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Jake will be playing his blues and cooking up some folkie stews at Corner Records on Black Friday; November 24th at 5:00, closing down the show. Corner records is located at 3562 Chicago Drive SW in Grandville. "Record albums is where it all started for me," says Jake.

Just a few of Jake's faves from way back (vinyl):
1.) Naturally- J. J. Cale
2.) Walkin' the Strings- Merle Travis
3.) Then Play On- Fleetwood Mac
4.) Seconds of Pleasure- Rockpile
5.) Fried Fish Special- Robert Gordon with Link Wray
6.) Cream- Wheels of Fire
7.) Moanin' the Blues- Hank Williams
8.) Looking In- Savoy Brown
9.) All the Young Dudes- Mott the Hoople
10.) 6 and 12 String Guitar- Leo Kottke
11.) Kootch- Danny Kortchmar
12.) Aqualung- Jethro Tull
13.) Yardbirds Greatest Hits
14.) Axis- Boldas Love- Jimi Hendrix
15.) The Blues Alone- John Mayall
16.) Autobahn- Kraftwerk
17.) Rory Gallagher- Live
18.) Blues Theme- Davie Allen and the Arrows
19.) Rubber Soul- the Beatles
20.) Hey Boys- Herb Pedersen
21.) Wild Angels Soundtrack LP
22.) Foggy Mountain Breakdown- Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs
23.) Everybody's Rockin'- Neil Young and the Shocking Pinks

ROCK - November 1, 2017

The Roomates cover of "Hushabye" is way better than mine. Doggone those guys. Check them out on YouTube.

I was blown away to see so many covers of Hank Mizell's "Jungle Rock." While no one can touch Mizell's recording some great attempts have been made:
1.) Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets
2.) Replacements
3.) Sun cats
4.) A German cover by Frank Rothe
5.) Stressor, which I think is a Russian rock-a-billy band

and the Pan's people doing some dancing to Hank Mizell's recording; a must see.

RIVERBOAT HISTORY - October 28, 2017

You might remember me talking, from a songwriter's perspective, about the value of studying steamboat history. My trip to the Texas Gulf Coast was a great time to "get away from it all" and a time of great therapy for me. Some of the things that still stand out for me (things I get a kick out of) is how a riverboat pilot had to learn how to read water. A tree stump in the river was dangerous and could bring the boat down. This was called a "snag." A ripple in the river up ahead could be a sign of a snag. Worse than a snag was a "sawyer." A sawyer was a tree or tree stump that was far enough under the water that there might not even be a ripple. In these cases once the boat hit the sawyer it was too late. Some sawyers could be detected with careful observation; a ripple in the water. Some could not.

Another thing I get a kick out of is in the steamboat world the pilot was king and had total say, even over the captain! The riverboatr captain had to bow to the wishes of the pilot!

MORE YOUTUBE FUN - September 1, 2017

You owe it to yourself to check out the old COLLINS KIDS rock-a-billy videos. "Corrina Corrina," "Peggy Due" and "Hot Rod" are a few great starters. Lorrie and Larry Collins were incredible and Larry flys high on that guitar.

Speaking of Rock-a-billy- you might want to check out CARL PERKINS' original 1957 live "Matchbox!"

And for some newer rockabilly check outbthe band MATCHBOX doin' Ritchie Valens' "Come On Lets Go."

It's not vintage rockabilly or even live but THE HUB CAPS "Pretty Little Baby Love" is a keeper.

WORK - August 1, 2017

We are put on this earth to toil and and to make things.
-John Mellencamp

Some people have said to me, "You sure are lucky." The funny thing is- the busier I get and the more diligent I am the luckier I get.
-The Jakester

THANKS - June 19, 2017

I just now clicked on my Guestbook and saw all of your great comments! Thank you so much for your comments and encouragement.


I just got news that my old keyboard playin' sideman Chris Van Dyke passed away. He was a great keyboard player, easy to work with, dependable and fun to hang out with. He could do Beethoven (Song for Elsie) as well as rock and blues. He was the cat who played the organ on "Walkin' In the Sun," Percy Sledge's "Take Time to Know Her," "Texas Flood" and all the songs on the live bootleg "YEAR OF LOVE" videos. I'm thankful for all the trips he made down to Texas and other parts unknown. The news comes as quite a shock. He passed away October 13th. He was a Detroit boy up till the end. We last played together at the Blues Fest in Oxford quite a few years back. He was the real deal.


