Jake Loban~ Q&A!!!

1.     Hi Jake, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? I’m originally from San Diego, CA. I lived there my whole life before moving to Nashville 4 years ago. I spent my younger days traveling the country playing in punk rock and rock n’ roll bands, and didn’t really start playing country music until my mid 20s. I don’t come from a musical family and when I was a kid I wanted to be a professional skateboarder. When I was 13, I had 7 operations on my right eye and that’s when I started playing guitar. I’m still blind in that eye to this day. 
2.     What made you want a career in country music? I never thought about having a career in music because I didn’t think it was possible for me. It’s something that happened organically and I’m so grateful that it did. When I moved to Nashville I still had a “real job” and didn’t intend on pursuing music. I did a couple open mic nights though, and sat in with some friends at their gigs downtown. One gig led to another and it quickly became my full time job. I love Nashville because it’s one of the only cities in the world where you can make a living playing music.

3.     How did you come up with the name “Saloon Sessions,” for your brand-new album and what is your favorite song off the album? The Red Rose Saloon is an old shed in my backyard that I converted into a bar. It’s a great space to hang out with friends, jam, or listen to music. I do a lot of writing in there late at night by myself, which is where the title came from. My favorite track off the album is probably “Confession,” which was recently spotlighted in American Songwriter.

4.     How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?Honest/Raw/Authentic

5.     If you could sing a duet with any singer or group who would it be and why? I would love to sing a duet with Connie Smith or Emmylou Harris. They’re both amazing.
6.     What is your recording process like when working on a new song or album? The recording process is always changing for me. For Saloon Sessions I recorded the entire album by myself in my own home. It was definitely a challenge but felt good to complete it. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do ever since hearing Bruce Springsteen’s album Nebraska, he had a similar approach to that record. 
7.     What are a few of your favorite venues or events to play at? The Nashville Palace and Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon. I play at both of those venues every week, they’re like home to me.

8.     Do you have any rituals before you play a live show? A shot of Jack Daniel’s and a Coors Light.

9.     What is one of your favorite quotes? Right now it’s a lyric off the latest John Moreland record: “Shame is a cancer, go easy on your heart.”

10.  Is there anything else you would like to share? My new record Saloon Sessions is out now and I want to thank everyone for the love and support so far. The response has been overwhelming and I’m so grateful. Also, I play at The Nashville Palace and Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon every week, come say hi if you’re in Nashville! 

Jake Loban~ “Artist Spotlight”

            Jake Loban has been moving across the country playing music since before he could drive. He has been living in Nashville (aka: Music City) since 2016, he drove his 1963 Ford Falcon around the city to play at world-famous honky-tonks each day. The San Diego local documents a love illustrated by the love of DYI roots and the greatness of Americana aesthetics. Loban songs express his admiration for craft and hard work while sharing the highs and lows of living a journey worth sharing and creating music about. Loban’s debut single, “Dancing With Ghosts,” came out in January 2020. His first full-length album, “Saloon Sessions, was released 6 months after. 

            Loban was once a Southern California skateboarder oddball, who found his true calling when he first discovers the music Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. At only 13, Loban stopped riding his skateboard and got his hands on a guitar (the result of undergoing 7 eye surgeries that left him blind in one eye) and life as he knew it would be changed forever. His life is that of “Old Nashville Modern,” as he travels through town and to performances in his 1963 Ford Falcon and continues to have the musical spirit of a Country outlaw background. 

            Loban’s debut song, “Dancing With Ghosts” and his first album “Saloon Sessions,” are both available on all streaming music platforms. If you would like to find out more about Jake Loban then check out his website at (www.jakeloban.com). 

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