Jacob Blazer releasing new album at The Kent Stage

By Kelly Maile | staff writer Published:

Jacob Blazer seems to find all the right words to say on his new EP, "I Am Jacob."

The EP features five new songs that reflect the singer-songwriter's new approach to make simple, lighthearted and honest music.

"My mission with this EP was just keep it short," Blazer said. "I think people's attention spans are different from what they once were. I wanted to give people a compact idea of who it is that I am and what I'm doing right now."

Blazer, a native of Kent but a current resident of Atlanta, will release his new EP at the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main Street, in Kent on at 9 p.m. Saturday.

For more than ten years, Blazer was the frontman of Ohio band Skinny. He shared stages with bands like Dave Matthews Band and Zac Brown Band. However, two years ago, Blazer felt compelled to make new material.

"It needed to happen," Blazer said. "It was a way to say I've been doing this for years now and I've become something now that I wasn't back then. It was the stamp of progression for me as a musician."

"I Am Jacob" is a blend of quirky, sincere, relative music with a Bruno Mars-like vibe.

"There there's a lot of doo-wop and it has kind of an old school 50s vibe, but done in a modern way," Blazer said. "I think it draws the line around who I am. It's as if you just came and saw me play on the couch too, you know what I mean, kind of real and honest."

Compared to his other albums, Blazer said the new EP is more mature.

"This is the first album I ever did by myself," Blazer said. "It's kind of like the first time you say something, you want to say something very sincere. Well that's true, but I'm not just a sincere person. I'm a drinker and I'm a disaster a lot of times on stage and in my career. This album is finally just honest. I feel like this album says, 'This is me.'"

Blazer, who has spent the last four years performing at nearly every venue on the east coast with his band the Good People, will perform at the Kent Stage for the first time on Saturday.

"The last four years I have just been establishing myself as a artist and getting out there and playing as much as I possibly can," Blazer said. "I basically time my tours so that they fall and work for my benefit. This one was designed to bring me back home for the holidays."

The party will feature Jacob Blazer, drummer Matthew Clark and local guest bass player Matt Vick.

Blazer will perform new songs off the EP along with some modernized songs off his old albums.

Tom Simpson, the co-owner of the Kent Stage, has been waiting for Blazer to play the Kent Stage for years.

"I knew Jacob when he was a student at Kent State," Simpson said. "I was the advisor for his fraternity, Sigma Nu. We've been talking about him playing here ever since the Kent Stage opened and then he called and said I'm coming up during Christmas. It worked out perfect."

Simpson expects a big crowd Saturday night for the release party.

"I'm looking for a couple hundred people," Simpson said. "Jacob is a smart, talented boy and some of his friends who are known in Kent will be playing with him. It will be a great local show."

Special guests Roger Hoover and the Hurt will open for Blazer at the party.

Tickets are $5 and Blazer's EP will be available for $5 at the show. For more information, call 330-677-5005 or visit online at www.thekentstage.com. To check out more on Blazer's new EP and tour dates, visit www.jacobandthegoodpeople.com

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1123 or kmaile@recordpub.com

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