I want to start off with a little philosophy; a story about an art book I read and a story about 2 teachers who took a tour of the Gallo Vineyard.
1.) Years ago I read an art book that had a lot of one page chapters by artists who each gave a one page bit of advice/tips. A lot of the tips were really good and many would have applied to the music business: Do what you do best, let it be known what you do, be diligent, etc. The chapter that really got my attention, though, was the artist who basically said, "It's great to have goals, be diligent and specialize but if you forget to enjoy the journey you will be totally ripped off in the end.
2.) Second, I love the story about the two teachers who were on a tour of the vineyard from which we get Gallo wine. They saw a guy pruning who was cutting off so many branches of good grapes and leaving them on the ground in the pruning process. One of the teaches suddenly asked the tour guide, "Why are they cutting off and throwing out so many good grapes?" The tour guide answered: "It makes the grapes on the vine better and sweeter."

GOLD ALONG THE WAY - May 1, 2016

Once again I highly suggest you watch the trailer DVD ("how we did it") that came with the film DVD "OPEN RANGE" with Kevin Costner, Robert DuVall and Annette Bening (2003). The setbacks they encountered in making the film is food for thought and is the same type of stuff that goes on when you are doing a recording project. Some of the set-backs can turn into pure gold (or at least add much gold to the work).


Remember when I used to post things (examples) of bad things that ended up working for good?

When I left Nashville, I thought I'd ever write or play again. I had failed. But failing was the best thing that could have happened,
-singer-songwriter Nathan Bell

It was a bad experience for a young Louis Armstrong to have to go a a youth's prison for shooting off a pistol in town on New Years Eve but it was in this prison that he was taught to play that horn!

Well, once again I am reminded about the 2008 movie "BOTTLE SHOCK" (with Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Chris Pine). The film is about the 1976 Wine Competition when a California wine (Chateau Montelena, a Chardonnay) beats the French wines. The batch turns cloudy in the bottles and so the owner of the vineyard wants to take the whole batch to the dump. He is GREATLY disappointed. They first take it to a wine specialist, who tastes it and says, "I've heard about this, but never tasted it." He told them that they had actually made a wine TOO PERFECT. He said it was "bottle shock" and the wine would be perfectly clear in a day or so, and it was.

*note: you may want to google "bottle shock" to learn more about it and about the movie. This is on my suggested viewing list, along with JAKOB THE LIAR (with Robin Williams) and the vintage German post WW1 film "WARNING SHADOWS."


Off and on in times past I've touched on Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, the inventor of Rat Fink (and a VERY influential car culture hot rod mondo) but I neglected to share about Kenneth Howard alias Von Dutch. Von Dutch's name was ever present on the scene and he was, among other things, a paint brush pin-striping master. One interesting tidbit about Von Dutch's history is the fact that his father, Wally Howard, created the Western Exterminator logo, which itself has become an icon of Los Angeles street life. The logo character, looking so much like a Zap Comix character, shows you just how much the West Coast was years ahead of everybody else when it came to art and car culture. I also find it interesting that a photograph of the Zap cartoonists is included in the book "KUSTOM KULTURE: Von Dutch, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, Robert Williams and Others." The photo shows eight of the artists, which includes such greats as Robert Crumb and Rick Griffin. But Von Dutch was so many things and his history is rich in activity, work and influence. A 1950's photo of Von Dutch says so much; looking like a sixties beatnik Von Hip, he's wearing a wAy OuT hand painted shirt, a third eye on his forehead with a long bristled pin-striping brush sticking out of each ear. He painted surrealist paintings , engraved guns and knives and set the tone for much of the hot rod custom artwork that was to follow. I know I didn't go into a lot of detail on Von Dutch but I just wanted to re-establish the fact of his importance and influence. He was the dog's bark and the cat's meow to so many. I apologize for my neglect of sharing some important history.

When I worked with Greg in Fort Worth we did T-shirts for Billy Gibbons (among other folks). Greg's business partner was Jim Hammon, who was an old buddy of Billy's. We did the Eliminator shirts, his Limo-zeen shirts and some other off the wall stuff. I didn't realize at that time the extent of Billy's interest in hot rods. In one issue of Hot Rod magazine we see mention of one of Billy's cars (in this case a black hot rod model A Ford Roadster). Also, in the book I previously mentioned, on page 82 we see Billy's '33 Eliminator mentioned. Then in another great book, ART OF THE HOT ROD by Ken Gross with photos by Peter Harholdt, on page 179, we see Billy's 1935 rat rod Ford Pickup (with '34 grille) and his 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle hard top.

