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Cousin Jake brings attitude to Jordan

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Nobody knows what made Cousin Jake so irate — maybe it's because none of the members are actually named Jake — but whatever the reason, it's clear that the effects of the madness have reached a boiling point.

The three-piece Syracuse-based band has been raging on the stage for at least 18 years, but its current iteration has been locked in for the last six.

"We're a high-energy band that like to play for the audience," founding member and lead guitarist Dave Cook said. "We try to play as many shows as we can and just make sure everybody's having a good time."

Along with Cook's guitar skills, Cousin Jake whips local and nationwide audiences into frenzies with bassist Bob Volk's growling vocals and the beats of Don "the Angry Drummer" Gillette.

Cook said attendees to the band's Saturday night show at Keg's Canal Side Event Center in Jordan can expect a fine mixture of classic rock mainstays and the band's original songs.

That fundamental inspiration is clear in Cousin Jake's playing, which features a blues-leaning mixture of smoothly sliding guitar licks and smoky voices that at times reach classic Allman Brothers levels.

With its cruising, down-and-dirty style, it's no surprise that the band is a hit with the biker scene, and over the years has played some of the bigger motorcycle festivals.

In 2001, Cousin Jake released its first CD, "Rock and Roll That Relates," followed by "Upstate Boogie" and "Flying Machine." A live recording is also available for purchase on the band's website.

Staff writer Nathan Baker can be reached at 282-2238 or Follow him on Twitter @CitizenBaker.


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