At NYC’s Tammany Hall this past weekend, buzz worthy Americana singer-songwriter Jake Klar left those in attendance smiling and clapping, agape at his raw songwriting ability, as he showcased timeless tunes from his self-titled EP.
Klar, whose confidence and presence are much older than his 19 years, had all the makings of a future Tallest Man On Earth or Ryan Bingham opening act, and the drive to match. Listening to his smoky vocals fall effortless atop the guitar and sometimes harmonica infused arrangements, it’s no wonder Klar recently left academics in pursuit of music full time – it’s undoubtedly his calling.
Performing his brilliant cover of The Replacement’s ‘Can’t Hardly Wait,’ Klar’s weighty vocals and sunny guitar strums fit the ‘80s arrangement perfectly, as he crooned ‘Hurry up / Hurry up / Haven’t you had enough of this?’
On ‘Let’s Dance,’ his songwriting prowess evidenced itself even further, as hints of Willy Mason fleshed themselves out in his own folk pop disposition, cooing ‘When all our troubles come around again / You better hope that the music keeps playing / Oh, take the dance.’
Personal favorite ‘Where I’ll Be Tonight’ could have easily fit in the Crazy Heart or upcoming On The Road soundtracks, as Klar channeled themes of loneliness far beyond his years.
With all pieces in place and a boatload of natural talent and personal drive, there’s no doubt that Klar’s music will move people, here’s hoping it reaches the masses sooner rather than later – this kid is ready to move mountains.
Check out his debut EP on iTunes now, and look for him playing a show near you soon.
For more info visit www.jakeklar.com