In the late 70's Jake made the move from Kelowna to Calgary to
join Mike Reno of Loverboy to play guitar for the rock band Spunk.
Together they played mostly one-nighters honing thier stage show.
After a year Jake went on to play with a number of Calgary area
During this time he discovered his second love drag racing. Actively
pursuing his passion Jake was a member of the NHRA burning fuel,
killing time and smoking rubber. An activity he still enjoys today
with his one-off 810 HP CJ5 Jeep.
Moving to Vancouver in 1989, Jake worked with several club bands
around the lower mainland.
In 1991, Jake formed Appaloosa with the original members Henry
Crevier, Basil Watson and Derrick Osborne. After many incarnations,
the band has evolved to its current state. And still rocks today
with some of the biggest names in show business: Brad Paisley, Dwight
Yoakum, Pam Tillis, The Late and Great Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart
and many more.
Besides being one of the most solid all-around guitar players in
the business, Jake also sings lead vocals and is an accomplished
sound technician often working with large-scale production companies
as a tech and consultant.
Today, Jake and his beautiful wife Jo and their two adorable little
girls Mikaela and Erica live in Sardis, about an hour East of Vancouver.