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by Jaycob van Auken

Including the hooky rock/pop of "Seashells", the hard southern rhythm of "Prison Bars", and the wiry crunch of 70's rock on "Fullertown", SOUNDTRAK is a unique blend of rock, blues, folk & country with distinctive vocals & impressive guitar work.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. High On Aspiration
Jaycob van Auken
2:55 $0.99
2. Fullertown
Jaycob van Auken
4:34 $0.99
3. It's Allright
Jaycob Van Auken
3:43 $0.99
4. Soundtrak
Jaycob van Auken
3:15 $0.99
5. Prison Bars
Jaycob van Auken
4:35 $0.99
6. Seashells
Jaycob van Auken
3:50 $0.99
7. Live On
Jaycob Van Auken
3:01 $0.99
8. Takin' Care of Business
Jaycob Van Auken
2:04 $0.99
9. Weighed in the Water
Jaycob van Auken
4:51 $0.99
10. Ain't Goin Back
Jaycob van Auken
5:10 $0.99
11. Eugene
Jaycob Van Auken
4:25 $0.99
12. Copperdown
Jaycob Van Auken
2:35 $0.99
13. Last Train
Jaycob Van Auken
5:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Patience is sometimes rewarded. Although Jaycob Van Auken has been making music for ten years, the 2003 release of his first major studio album, Soundtrak, finally gives his fans the disc they've been waiting to wear their stereos out with. A skillful singer-songwriter-guitarist, Van Auken credits the making of Soundtrak with changing his perceptions of putting out a record. "Before this album I didn't like being in the studio-it was sort of a scary place". Says Van Auken. "Nothing ever sounded the way I wanted it to," he admits. "But this time I was working with the right people-we were all in the same frame of mind and things worked out so well."

Van Auken's style is incisive and genuine. He is a rock classicist with a singer-songwriter streak. His propensity for blending rock, blues, folk and country allows the thirteen songs on Soundtrak to move in various directions, while keeping the same destination. "The album is widespread," describes Van Auken, "but the connecting element is the songwriting". Broken down to their essentials, the hooky rock/pop of "High Aspirations," the hard southern rhythm of "Prison Bars," and the wiry crunch of '70's rock on "Fullertown" tell tales of diversity and commonalities as Van Auken adroitly writes his own story, as well as the stories of others.

"I'm more influenced by genres than I am specific performers," explains Van Auken. But even still, it's easy to swamp him with flattering comparisons. Finding a home somewhere in the midst of Tom Petty, Lyle Lovett, Van Morrison and The Faces, Van Auken is somewhat akin to acoustic folk-blues, not quite country, and can rock loud like the best red-blooded Americans. The expressive immediacy of his voice is distinctive and demands attention, calling to mind the soulful songs recorded back in Muscle Shoals, as well as the rock classics heard in his mom's van while growing up.

Van Auken, who lives in Portland, Oregon, is occasionally hired to lend his guitar-playing prowess to the albums of others. He has honed his skills with a willingness to dabble in various musical styles, as well as performing-with equal ease-solo and as a member of various bands. "This album basically runs like a soundtrack of the last five years of my life," says Van Auken. Fortunately for us, Jaycob Van Auken's Soundtrak is set to serve as another spoke in the wheel of rock's revitalization.



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The music is great & Jaycob is hot.


Jaycob's the real deal; I've seen this man put his heart and soul into shitty bars and $5 cover shows, when he should be rock royalty... See him now while you still can...

Pen & Ink

Trucks along quite nicely!
Overall a quality musical recording. I could've used two more songs but why be selfish when we can all purchase the new acoustic album at one his shows. I really enjoy that you can listen to this album and not hear the same thing twice. Very diverse and yet some how there are common themes thru out. I look forward to new material.

Frank Loomis

Jaycob is an Inspired artist. His music is raw unclutered and to the point, and the point is GREAT MUSIC from the simplicity of "Copperdown" to the Rockin "Ain't goin Back"
"Soundtrak" is a hit waiting to happen.

Peace and Grace Frank Loomis


Wow! why haven't I heard of this guy before.
Wow! I can't believe I haven't heard of Jaycob before. Reminds me of Lyle Lovett and Shawn Mullins. I'll have my eye on his tour schedule.

Steve Oliver

He's amazing.
I've seen Jaycob live several times, and he is an amazing performer. His songs are natural, raw, and real, and his talent is definitely apparent. A highly unrated artist.