Edmonton, Alta., singer-songwriter Jake Ian is leaving his band at home and hitting the road for a month-long Canadian solo tour, winding his way through both small towns and large cities alike. His solo performances are filled with jokes, stories, incredible guitar picking, soulful harmonica playing and some truly awe-inspiring songs.
The folk-country artist released his fourth album, with his band The Haymakers in March. Sad & Lonely Broken Man offers a great variance of styles, ranging from honky-tonk blues-based country tunes, bluegrass-styled stompers, dark prairie ballads and sweet finger-picked love songs. His songwriting is deep, emotive and articulate while the songs are brought to life by a great backing band.
Creston’s own Bob Gollan will be opening for Ian. The well-known musician originally comes from Windsor, N.S., and has been in the Creston Valley since 1992. He has been playing guitar and singing since 1970 and started performing on stage at the Wynndel Coffee House. His unique guitar style and pleasant voice have become a draw for many in the area. Gollan plays multiple genres of music, but will be featuring many of his country-folk selections for the evening.
Jake Ian plays July 31 at the Snoring Sasquatch. Tickets are $10 in advance at Kingfisher Used Books and Black Bear Books and $12 at the door, which opens at 7 p.m.; the show begins at 8.