I think they go together; hot rods and hot rod retro guitar rock. I hope to be able to present new school innovative material that, even though it may look back to Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly, Link Wray, Duane Eddy and Eddie Cochran, it will be a new school fresh approach to hot rod blues rock & rock-a-billy.

BLUES & TWANG - April 10, 2014

I think every effective songwriter, performer and/or recording artist takes the best of what they like out of whatever influenced them, then dishes it up and serves it.

I know that some of you have a difficult time understanding my move from playing blues exclusively to playing the acoustic "Whirling Dervish" stuff or the newer retro-inspired rock. Fear not, though; when I play a blues show I play blues exclusively. I wouldn't bait and switch. I wouldn't appreciate it if I went to a blues show and the band was not blues. Understand, though, that even in the blues there is a versatility. It's not just Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan or how many ways we can do Willie Dixon's "Hootchie Cootchie Man".
1.) Slim Harpo's "I'm a King Bee" or his "Buzz Me"
2.) Albert King's "Drowning On Dry Land" or "Crosscut Saw"
3.) Albert Collins' "Master Charge"
4.) JJ Cale's "Crazy Mama," "River Runs Deep" or his "Call Me the Breeze"
5.) Charlie Patton's "High Sherriff Blues"
6.) John Mayall's "Broken Wings," "Sonny Boy Blow," or his "Sensitive Kind"
7.) Rod Piazza's "You Tell Me Who Knows What's Going On"
8.) Little Charlie and the Nite Cats' "Don't Do It"
9.) Lazy Lester's "Sugar Coated Love"
10.) Canned Heat's "On the Road Again"
11.) Elvin Bishop's "She Puts Me in the Mood"
12.) Rory Gallagher's "Going to My Hometown"
13.) Muddy Waters' "She's Alright"
14.) Since I Met You, Baby
15.) I Hear You Knockin'

and these are blues "offshoots" to me:
"Hold On St. Christopher" by Tom Waits
"Albatross" by (Peter Green's) Fleetwood Mac
"In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry
"Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil
"Milk Cow Blues" by Bob Wills (or by Eddie Cochran)
"Think It Over" by Buddy Holly
"Billy the Kid" by Ry Cooder
"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino
"Take Time to Know Her" by Percy Sledge
"From a Buick Six" by Bob Dylan
"Hear Me Calling" by Ten Years After
"Don't Worry Baby" by Los Lobos

BLUES IS - February 10, 2013


The first blues that I remember hearing other than what I heard in the cotton fields and the jukeboxes of West Texas was Bob Wills' music; the Milk Cow Blues, the Basin Street Blues and all the bles that come from Texas Swing.

Different folks have a different idea of what blues is or how it should be delivered. A major blues magazine reviewer wrote that my stuff was more blues than a LOT of blues that's out there, but a local blues person said my stuff wasn't blues at all (and he was reffering to my Blues Guitar Deluxe CD). Add this to all the times I would get ready to play and somebody would say, "I really don't care for the blues," only to have the same person say, "That's the kind of stuff I like!" at the end of the night; after they had heard my material.

The blues is a personal statement made in musical terms which is nevertheless valid for all members of society.
-Frank Tirro

The blues as such are synonymous with low spirits. Blues music is not. With all its so-called blue notes and overtones of sadness, blues music of its very nature and function is nothing if not a form of diversion. With all its preoccupation with the most disturbing aspects of life, it is something contrived specifically to be performed as entertainment. Not only is its express purpose to make people feel good, which is to say in high spirits, but in the process of doing so it is actually expected to generate a disposition that is both elegantly playful and heroic in its nonchalance.
-Albert Murry

I love the blues and I have great respect for the blues, but in this day and age, I'd like to try to keep the ball moving forward. -Damon Fowler

When you can do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world. -George Washington Carver

It is important to remember that blues is an emotional music and is based on a musical "groove" that is meant to inspire the message.
-Bob Schnieders

If I came on with the lowdown blues like I've done in the past, the kids wouldn't dig that. But with the kinds of things I'm doing now they'll accept it and I can come back later to the lowdown blues.
-Albert King

It was Armstrong's soulful blues playing that got him his first real jobs, working in three piece bands.
-Jazz (concerning Louis Armstrong)

They learn in suffering what they teach in song.
-Shelley, the poet

As in all sweetest music, a tinge of sadness was in every note. Nor do we know how much of the pleasures even of life we owe to intermingled sorrows.
-George MacDonald

