“Keeping the Roots Alive”
There’s no doubt that Jake Penrod and his Million Dollar Cowboys are doing everything just right to keep the roots of traditional country music not only alive, but also thriving. One look at the lanky young man in his suit, tie and Stetson hat brings to mind the one and only Hank Williams. When Jake sings his first note, you’re swept into the great Honky-Tonk sound reminiscent of Hank, Ernest Tubb, and Faron Young.
Wait, a young artist bringing us music in the style of such early pioneers? Yes! Among Jake’s influences are the above-mentioned artists along with Ray Price, Bob Wills, and Webb Pierce. In speaking of his idols, he says, “There were a lot of great ones before me. There’s still a lot you can do with what they started. If Country Music is going to carry on, you have to keep the roots alive.” Jake is so rooted in the tradition of Honky-Tonk that he is known in music circles as the King of Texas Twang, a moniker that is befitting someone with the dedication he’s shown to the genre.
In addition to singing, Jake is an extremely talented and versatile musician. In fact, he plays a total of 14 instruments: guitar, piano, organ, trumpet, harmonica, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, accordion, both pedal and lap steel guitar, bass, and last but not least…bagpipes. To say he is gifted would be an understatement. His talent doesn’t end there, however. Jake is also a proficient songwriter with over one hundred country songs to his credit. Just to keep things interesting he’s also composed two military marches and several instrumentals for the steel guitar.
One listen and one wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that some of Jake’s earliest appearances and gigs were in Hank Williams Tributes. Within two years he had researched the legend so much that he was able to write Hank Williams Remembered, his one-man show in which he narrates and sings 22 classic Hank Williams songs. Along with that, a two-disc CD set, which features the 22 songs from the show, is available.
Jake’s first EP, What I Mean When I Say Country, (2012) available only for download contains 5 songs that will have you double checking to see if you’re really listening to a new young artist and not one of the pioneers who have so clearly influenced his music.
His CD Closer To Me (2013) features 12 original songs. The title cut, along with “Can’t You Hear My Heart a-Breakin’?” and “The Girls Next Door in Austin” make you want to play the album over and over. Jake, proving his gift of music extends beyond his voice, played every instrument and wrote all of the songs on this album.
Although playing mostly throughout his home state of Texas, Jake is making quite a name for himself in the world of traditional country music. His songs are played and requested frequently on regular radio and Internet radio stations throughout the country. Recently, at the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Awards he was nominated for and won the 2015 Will Rogers Award for Male Artist of the year in the Pure Country category. It’s an honor both well earned and well deserved in a category filled with several of today’s best and respected independent traditional country artists.
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