The long dark winters, frantic harvests and endless gravel roads of northern Alberta have played a huge role in shaping the genuinely honest, shady and desperate characters that find their way into Jake Ian’s wonderfully authentic songs. Ian’s deep respect for the working man and obvious soft spot for the underdog makes its way into countless themes of real life, real love, heartbreak and persistence.
Whether performing alone or with his backing band, its Jake Ian’s intelligent and lyrically focused songwriting that always takes center stage, winning him any number of admirers in Western Canada’s folk and country scene. He has toured and performed in bars, coffee shops, theatres, folk clubs and festivals across Canada and has shared the stage with performers such as Hawksley Workman, Kelly Joe Phelps, Devil Makes Three and Tim Hus.
Ian released his most recent album, “The Trestle” on CD, cassette and digital platforms in early 2017. Listeners have been comparing the album to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska…a sparse and haunting collection of songs recorded in Ian’s home. “The Trestle” received consistent airplay on college radio across Canada and peaked at #2 on the Earshot National Folk/Roots/ Blues chart.
Currently in the studio again, Ian is putting the finishing touches on a new batch of songs that will be released in early 2020.