About

JAKE SHANE IS AN AMERICAN SINGER-SONGWRITER CURRENTLY BASED IN SPAIN. HE MAKES HIS LIVING AS A TOURING MUSICIAN, SINGING SONGS ABOUT THE TRIALS AND TRIUMPHS OF LIFE. HIS THIRD ALBUM, WATER TO LAND, WAS RELEASED IN 2018. 

JAKE PLAYED HIS FIRST CONCERT IN 2004 IN HIS HOMETOWN OF SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS AND HAS BEEN GIGGING EVER SINCE. HE LEFT THE MIDWEST IN 2008 TO MOVE TO NASHVILLE, WHERE HE RECEIVED A DEGREE IN PHILOSOPHY, WORKED FOR JOHN PRINE’S OH BOY RECORDS AND COMPOSED THE SONGS TO HIS FIRST ALBUM, ANCIENT FIRE (2012). THIS DEBUT ALBUM COMBINES THE FOLK, BLUES AND AMERICANA HE GREW UP LISTENING TO WITH LYRICS THAT DREW INSPIRATION FROM THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV BY FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY.

IN THE FALL OF 2012, JAKE MOVED TO SPAIN. WHILE BECOMING FLUENT IN SPANISH HE ABSORBED HIMSELF IN MADRID'S FLAMENCO SCENE, LEARNED ABOUT THE FLAMENCO TRADITION, WROTE REVIEWS IN SPANISH FOR THE WEBSITE CHALAURA.COM, AND TAUGHT HIMSELF FLAMENCO GUITAR. IN 2014, HIS TRANSLATION OF PABLO SAN NICASIO'S BOOK, CONTRA LAS CUERDAS [STRINGS ATTACHED], WAS PUBLISHED BY OSCAR HERRERO EDICIONES. THIS WORK IS THE LARGEST PUBLISHED COLLECTION OF INTERVIEWS OF CONTEMPORARY FLAMENCO GUITARISTS.

THE MUSICAL WORK RESULTING FROM THIS PERIOD WAS EVENING SOUNDS (2015), AN ALBUM STEEPED IN FLAMENCO GUITAR WITH A NEAT BLEND OF AMERICANA AND FOLK, COMBINED WITH LYRICS DRAWN FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCES IN SPAIN.

AFTER JAKE'S TIME IN SPAIN, HE MOVED BACK TO THE U.S., BUT DIDN’T STAY IN ONE PLACE FOR LONG. BETWEEN 2015 AND 2017 HE FOUND HIMSELF LIVING IN NASHVILLE, FLORIDA, NEW YORK, WASHINGTON D.C., AND NEW MEXICO. HE SPENT MONTHS HITCHHIKING THROUGH MEXICO WITH HIS BROTHER, TRAVELED TO CUBA, ISRAEL, BACK TO SPAIN, AND DROVE ACROSS THE U.S. A FEW TIMES. ALL THE WHILE, HE WAS STEADILY COMPOSING SONGS FOR HIS NEXT RECORD.

MUCH OF THE WRITING FOR HIS THIRD ALBUM, WATER TO LAND (2018), WAS FINISHED IN AN ISOLATED ADOBE HOUSE ONE WINTER IN THE HIGH DESERT OF NEW MEXICO. AFTER JAKE’S DEFINITIVE RETURN TO MADRID, HE RECORDED WATER TO LAND IN THE SUMMER OF 2018, IN MOBA STUDIOS WITH PRODUCER SERGIO MOLINA. MOST OF THE ALBUM WAS RECORDED LIVE, IN THREE DAYS, WITH A BAND OF ENGLISHMEN. IT GARNERED PRAISE FROM, AMONG OTHERS, LEONARD COHEN'S LONG-TIME FRIEND, TRANSLATOR AND BIOGRAPHER, ALBERTO MANZANO.

HE HAS TOURED THE USA, SPAIN, PORTUGAL, ITALY AND GERMANY EXTENSIVELY AND WILL ALSO VISIT SCANDINAVIA AND THE NETHERLANDS  IN 2019.


ALBUMS:
ANCIENT FIRE (2012)
EVENING SOUNDS (2015)
WATER TO LAND (2018)
KALINA AND OTHER MODERN MYTHS (TO BE RELEASED IN FALL 2019)