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"The Eastside of Fascination"

"The Eastside of Fascination...a laudable collection that unearths such notable newcomes as Jake (fronted by the beguiling Jessie Lee Montague)." - Billboard Magazine

"Everything's Jake"

"Jake[has]substance and the chops to back it up...Jessie Lee Montague's interpretation and her personal spin on the material gives a unique texture almost like a combination of Alanis Morissette and Sheryl Crow." - Music Connection

"Top 10 Conerts of '02 pop scene"

"Jake:In the great tradition of Chrissie Hynde and Patti Smith, Jessie Lee Montague proves herself herself to be an intriguing, sensual vocalist and bandleader tapping into a rich and deeply soulful veing of modern rock with classic values." - Berkshire Eagle

"Jessie Montague leaves her mark on Jake"

"Jake is a modest version of U2, Jessie Lee Montague is the female Bono." - WAMC, Northeast Public Radio

"So Hip It Hurts"

"Just Released on Jake's own Desert Dog Records,[Snake Road] is one of the best to come out of Woodstock this year...Jake offers catchy, melodious rock that's soft enough to keep mom from screaming, but hard enough to please any young, modern radio leech. And DJ's take note...if this isn't prime hit material, I don't know what is." - The Almanac


Hooked, 1996
Bloodblue e.p, 1998
Snake Road, 2001
Bridge, 2004



Jake signed their first album deal with Atlantic’s Blackbird Records. Their debut CD, Hooked, sold thousands of copies nationwide and is still one of Blackbird’s largest selling releases. Jake’s single, Heaven, was also released on the Island Records’ soundtrack for the Oliver Stone production “Gravesend.” Jake’s 1999 release, Bloodblue, took the band to the next level. After hearing Bloodblue’s first single, Evil, the Oxygen Network chose Jake as a semifinalist in its “Roxygen on Oxygen” female musical artist search and invited the band to perform as part of its 2000 Tank Tour. Bloodblue was chosen best CD at the Fall 1999 Indie Music Forum and landed the band a finalist slot in the Sennheiser Evolution Band Contest, an invitation to showcase at NEMO 2000, a track on the NEMO 2000 compilation CD and a showcase at the 2000 Atlantis Music Conference.
2001 brought even greater success. With Jake’s new album, Snake Road, they received both critical acclaim and a regional following that has blossomed into a movement. The first single “Cowboy” was placed in the CBS series “That’s Life”. The band was featured on the cover of Rhythm and News Magazine, four songs were placed in the upcoming nationally distributed independent film “Lady in the Box”, they were featured on Indie-Music.com and in the December 2001 issue of Recording Magazine. They’ve toured the East Coast extensively selling out of the first pressing of the album within a few months.
Two songs on Snake Road, Cowboy and Already Gone, charted on the Top One Hundred Songs of 2001 on 100.1 WDST as voted by the listeners. Jake was praised for there live show, listed in the Top Ten Best Concerts of 2002 by Seth Rogovoy of WAMC Northeast public radio. Also they’ve just been nominated for the 2002 Just Plain Folks Music Awards, to be held in March 2003. Jake most recently had several songs on their album, Snake Road, featured on ABC’s “All My Children” and “Soap Net”.
Their 4th Album, Bridge, is receiving critical acclaim, and has been called the "...slinkiest, funkiest album to come out of the woodstock area since the 1970's...". John and Jessie just finished building their own recording studio, and are starting to write and record new material.