“High octane Bob Dylan/Stevie Ray Vaughan fueled blues…. Lear's inspired heart and soul makes “Love and Charm” one of the best blues albums you’ll hear this year - and it's straight out of Binghamton.”
***1/2 stars (outof 4) - Dave Edick – Press and Sun Bulletin 2007
Jake Lear is an American blues musician. He is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who is a regular at clubs and festivals on the American blues scene. He has just released his first album LOVE AND CHARM to rave reviews.
“Blues magic flows through Lear.” – Maryville Times – Maryville, Tennessee.
“Lear is a guitar god influenced by everyone from Buddy Guy to Jimi Hendrix.” - L Magazine
Jake Lear has spent the last year playing club dates and festivals from New York to Mississippi. He has opened for or played with the likes of Anson Funderburgh, David Lee Durham, Bill Abel, Wesley Jefferson, Paul Geremia, Eddie Shaw And The Wolfgang, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Terry Harmonica Bean and Monroe Jones. In June of 2007 Jake independently released his first album LOVE AND CHARM recorded by Scott Fleetcher at Panda Records in Binghamton, NY. The album features Carlos Arias on bass, Pete Ruttle on harmonica and Brad Gordon on drums. Love and Charm features nine original tracks by Lear and Lear puts his own spin on songs by Elmore Jame's ("Sure Enough I Do") Richard Rabbit Brown's (James Alley Blues) Robert Johnson's (Dust My Broom) and Bob Dylan's (Lord Protect My Child).