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The Bootstrap Boys

Artist Statement

THOUGH THEY’RE NO STRANGERS TO REAL HARD WORK, HARD TIMES, AND HARD LIVING, THE BOOTSTRAP BOYS ARE REALLY AIMING TO CREATE A WESTERN FANTASY TO TRANSPORT THEIR LISTENERS TO ANOTHER TIME, PLACE, AND DIMENSION WHERE COWBOYS ARE STILL KING.
SMOOTH CROONING FRONT-MAN, BIG JAKE BOOTSTRAP, A MAN OF CONSIDERABLE SIZE AS WELL AS YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN ENTERTAINMENT, INSTANTLY EVOKES A MEMORY OF THE “CAMERA COWBOYS” OF YESTER-YEAR WITH THE IMPOSING, JOHN-WAYNE LIKE FIGURE THAT EARNED HIM HIS NICKNAME AND HIS HUSKY BARITONE VOICE. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SHOW, BUT IT’S NOT ONLY FOR SHOW. HIS SONGS ARE TRUE AND HONEST IN THE TRADITION OF COUNTRY MUSIC AS IT WAS INTERPRETED BY HANK WILLIAMS, JAKE’S BIGGEST INFLUENCE.
THERE’S JUST SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS LITTLE BAND OF NASHVILLE OUTSIDERS RAMBLING ALL OVER HELL’S HALF ACRE IN A BEAT UP CHEVY MOTORHOME AFFECTIONATELY DUBBED “THE DELTA DAWN”. MAYBE IT’S BEING FROM THE MIDWEST THAT BRINGS IN A HEAVILY PRINE-INSPIRED FLAVOR TO BIG JAKE’S SONGWRITING OR MAYBE IT’S THE FACT THAT ALL FOUR BOOTSTRAP BOYS HAVE BEEN PLAYING IN BANDS IN EVERY SINGLE GENRE EXCEPT COUNTRY & WESTERN FOR THE LAST TWO DECADES, OR MAYBE IT’S THE INFLUENCE OF MICHIGAN’S COLLECTIVE UNCLE BOB SEGER THAT JUST WON’T LET THEM SHAKE THAT LITTLE BIT OF MOTOR CITY ROCK & ROLL.
WHATEVER IT IS, THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE SAUCE THAT MAKES FOLKS FALL IN LOVE WITH THESE BOOTSTRAP BOYS.
FOR FANS OF: STURGILL SIMPSON, TYLER CHILDERS, CHRIS STAPLETON, COLTER WALL, GRATEFUL DEAD, NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE, OUTLAW COUNTRY MUSIC, WOODY GUTHRIE, NEIL YOUNG

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