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Jake La Botz


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Jake La Botz was conceived while his parents listened to a record by Texas bluesman and sharecropper Mance Lipscomb.

Raised in the city of Chicago, Jake was exposed to its thriving multicultural music scene early on. He attended public school through the ninth grade and then discovered punk rock. The punk scene was a natural place for a misfit kid to end up in the 80s. He identified with the emotional rawness of the music and got a feeling of belonging somewhere. He later got that same feeling hanging around with some of the bluesmen. La Botz moved around the country working construction jobs, hanging out at punk shows, hobo camps and libraries. At 16 he started banging on a guitar…

Whenever back in Chicago, he spent his Sunday mornings hanging around and occasionally busking at the famed westside flea market on Maxwell Street. There, he got to know the reigning bluesman on the scene, Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis who was to become a close friend and mentor. Still a teenager at the time, he would sneak into clubs to hear other blues legends such as Homesick James and Honeyboy Edwards, who he later spent a great deal of time with both on and off the stage.

With the encouragement of his mentors, Jake began to play professionally. He worked the bars, streets and train tunnels of Chicago. Sporadically, he would venture back out on the highways, making roadtrips to the Mississippi Delta and other parts of the South where he played on the streets and in local juke-joints. La Botz continued to wander the country’s backroads and byways with an occasional trip to Europe.


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  • rabich22

    yep! animal factory! very good film with edward furlong willem dafoe mickey rourke danny trujo...

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Meecrob39

    First heard him in Animal Factory.

    26 Jul 2010 Reply
  • NosFeraTyr

    True, true...

    10 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Vio7

    I found about this guy hearing he sing in Rambo IV. Googled for the lyrics and realized he was a singer. Downloaded his songs a realized the he's great. You, Sir Botz, are one talented motherfucker. I hope he does well, he deserves it.

    25 Dec 2008 Reply

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