Release date: 3rd February 2020
“Elvis Has Left The Building gallops in on a trademark ‘Elvis’ style acoustic riff but stretches out with great drums, bumping bass and keyboard fills and swirls and would fit perfectly over the opening credits of some sprawling American road movie.” FATEA
Fag Ash and Beer the debut album of British guitarist and singer-songwriter Jake Aaron attracted a slew of favourable reviews when it was released in the Autumn and has recently been shortlisted for FATEA’s debut album of the year. One of the most talked about tracks from the album, the charmingly hypnotic, moodily atmospheric and instantly addictive instrumental ‘Elvis Has Left The Building’ is now set for digital release as a single on 3rd February.
Jake Aaron: “Elvis Has Left The Building” has a pretty good vibe. It was originally an acoustic piece with lyrics, but the band sounded so good I left it as is, like we were Elvis’s warm up band. After we recorded it, I was downstairs in the studio making a coffee and Kenny Jones, the engineer, and the others were playing it back upstairs. We had a busy schedule and when I heard it I thought “Why are they listening to that soul funk track on the radio? We should be getting on with my stuff!”
About Jake Aaron:
Jake absorbed a lot of different music growing up, mainly from the second-hand Tape & Record Exchange in Camden Town- Adam and the Ants, The Jam, The Selecter, 80’s synth, SKA, Soul, Classical, Jazz, Prog Rock, and a dose of Heavy Metal. But as an acoustic/folk guitarist he was blown away watching Jerry Donahue playing ‘The Claw’ on a telecaster and hearing Jorma Kaukonen’s ‘Embryonic Journey’ for the first time. He released his first EP of acoustic pieces at the end of 2015 which received some nice feedback from Folk and Indie listeners. Teaming up with Hammond maestro Steve Lodder, trumpeter Steve Waterman and the legendary Guy Pratt on bass, Jake’s 2018 single ‘Give Me Your Horse’ was a bigger, jazzier number which had airplay on both Folk and Jazz stations including the BBC’s Jazz Nights. He released his debut album ‘ Fag Ash and Beer’ in September 2019.
What they say:
“Simply calling Aaron a guitarist and songwriter is a little like calling Warhol a painter. It misses the mark by miles.” Tim Carroll – Folkwords
“The Davy Graham comparison is a valid one across the album with the mix of classical, jazzy instrumentals and songs feeling like a 60s Graham album.” Marc Higgins – Times Past and Time Passing
“Once heard, Jake Aaron isn’t an artist to be forgotten and “Fag Ash and Beer” will further cement his growing reputation.” Paul Jackson – FATEA
“This next one is a treat … it is fun, it’s creative, it’s written very intelligently, it’s played very well by Jake Aaron the guitarist and the band – Steve Lodder on Hammond, Guy Pratt on bass, Marc Parnell on drums, Steve Waterman on trumpet – some of the best players in the UK. It’s unusual, it’s also gonna put a smile on your face. Think Mariachi, think 1800s, kind of Western, America, Mexico and this will finally seal it for you – the track title – Give Me Your Horse! Give Me Your Horse! What a brilliant name! I think there’s a Movie Soundtrack in this one actually … “ Linley Hamilton, Jazz World on BBC Ulster