Biography

Down the cold, lonesome gravel roads of Warspite, Alberta, lay a peaceful paradise that Jake Ian once called home; a place that time forgot; a place that has shaped the shady, genuine, honest, and desperate characters that find their way into his 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 and heartbreak.

Ian’s influences are planted deeply in the past, drawing inspiration from songwriting greats such as Townes Van Zandt, John Prine and Bob Dylan.  These vintage inspirations shine through in Ian’s music, a ragged combination of folk, country and blues that is touching, authentic and real.  Ian 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, Bill Bourne and Tim Hus.

Ian released his newest album, “The Trestle” on CD, cassette and digital platforms on January 20, 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 should be released in late 2019.