Down the cold, lonesome gravel roads of a northern Alberta hamlet, lay a peaceful paradise that Jake Ian once called home; a place that time forgot; a place that has shaped the shady, genuine, honest, and desperate characters that find their way into his wonderfully authentic songs. Ian's deep respect for the working man and obvious soft spot for the underdog makes its way into countless themes of real life, real love and heartbreak. Ian's influences are planted deeply in the past, drawing on such songwriting greats as Townes Van Zandt, Gram Parsons and such blues artists as Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin' Hopkins. These vintage inspirations shine through in Ian's music, a ragged combo of folk, country and blues that will touch even the toughest of souls. Dubbed, "Alberta's Country Road Troubadour", Ian travels the country, preferring to perform in small hamlets, villages and country settings more often than bigger urban areas. It's within these rural settings that Ian's music thrives, playing his songs for the very people who influenced him to begin with. It is by these means that Ian strives to oppose the corporate music takeover and create music that is real; music that comes from somewhere pure and true; music that is for the people. Having released 4 albums including 2008's Sunset Estates, 2009's An Awful Sky, 2011's Honey I Lost My Way and 2012's Sad & Lonely Broken Man, Ian is currently hard at work with producer Shuyler Jansen, on his fifth full length studio album which will be released in the spring of 2014. In the mean time, Ian continues to travel the dirt roads of Alberta and beyond, singing his songs for the hard working people of this world, forever searching for that perfect melody.