Jake La Botz
|Occupation||Singer, songwriter, actor|
La Botz learned to play the blues from the last of the prewar bluesmen living in Chicago in the late 1980s and early 1990s: David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Homesick James, and Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis. He has been touring nationally and internationally for many years, and since 2006, has been known for his Tattoo Across America Tour, in which he performs at tattoo parlors across the country. His original compositions are featured in many films and TV shows.
La Botz began his acting career after catching the attention of actor, director, and independent filmmaker Steve Buscemi, who cast La Botz as a blues-singing convict in his 2000 film Animal Factory. La Botz performed two original songs in the film, "This Ain't the Way I Came Up" and "Lay Down the Bottle." In the next few years, La Botz appeared in Terry Zwigoff's arthouse film Ghost World as well as in Buscemi's Lonesome Jim. In 2008, La Botz starred in Sylvester Stallone's Rambo, in which he performed two songs from his album Graveyard Jones, "The Wishing Well" and "Tiny." Other notable film appearances include Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Walter Salles's film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, in which he performs his song "Hard to Love What You Kill." La Botz's 2015 film credits include the lead role in The Grace of Jake, an independent film directed by Chris Hicky, and a starring role in Isaac Florentine's action movie Close Range.
In the spring of 2012, La Botz starred as the satanic character The Shape in the original stage musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp with musical direction by T-Bone Burnett, which premiered at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the next couple of years, Ghost Brothers went on to do two national tours, with La Botz reprising his role as The Shape.
La Botz has been practicing and studying meditation since 2001 within the Tibetan Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is a close student of Buddhist scholar, teacher, and Dharma Ocean spiritual director Reginald Ray.
- Original Soundtrack to My Nightmare (1999)
- Used to Be (2002)
- All Soul and No Money (2004)
- Graveyard Jones (2006)
- Sing This to Yourself (2008)
- I'm a Crow (2009)
- Get Right (2013)
- Sunnyside (2017)
- They're Coming For Me (Oct 18, 2019)
|2001||Ghost World||Blueshammer Member - Blues Club|
|2002||13 Moons||Right to lifer|
|2006||One Night With You||Eddie|
|2010||Sinners and Saints||Melvin|
|2012||On the Road||Okie Hitchhiker|
|2012||Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter||Bull Run Private|
|2015||The Grace of Jake||Jake Haynes|
|2015||Close Range||Walt Reynolds|
- Kavner, Lucas (May 4, 2012). "Jake La Botz". The Days of Yore. Retrieved Apr 8, 2019.
- Doerschuk, Robert L. (March–April 2005). "Jake La Botz: Sweet Home Chicago". No Depression.
- Newman, Melinda (October 5, 2006). "Coming to a tattoo parlor near you". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved Apr 8, 2019.
- Leggett, Steve. Jake La Botz Biography at AllMusic. Retrieved Apr 8, 2019.
- Iwasaki, Scott (October 27, 2006). "LaBotz finds fans at tattoo parlors". Deseret News.
- Bowen, Bliss (November 2, 2006). "Pasadena's Jake La Botz took his blues on the road --- to tattoo parlors across the country". Pasadena Weekly. Archived from the original on Mar 4, 2016. Retrieved Apr 8, 2019.
- Rose, Chris (August 6, 2009). "Jake La Botz brings his 'Tattoo Across America Tour' to Uptown". The Times-Picayune.
- Jake La Botz Soundtracks on IMDb
- "Animal Factory Soundtrack". IMDb. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
- Ghost World on IMDb
- Lonesome Jim on IMDb
- Baker, Cary (July 8, 2008). "Jake La Botz to release 'most depressing album ever' as he prepares for third annual 'Tattoo Across America Tour,' performing music at tattoo parlors from coast-to-coast". Conqueroo press release.
- On the Road on IMDb
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on IMDb
- The Grace of Jake on IMDb
- Close Range on IMDb
- Orr, Christopher; Kornhaber, Spencer; Gilbert, Sophie (Jul 5, 2015). "True Detective". The Atlantic. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
- Okamoto, Sandra (November 9, 2011). "Atlanta's Alliance Theater announces casting for 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County'". Ledger-Enquirer.
- "Emily Skinner, Shuler Hensley, Justin Guarini and More to Haunt Stephen King and John Mellencamp's Ghost Brothers of Darkland County". Broadway.com. November 9, 2011.
- "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Presented by Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett". AEG. Sep 30, 2014.
- "Meditation in the Tattoo Chair". Beacon Reader. Feb 17, 2015.