Jakob Freely & The Mixtape Bandits

Jakob Freely & The Mixtape Bandits

 Columbus, Ohio, USA

ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY FUNK POP. Upbeat melodic pop with country, funk, and jazz influences. Well versed in originals as well as covers. Now booking for 2009.


After spending the better part of three years touring the Midwest and releasing albums as an acoustic trio, Jakob Freely felt the time was right to fill out their sound. Taking some time off the road, the boys solicited the help of The Mixtape Bandits (a funk, rock, jazz, and reggae quartet), wrote and rehearsed new material, and in late September of 2007, ducked back into 3 Elliott Studio in Athens, OH to record their third studio release, Look Both Ways.

With producer/engineer Josh Antonuccio at the helm (Bradley Hathaway, Southeast Engine), the boys kept their original focus on melody with a new goal to produce full, engaging songs. “This was the first time we had the money to do exactly what we wanted in the studio without watching the clock...” says Dave.

A 12 song LP, Look Both Ways (summer 2008) has 8 brand new songs, alongside 4 previously released and reworked tunes. Sitting amongst the 4 previously released tunes is crowd favorite sing-a-long Dogfarm which was previously released as an acoustic version on the Elliot EP (Dogfarm Records).

The record also has a few cameos, most notable of which is Fuzzy Sammuels who has shared the stage and been employed by the likes of CSNY, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton to name a few. “He was actually the bass player for CSNY’s song Ohio...” Dave states. “Pretty surreal...it was nice to have his input.”

Thus far the biggest highlight of the new material seems to be the stompy alt/country feel of Underground, written after the boys split with their former management. “This song is really the anti-thesis of everything they wanted us to be, “ “So we obviously really like it.” Dave laughs.

Releasing the album on their own label Dogfarm Records, the boys hit the road heavy again during the summer and fall of 2008 on a 25 city tour to promote the release. Stops included several Ohio cities alongside Minneapolis MN, Chicago IL, Nashville TN, Savannah GA, Charleston SC, and Asheville N.C. to name a few.

For more information or to preview songs from the album, visit JakobFreely.com or Myspace.com/jakobfreely.


What People Are Saying About Look Both Ways

"Fans will be surprised at the new electric feel to some of Jakob Freely's old favorites. The once acoustic “Always Coming By” starts out similarly, but as the first chorus ends the song explodes with a robust electric guitar riff, practically knocking fans out of their seats. Title track “Look Both Ways” has a stronger, smoother backdrop, producing just a bit more enthusiasm. “Chase” and “Don’t Push” are two never before recorded tracks on the album that successfully blend the old acoustic Jakob Freely with the rock'n'roll vibe of The Mixtape Bandits."

-Kelly Vormelker Speakeasy Online Magazine

"Best of all is "Underground." Over a beat with a skip in its step, the band breaks out a symphony of oohs and ahs, multilayered guitars and countless hidden sounds that emerge with each new listen. It all coalesces into a shimmering pop outro that no one could confuse with the work of a patchouli-scented acoustic duo."

-Chris Deville Columbus Alive

“This is by far Jakob Freely’s best songwriting and most sophisticated arrangements to date...”
- Brian Butts Cincinnati.com

“this is a classy album that is well produced and appeals to a wide range of music styles.”
- Appluaze Magazine


2003 - Jakob Freely Live @ Cardo's (Dogfarm Records)
2005 - Jakob Freely (Torch Records)
2007 - The Elliot EP (Dogfarm)
2008 - Look Both Ways (Dogfarm)

Set List

Our sets span a wide array of popular covers and upbeat catchy originals. We can fill an entire night (4+ hours) ,rock a "power" opening set to compliment a variety of National Acts, or anywhere in between. Below is a list of originals. Under the original list there is a partial list of bands we can cover depending on the crowd's taste:


1. Fish
2. In Spite of Me
3. Look Both Wayz
4. Desolate
5. Photographs
6. Meteorology
7. Radio
8. Flying Trapeze
9. Ava
10.Mr. Wizard
12.Don't Push
13.All the Same
19.Clark's Predicament
20.Things Could Be Worse

Not A Complete List Since It Keeps Expanding
(please use for general reference)

3. Violent Fems
4. R Kelly
6.Dave Matthews
7.Jack Johnson
8. Snoop Doggy Dog
9. Talking Heads
10.Ben Harper
11.Tom Petty
12. Dr. Dre
13. Micheal Jackson
14.Johnny Cash
15. Cream
16. Montel Jordan