Jake La Botz hit the road at fifteen. He found employment as a roofer, boilermaker, factory worker and obit writer. In the midst of this, he learned how to play guitar. He played on the streets and in the juke joints of New Orleans, Chicago, and the Mississippi Delta, finding kinship with some of the last of the pre-war era bluesmen: David “Honeyboy” Edwards, “Homesick” James, and “Maxwell Street” Jimmy Davis.
La Botz has become known for his “Tattoo Across America Tour,” where he tours the country performing at tattoo shops and as an actor in films in which he sometimes sings his originals songs: RAMBO dirirected Sylvester Stallone, ANIMAL FACTORY directed by Steve Buscemi, and others.
Jake has toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe and has opened for Ray Charles, Etta James, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, JD McPherson and a host of other greats. Jake’s Hi-STYLE Records CD, “Sunnyside,” was produced by JD McPherson’s bassist, Jimmy Sutton. Needless to say, if you’re a fan of JD, you’re gonna really dig this show!