Jake Roche

Jake Roche

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

If early Bob Dylan wrote songs like The Byrds and Wilco.

Biography

Hailed as a breath of fresh air in the folk genre by Lonesome Music's Americana/Folk blog, New England native Jake Roche reminds listeners of the folk and experimental rock traditions of the 1960's transported by new influences and production to be completely contemporary and relevant in our time. His command of lyrical poeticism, vocal harmony, and instrumental arranging ensure his place among the upper echelon of singer/songwriters. His distinct voice is at once artful and slightly dissonant while passionate and painfully vulnerable.

Jake Roche was a member of the Universal Republic recording act Jeremiah Freed. Signed right out of high school, Jeremiah Freed toured the country opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman
Brothers, Nickelback, The Strokes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and countless others. Jeremiah Freed's single "Again" reached #36 on Billboard Mainstream Rock charts. Their self-titled release met widespread critical acclaim.

Jake parted ways with Jeremiah Freed in the spring of 2004 to pursue a solo venture. He re-discovered the folk music he grew up admiring, in part inspired by the musical sharing of his grandmother, a teacher of piano for nearly twenty-five years. His debut solo effort Just Survivin' is an eclectic showcase of Roche's dynamic songwriting abilities, fueled by clever and introspective tales. Roche enlisted drummer and keyboardist Tony McNaboe (Ray Lamontagne, Rustic Overtones) and bassist Hutch Heelan (Pete Kilpatrick Band). Just Survivin' was recorded at The Halo outside of Portland, Maine with Jonathan Wyman (As fast As, Rustic Overtones, Ray Lamontagne, Jeremiah Freed, Pete Kilpatrick, and Paranoid
Social Club) at the helm.

Jake's diverse audience appreciates his uninhibited energy throughout his raging full-band rock shows and his acoustic-based and intimate performances. Jake Roche is an eloquent artist; lyrical and orchestral. New England radio stations WCYY, WUNH, and WCLZ spun Jake's singles including "Sleep", "Can't Keep My Money", "The Shady Tree Waltz", and the title cut. He also appeared on the television show 207 on a Maine NBC affiliate station. Jake has headlined at some of the area's most noteworthy venues: The Big Easy (Portland, ME), The Muddy River Smokehouse, The Blue Mermaid, and The Press Room (Portsmouth, NH), Bill's Bar (Boston, MA), and Milly's Tavern (Manchester, NH). He's also played at Lincoln Park Casino in Rhode Island and in York, ME venues Inn on the Blues and Gabby Sullivan's, where he enjoyed a summer-long residency.

Retail Outlets for Just Survivin'
Bull Moose Music
CDBaby.com/cd/jakeroche
iTunes
Napster.com

Contact Information:
Website: www.myspace.com/thejakerocheband
Email: jakeroche@gmail.com

Lyrics

Can't keep my money

Written By: Jake Roche

I want the health that lets you live into old age without a hitch
I want the energy of a child
so full of love for life it's sick
I want the confidence of a prize fighter, who knows he cannot lose
I want the peace of mind to not worry, and rarely get the blues.

Least of all the money
that everyone's fighting for
If you have all of these other things
than money is a bore
It'd sure be nice to live and eat
and get myself around
but I can't keep my money
when they put me in the ground

I want the courage of a lion
to always face my greatest fears
I want the tranquility like that
of a calming ocean in my ears
I want the freedom to go anywhere
I please, go wherever life leads
I want the self respect that I deserve
only I can give to me.

Least of all the money
that everyone's fighting for
If you have all of these other things
than money is a bore
It'd sure be nice to live and eat
and get myself around
but I can't keep my money
when they put me in the ground

I want a lover who truly loves me
for who I am and nothing more
I want the ambition to do all these things, without getting bored
I want the knowledge of a professor
in every subject I can learn
I want the kindness of a saint
to try and make a better world

Least of all the money
that everyone's fighting for
If you have all of these other things
than money is a bore
It'd sure be nice to live and eat
and get myself around
but I can't keep my money
when they put me in the ground

Discography

Just Survivin' --- Full length released Feb '07

"Can't keep my money" on WCYY Portland, Maine alternative rock radio

"Just survivin'" on WCLZ Portland, Maine adult contemporary radio

Set List

Over 40 Original songs as well as these cover tunes:

Bob Dylan-“Love minus zero/No limit”
“Girl from the north country”
“The times they are a changin’”
“Don’t think twice it’s alright”
Tom Petty- “Learnin’ to fly”
“I won’t back down”
“Walls”
“Wildflowers”
The Beatles- “Here comes the sun”
“Don’t let me down”
“I feel fine”
Johnny Cash- “Folsom prison blues”
“Ring of fire”
The Band- “The night they drove old dixie Down”
“The weight”
Donovan- “Catch the wind”, “Colours”
Ray Lamontagne- “Jolene”
Neil Diamond- “Sweet Caroline”
Van Morrison- “Brown Eyed Girl”
The Grateful Dead- “Friend of the devil”, “Ripple”
Simon and Garfunkel- “Cecilia” “Slip Slidin’ away”
Ryan Adams- “Oh my sweet Carolina”
Neil Young- “Keep on rockin’ in the free world”
The Black Crowes- “She talks to angels”
Elvis Presley