Jake and The Fundamentals are inspired by Chicago blues, Delta blues, good ol’ Rock & Roll, R&B, and everything in between.
In 1965 I took my guitar to Detroit and tried to make a living. For a 17 year old rookie from the wilds of Northern Ontario it was like a crash course at “The University of Blues and R&B”. Over the next decade I shared the stage with great artists like Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal, Johnny Winter, Doug Kershaw, and worked with many Toronto R&B artists like George Olliver and Bill King.
Around 1975 vocalist Paul Pruneau and I met at a jam session. We immediately connected musically and made plans to put together a hot blues band. Because of other commitments it took a little longer than we anticipated.
The Fundamentals were born around 1995 and Paul came on board about ten years later. We had worked on various projects together but it was nearly thirty years before we played some blues together.
Ryan Rogers on bass and Mike Perreault on drums (The Young Lads) supply the deep-in-the-pocket grooves.
Jake and The Fundamentals have opened shows for Magic Slim and The Teardrops, Buckwheat Zydeco, Downchild, Walter Trout, the late Jeff Healey and many more. I’ve also gigged with the legendary Dutch Mason, Enrico Crivallero, Danny B., Michael Pickett, Jerome Godboo, David Rotundo, Lee Oskar, Willy “Big Eyes” Smith, Bob Stroger and many more.
Jake and The Fundamentals have released six cd’s and hope to record again in the near future. Also, I have released two acoustic guitar solo cd’s with a few songs getting extensive airplay on C.B.C.
After all these years of guitar playing it is still a thrill and a true pleasure. Like the man says: “You can’t lie down when you’re busy getting down.”