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Big Rude Jake, leader of the Killer 3, is a noted lyricist, songwriter, singer, musician, and bandleader with a fan base that stretches across North America and the world. He started out by forming a band that combined his interest in traditional jazz, jump blues, rockabilly and punk. The lyrical style was inspired by his love for powerhouse songwriters like Tom Waits, Jacques Brel and Berthold Brecht. Jake’s fascination for the music and mythologies of cities like New Orleans and New York would certainly show up in the mix. That idea took him around the world and back.
Noted for his skill as a blues shouter and the ‘swing punk’ sound of his early albums, he’s especially drawn to the roots of American music. The Killer 3 is a great way to hear Jake’s songs in a different context. This version of the Jake sound is more mellow, cooler, blues-y and slinky. The pared-down band gives the songs a chance to Breathe, as it were.