Combining groove-laden soulful riffs and brutally honest lyrics, singer/songwriter Jay Trainer draws on many influences in funk, rock, blues, and psychedelia. He possesses the unique ability to effortlessly negotiate tone and volume, moving from a quiet, almost jazzy tone to a booming thunder at any given moment. Trainer’s music pulls from his roots: Classic songwriters, blues revivalists, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers Band. But the aspect that really grabs music lovers and critics alike is the additional elements ranging from the likes of Jeff Buckley to Ben Harper. His unique combination of genre- defying compositions and free-form jams have been causing quite a stir in the local Bay Area scene.
Having recently shared the stage with national acts including North Mississippi All Stars, legendary guitarist Dickey Betts (formerly of The/ Allman Brothers), Robert Walter’s 20th Congress (founding member of The Greyboy Allstars), Eric McFadden (former touring member of George Clintons P-Funk All Stars), Cowboy Mouth and Vinyl, Jay Trainer has created a new foothold in the West Coast music scene with a rare combination of infectious backbeats and guitar driven grooves.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, singer/songwriter Trainer has found his place in San Francisco, CA. He grew up listening to blues, soul and classic rock from the late 60’s and 70’s. During his adolescence, he spent most of his days buried in the music that he would soon find himself playing in the bands he formed in college. He would go on to gig non-stop up and down the east coast, from his college days until pulling up stakes to establish himself in San Francisco in 2000.
The live show is what Trainer is known for - his performances are raw, personal and uninhibited. His unique guitar-centric approach to music is reminiscent of his idols of the late 60’s. It is clear from his latest release, The Waking Hours, that he has brought this same energy to the studio. This is evident on such tracks as “Tinseltown” and “Tiny Chinese,” where he brings the emotion and expression of his live performance to the forefront in these songs. A veteran of the studio, his “get it in the first take” approach has paid off and is bringing back a great sense of honesty to the Rock ’n’ Roll of today.