By Aaron Wagner
Jake Rose is a rising country artist who most recently dropped a new EP in Tractor Town. The EP features three songs that gives fans and newcomers alike a glimpse into the artist Rose aspires to be.
Like many artists, Rose grew up listening to a wide range of music and artists, all of which have influenced his music in some capacity.
“I grew up listening to tons of southern rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Charlie Daniels, 38 Special, Molly Hatchet, Pirates of the Mississippi, as well as classic rock acts like John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, the whole classic rock scene really.”
“Growing up on a farm, country radio is all that played in the tractors which I spent many hours in. Some of my favorite artists were, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn. I also listening to artists like Eminem, Slipknot, Taylor Swift, Nirvana, Sublime, Metallica, I have always had a big appetite for all music.”
While country music was always in his DNA, he didn’t take a direct route to becoming a country artist, rather Rose was part of a rock band for years leading up to his solo artist career.
“I come from a generation that listened to everything, I would have a burned CD with a Tim McGraw song, a Metallica song and a Jay Z song on it. I always loved the high energy of rock music but as a songwriter I’ve always gravitated towards story telling.”
“I remember being backstage at an Eric Church and Jason Aldean show at Nissan stadium in Nashville, watching 60k fans sing a long, both of their bands with tattoos and mohawks putting on a high octane rock type show. I knew right then that felt like EXACTLY what I wanted to do, the best of both worlds. I got to perform starting in bars, clubs, theaters to arenas with my rock band. I learned how to win over a small club or a big arena, how to command an audience and put on a high energy show, I think that’s what differentiates me in the country field is my background in rock.”
When asked if he’s a songwriter or an artist first, Rose shares that while they go hand in hand, he would describe himself as an artist first.
“I’ve always loved performing and connecting with people through music. It started a young age playing covers at school events and parties. Covering Tom Petty, Nirvana, Skynyrd.
“For me being an artist, is a chance to make the music come to life, where I can be the voice of the song and story I’m trying to tell.”
“At a young age I had decided I wanted to write my own original songs, and I haven’t stopped since, it’s a never ending challenge and passion of my mine. I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing songs. “
One of Rose’s biggest songs to date is “Sleeves,” as the song has over 1.6 million streams on Spotify. Singing about his own tattoos and the special meaning behind them, it’s the type of message that makes country music so special.
“Sleeves has sort of defined me as an artist up until now, it’s an autobiographical story of my own tattoos and why I got them. It’s authentic and every word of it is true. I think people can hear that honestly when they listen to the song and that resonates with them, people like genuine and real. I think anyone out there who’s had a tattoo, or even those who haven’t, often wonder why people get certain tattoos, or folks that have them feel the need to explain them when people look on in wonder. This is my personal story but I know everyone has their own version. This is the song I’m most proud of to date. “
Most recently, Jake Rose has followed up the success of “Sleeves” with his new three-track EP titled Tractor Town. Each song has a different message but they’re each the type of song you can picture yourself singing along to, rolling around town with the windows down.
“Over the past year or so I’ve been lucky to open up for acts like Jon Pardi, Billy Currington, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, etc. At the beginning of the show the audience is sitting down and have no idea who I am, my goal is always to have them standing on their feet and be singing along by the end. I’ve gotten to road test these songs, “Tractor Town”, “Better in a Bar” and “Cold Beer & Pretty Girls”. An audience is the best A&R for your songs, you can tell very quickly if the songs are reacting or not.”
“These three songs tell three different stories that all come from an authentic place for me. “Tractor Town” is a song about my small hometown of Hamel, Minnesota. Lyrically I just wanted to incapsulate what the feeling is like growing up on a farm in a small town. How you spend your life trying to get out, but by the end all you want to do is be back there in that beautiful simple life.
““Better in a Bar” was written with 2 other artists, Canaan Smith, and Hunter Phelps along with another great songwriter Nick Donley. The title popped out of the sky and there were no better people on earth to write a song about how good beer tastes in a bar!”
“Finally, “Cold Beer & Pretty Girls” was inspired by opening for Billy Currington at Summerfest in Milwaukee. As Billy took the stage that night, all I could see was a sea of pretty girls drinking beer singing along to every song. I wanted to write a song that felt like that moment.”
Make sure you give these three new songs a listen as this country riser is about ready to take off and make a name for himself. Something is telling me that it won’t be long until you hear him on your favorite country radio station.