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Snake Road

by Jake

Jake's music runs the gamut from folk-flavored poetic to fuzzed out stormy to full-out rock n' roll fury.
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cowboy
3:09 $0.99
2. 1000 Years
3:45 $0.99
3. Already Gone
3:32 $0.99
4. Fool's Blues
2:48 $0.99
5. She
4:01 $0.99
6. Miracle
3:07 $0.99
7. Pressure Man
5:05 $0.99
8. Trouble
2:20 $0.99
9. Sometimes
3:06 $0.99
10. Strawberry Letter #23
3:50 $0.99
11. Vital Signs
3:56 $0.99
12. Stay
4:20 $0.99
13. Evidence
7:23 $0.99
14. Going Down
3:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
"[Jake is] a modest version of U2, Jessie Lee Montague is the female Bono..."
-Seth Rogovoy, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Jake is a dynamic, street-smart New York band that has created its own unique blend of modern rock and alternative pop. From growling rock to soulful, sultry tunes that stir the imagination, frontwoman Jessie Lee Montague's beguiling, feline vocals and emotive lyrics pull it all together. After releasing their debut CD (Hooked) on Atlantic's Blackbird Records, the band has achieved critical acclaim and a steadily growing regional following with Bloodblue and Snake Road, which they released on their own Desert Dog Records. Jake recently completed their 4th album, Bridge, which is scheduled for release on May 4, 2004.

Jake signed their first album deal with Atlantic's Blackbird Records. Their debut CD, Hooked, sold thousands of copies nationwide and is still one of Blackbird's largest selling releases. Jake's single, Heaven, was also released on the Island Records' soundtrack for the Oliver Stone production "Gravesend." Jake's 1999 release, Bloodblue, took the band to the next level. After hearing Bloodblue's first single, Evil, the Oxygen Network chose Jake as a semifinalist in its "Roxygen on Oxygen" female musical artist search and invited the band to perform as part of its 2000 Tank Tour. Bloodblue was chosen best CD at the Fall 1999 Indie Music Forum and landed the band a finalist slot in the Sennheiser Evolution Band Contest, an invitation to showcase at NEMO 2000, a track on the NEMO 2000 compilation CD and a showcase at the 2000 Atlantis Music Conference.

2001 brought even greater success. With Jake's album, Snake Road, they received both critical acclaim and a regional following that has blossomed into a movement. They sold out the first pressing of the album within a few months. The first single "Cowboy" was placed in the CBS series "That's Life" and four additional tracks were placed in the upcoming nationally distributed independent film "Lady in the Box." The band was nominated for the 2002 Just Plain Folks Music Awards, featured on the cover of Rhythm and News Magazine and on Indie-Music.com, and in the December 2001 issue of Recording Magazine. Listeners voted two songs on Snake Road (Cowboy and Already Gone) into the Top One Hundred songs of 2001 on 100.1 WDST; and Seth Rogovoy of WAMC Northeast Public Radio ranked Jake's live show in the Top Ten Best Concerts of 2002.

Jake's songs have been placed in feature films and network television series, and Jake most recently had several songs from Snake Road featured on ABC's "All My Children" and "Soap Net." The Band recently secured national distribution through BCD Music Group, and will have their CD's available in retail stores across the country. They are excited about the release of Bridge, which features special guest John Medeski of Medeski Martin and Wood on several tracks, and they will be touring extensively in support of the album.



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Sharon Nichols/ Woodstock Times

So Hip It Hurts

When I picked up the latest CD by Jake and saw the cowboy on the cover, I thought I’d be in for some howdy howdy. Well, I’ve been wrong before. There’s nothing cowboy about it.
“That’s me dressed like a guy,” says Jake--a.k.a. Jessie Lee Montague--frontwoman of the hip local band. “I’m from New Mexico, so I have an affinity for southwestern garb. We just picked that picture because of the cool shadow.”
That shadow isn’t the only cool thing about *Snake Road.* Just released on Jake’s own Desert Dog Records, this CD’s one of the best to come out of Woodstock this year. It’s feel-good music with substance and great production. Mellower than their first two releases, it features Montague’s expressive, angelically gorgeous vocals; when she sings, she’s definitely feelin’ it. From earnest cuts like “Already Gone” and “She,” to the edgy “Fool’s Blues” and a trippy cover of “Strawberry Letter 23,” Jake offers catchy, melodious rock that’s soft enough to keep mom from screaming, but hard enough to please any young, modern radio leech. And DJs take note...if this isn’t prime hit material, I don’t know what is.
Montague started out playing on the streets of Europe to support herself and formed Jake when she returned to the states in 1996. Joined by multi-instrumentalist/singer John Annese and percussionist/vocalist Jagoda, their hard-edged *Bloodblue* was named best CD at a recent indie music forum. One single, “Heaven,” was used on the soundtrack for Oliver Stone’s *Gravesend.* But like the billions of bands out there, Jake is managed by Jake.
“It’s like swimming upstream in the music world these days,” says Montague. “I’m not good a schmoozing at all; I’m pure artist. It’s challenging for me to try to sell, sell, sell. All I can do is get out there and play.”
Sharon Nichols/ Woodstock Times


Refreshingly pure and good folk rock music
This cd is amazing! It's a wonderful blend of folk and rock with excellent lyrics. Jake is definitely not your typical commercial band. I loved the whole album but I have to say that my favorite song was 1000 Years. Cowboy is another favorite of mine as well. I recommend it to anyone who is tired of hearing the same stuff over and over again on the radio.


Wow! For lack of a better word!
Absolutely awesome! I can not believe that this is the first time I have heard of "Jake". By far one of the best groups that I have heard in a while.


This CD is amazing! I am so glad one of my friends mentioned the band and got me hooked; I've had the CD in my car nonstop for the past several weeks. It's different from most of what's out there, in the best possible way!