The mark of rank in nature is capacity for pain, and the anguish of the singer marks the sweetness of the strain.
-Sarah (Sadie) Williams

You can hear a good song and you enjoy that song, it uplifts you. It's almost like a dose of medicine.
-Big Lucky Carter

When I first started playing guitar it was way up in Seattle, and they don't have too many of the real blues singers up there. When I went down South, all the cats there were playing blues, and that is when I really began to get interested in the scene. I just listed to the way people played blues guitar, and I dug it.
-Jimi Hendrix

Pink Floyd, formed in London back in 1965 to play a mix of R&B and blues, were first named Pink Floyd Sound by guitarist and singer Syd Barrett. The band was named after two Georgia blues artists: Pink Anderson and Floyd Councel. As the band's music changed, so did the name.

The bands Moody Blues, Lovin' Spoonful, the Rolling Stones and even Badfinger all got their band names from blues songs.

The Yardbirds started out as the Metropolis Blues Quartet (MBQ). It was singer Keith Relf who suggested the name change, Yardbirds meant "hobos who hang around train yards."

Starting out as a Jimmie Rodgers disciple, Gene Autry cut blues tunes and covered Rodger's hits for dime-store labels until he got lucky with his hit song "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine."

Western-Swing bandleader Bob Wills was very much into black music, jazz and blues. He did his own arrangements of "Sitting On Top of the World," "Corrina Corrina," and "Brain Cloudy Blues." It is documented that he once road twenty miles on a mule to see Bessie Smith perform.

Twenty-year-old Les Paul made his recording debut playing on Georgie White's "Trouble In Mind."

Before ZZ Top, Dusty Hill and his brother played with Freddie King's backup band (for three years) and in 1969 Dusty backed up Lightnin' Hopkins in Houston.

I think the biggest problem with the blues now is there is a lack of people doing something different with it.
-Joe Bonomassa

Jazz horn-man icon Sidney Bechet was blown away by a blues line he had heard while being in jail (after being picked up for being drunk and disorderly).

These are the words he heard his fellow prisoners signing in the dark:

Tied in a hundred feet of chain

Every link in the chain was an initial to his name

Warden came early that morning for him to be hung

On account of something he hadn't done

"Oh my God, that was a blues," Sidney remembered. "The way they sang it there, it was something you would send down to earth if it had been given you to be God. What you'd send your son in trouble if he was on earth and you was in heaven."

Once I began listening to the blues and realized I was a larger spectrum of music, things really opened up for me. That kicked it up a notch. I felt that I was becoming a guitar player, that t5he blues had broadened the scope of my instrument.
-Jeff Carlisi, founding member of 38 Special

Gregg and Duane AAllman decided to form a band after catching a BB King show on a trip to Nashville

Azulado: blue-ish (in Espanol)


The first blues I can remember hearing:
"It's rainin' here, down in New Orleans
Lord it's rainin' here, down in New Orleans"
-Jimmie Rodgers, the Singing Brakeman

I don't even remember the third answer-back line of the verse but I remember the first two lines (or- the first line, then the first line repeated).

Some of you may not know this but I originally did the Blues Guitar Deluxe CD to show off my guitar playing and my songwriting (and to show everybody the type of stuff we were playing). I never dreamed that so much could come from a recording project! I have appreciated all the comments from the listeners, and I am still proud of the project (even though I would have done a lot of things differently). But, having said this I am really excited about this new material.

The BLUES GUITAR DELUXE CD won the 2004 Jammie Award for Best Local Blues Album and has recieved much acclaim and notice.

I tried to translate this from the Dutch:
"Maybe a good ancedote for the future"
"He really wants to say that we should dare innovate"
"It all sounds very good"
"Sometimes sober like somewhere on a cottonfield and then is like the rush live in N.Y."
"I can only give this tip: buy this food and a thousand times dispatch"

A fresh treat! What Jacob Clyde does is suberb!
-Erick, Blues & Company Magazine (France)

4 bottles for a True-Blues Indie release that will appeal to both Blues Guitar fans and Southern/Texas aficionados.
-Andy Grigg, Editor- Real Blues Magazine

The songs are well performed and the guitar work is excellent.
-Kristy Hanson, Music Revue Magazine

Jacob Clyde's versatility will amaze you.

This Texan-turned-Grand Rapidian who plays slow-cookin' blues guitar says he's "into doing a new blues thing." His approach owes plenty to old blues guitar greats, but he also spawns some chops of his own.
-John Sinkevics, G. R. Press

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