Jake La Botz has worn many hats over his life: Teenage punk, juvenile delinquent, actor ( including a part in the classic Ghost World), drifter, an apprentice to blues elders growing up in Chicago, meditation teacher, and songwriter — just to name a few. With his latest release, May 12’s Sunnyside, he’s taken all of those experiences and synthesized them with producer Jimmy Sutton (Pokey LaFarge, JD McPherson) to create his first album in four years.
Yahoo Music is pleased to debut the video for his single “Wish She Was Mine” for fans to get a taste of the new set.
A master storyteller from time spent at the feet of his grandfather and other elders, La Botz infuses his songs with gritty, deeply imagined characters. The album runs along an axis of spirituality on one side and materialism on the other, with La Botz spinning metaphors and subtle dual meanings throughout. La Botz has opened for greats like Ray Charles, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, JD McPherson, Etta James, The Blasters, and Tony Joe White. If you’d like to keep up with his schedule, check here.