see where these new possibilities will take them!
The band also has several extended members that often jam with group such as Gib Thurman on Pedal Steel, Roger Holden plays the lead guitar, Jonathan Woods and Michelle Saenz often sings backup vocals. It is always a treat to have these guest performers come and jam. The audience is always thrilled by the surprises that this innovative band has to offer.