Name: Jake Penrod
Hometown: Athens, TX
Influences: Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Lefty Frizzell, George Jones, Ray Price
Recommended if you like: Marty Stuart, Dale Watson, Midland, Jim Lauderdale, Jon Pardi
While the true definition of Country Music at this day and age tends to be a bit hazy, listen to a Jake Penrod recording and there will be no doubt that what you are listening to is the definition of country. Over the years Jake has carved out his own unique sound, applying modern technique to a classic format, walking a thin line between tradition and progress. His brand of Country Music is best described as a fan once called it, “the future of the past”. With a steel guitar and a Telecaster featured prominently in the mix, it's a 21st century take on sounds from Country Music's “golden era”.
Growing up on his parents' and grandparents' records, he developed an ear for a particular style of Country music that his obsessive mind couldn't put down. “Luther Perkins on those old Johnny Cash records really got my attention, even as a 5-year-old, and Hank Williams' voice stopped me in my tracks when I was 8. From then on, I was hooked on this stuff. When I started learning to sing and play around 11 or 12, I was into Marty Robbins and Red Sovine - guys none of my friends had ever heard of.”
His upcoming album “Million-Dollar Cowboy” will showcase his skills as a singer, writer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist. His most recent release being in 2016, Jake is eager for this project's release. “I don't have anything out that sounds like me,” he says. “So much has changed since the last record, from my writing to the way I sing. I'm excited to get this out there!”
Jake is a born-and-raised Texan and doesn't take lightly the expectaion that comes with being a Texas Country artist. “With names like Lefty Frizzell, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Willie Nelson and George Strait coming out of here, people expect a lot,” he says. “The bar is set pretty high, so I'm bound to do the absolute best I possibly can.”