“Take the intensity of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s scorching guitar technique and apply it to Bob Dylan’s stark, earnest songwriting, and what you now have is the music of bluesman Jake Lear,” writes Elmore Magazine. Lear, who was born in Vermont and raised on blues and country music has spent the last year playing to thousands on Memphis’ renowned Beale Street, honing the hard-hitting blues on which he is building a growing national reputation. Lear’s second and latest full-length release is Lost Time Blues. Real Blues Magazine included Lost Time Blues on their list of the top 100 blues albums of 2009-2010. Jake is currently living in Memphis, TN.
Jake's Band consists of bassists David Yaffe or Vic Charles and Drummer Roy Cunningham. Roy was a member of the Bar-Kays, a STAX studio drummer as well as a drummer for Albert King, Little Milton and Little Jimmy King.
Lee Borland of Blues Matters writes:
“With “Lost Time Blues”, his second in a short space of time Lear offers something that a lot of his peers fundamentally fail to achieve: he manages to live up to and do justice to the legends that he claims to draw influence from.”
Borland goes on to say that:
“In fact, one listen of opener ‘Streets Of Michelangelo’ brings the listener back to the heydays of hearing SRV’s ‘Couldn’t Stand The Weather’ for the first time, while ‘Leave This Town’ urges to be played in a dimly lit, whiskey stenched Mississippi juke joint… With an abundance of guitarists hitting the Blues world in 2009, aiming to be the next Bonamassa, it’s becoming somewhat difficult to sort the best from the rest. Judging by this latest release however, Jake Lear is a name to keep an eye out for.”
Mark Uricheck of Elmore Magazine writes:
“Take the intensity of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s scorching guitar technique and apply it to Bob Dylan’s stark, earnest songwriting. Add in a sense of spontaneity and inspiration, and what you now have is the music of bluesman, Jake Lear.”
Blues Revue writes:
“On his sophomore album, the self released LOST TIME BLUES, JAKE LEAR shows a lot of character, striking an effective balance between the classic sounds of artists such as Eddie Taylor and post-Stevie Ray Vaughan tones adding a healthy dose of rough-hewn, dylanesque country blues attitude.”