Jake Klar is a local singer songwriter whose music I’ve long admired. But, it’s been awhile since we’ve got together to chat. Yesterday was a great opportunity to catch up and listen to his latest batch of songs in an EP called “Witness”. This would be Jake’s sixth release in the last decade. His sound has broadened over these years adding a larger band to his songs especially emphasizing a variety of keyboards. We start the segment off with just Jake and his guitar playing his song “Rosy” from “Until The Wildfire Becomes Paradise”.
Our conversation covers his views on our local area music scene including some smaller house concert opportunities. We chat about Jake’s experience during the last year without constant gigs to play. He used this opportunity to put away music for a bit altogether to focus on other things. The more recent return to playing shows again reinvigorated him and his latest efforts show this enthusiasm. “Witness” is a four song EP which showcases Jake’s band recorded at Andy Cass’ Sleeper Cave Recording Studios. Our segment includes “Up On the Hill”, “American Dream” and “Let’s Dance” all from the EP “Witness”
Jake plays his Gibson acoustic to give us stripped down versions of “Masquerade” and “Tallyman” in studio. What a treat! “Tallyman” was recorded in a week-long songwriting retreat sponsored by Sustain Music and Nature, a non-profit which connects artists with public lands and environmental organizations. Jake partnered with Sustain in write “Tallyman” after his experiences at Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk, Ct. We finish our segment talking about the Jake Klar Band’s upcoming New City Brewery show on 11/20 at 8PM in Easthampton.