While the name Jump Back Jake is directly aligned with lead singer/guitarist/lyricist Jake Rabinbach, the band is no one-man act. Instead, the quartet (and sometimes sextet) prides itself as being a group of players along the lines of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section or the Hawks. To cement that fact, lead guitarist Jake Vest, bassist Brandon Robertson and drummer Greg Faison, were all doing time in other successful bands (The Third Man, Snowglobe, and Antique Curtains, respectively) when they were approached to join JBJ. All it took was hearing the heavy grooves and hooks Rabinbach brought with him to Memphis from Brooklyn to convince his brethren in soul to take up the cause. It was a sound both familiar and new that the others were excited to explore. The concept behind the band was pretty simple; in terms of what they didn't want to do. They did not intend to record music on computers, they were dead-set against overdubbing their vocal harmonies, and they did not want in any way to resemble your standard over-blogged indie rock. Alternatively, the plan has always been to bring their lean, muscular swamp–boogie sound to dives, roadhouses, frat bars, and rock clubs throughout the mid-south to continue to develop and expand their musical chops with each show.
Formed in 2006, Jump Back Jake plays raw soul-flavored rock and roll with dance grooves and horn lines that tout a modern writing approach.
Their debut record, "Brooklyn Hustle / Memphis Muscle," produced by Pete Matthews at the legendary Ardent Studios, is the first release from Ardent Music, the newly reactivated Memphis label that launched power-pop pioneers Big Star.