Jake Nannery is a singer-songwriter with a style similar to that of the tireless wanderer, the balladeer, and the story teller. Born in the shadows of the Mountains of the Great Northwest, Nannery has traveled the world playing shows and singing 'round campfires. When backed by his Wooden Nickel Brass Band, his shows are lively, tight and all-inclusive.
Nannery and company are currently recording their first full-length effort (32 songs so far) with Grammy winning engineer Bubba Jones at Critical Sun Recordings. Wanting to capture the energy and personality that the band has in their live performance, they hired out the studio based on the project, instead of paying by the hour or the day. "Recording with Bubba Jones and his staff at Contact Create has been a great experience," says Nannery. "Bubba has created an environment where the band and I aren't pressured by time. This allows for us to be very comfortable, and try new things, and really explore these songs as we're putting them down."
Nannery also made the decision to leave in minor imperfections in instrumental performance, or what he calls 'Happy accidents,' "Unintentional deviations from the original composition that are still musically accurate. For example, in High Time, I chuckle a bit in the delivery of a lyric. I didn't mean to, but i was really thinking about what that lyric meant, and it struck me as funny. Instead of re-taking it, we left it in."
While recording 32 songs all at once may seem excessive, Nannery has decided to release them over the next few years in different EP packages allowing him to focus on playing gigs and touring. He will be producing tour-specific EPs, with art and images focused on the towns he'll be traveling through and playing, creating that shared experience that he feels is so integral to connecting with new friends and supporters.
Next year the band plans a full year of gigs and performances around the Northwest, including Music Week in Austin, TX. "Every year I aim to increase how many gigs we play, in 2013 we played twice as many shows as we did in 2012. I'd be thrilled at the opportunity to double that number in 2014, but we'll see where the road takes us. I'm just happy to be able to do this, and make new friends along the way, constantly rediscovering how much we all have in common."