Jakeleg, Musical Quartet
Having risen from humble beginningsa drunken open-mike night at a legendary Louisville folk havento become one of the Derby Citys hottest acts, Jakeleg is a band on the move. Imbued with the spirit, so to speak, of Mayberrys affable town drunk, Otis Campbell (for whom the band was originally named), Jakeleg romps, stomps, and occasionally weeps its way through every set.
The story of Jakeleg is the tale of four creative types who really had no intention of forming a band for any reason save for the sheer joy of playing. All four had played in bands of local import at one time or another, but at the time of their inauspicious debut at The Rudyard Kipling, some hadnt picked up their instruments for the better part of a decade.
One performance turned into another, then another, and yet another. Soon the band called Otis was playing regularly around Louisville. But when the boys finally decided to get serious, they suffered a small setback: There was already a band by that name. While they searched for the perfect moniker, the term jakeleg arose. Its a Prohibition-era term that refers to paralysis of the leg resulting from drinking lead-tainted moonshine (frequently distilled in old car radiators), and it kept both the small-town feel and the harmless drunkenness embodied so charmingly by the Otis Campbell character. The name was such a perfect fit that its now become part of the bands unofficial live-performance theme song, Jakeleg Stomp.
Drummer Barrett Cooper is a Shakespearean actor who teaches at Louisvilles prestigious Walden Theatre. Bassist Patrick Donley is an artist, a painter who runs the Louisville artist co-op the Zephyr Gallery. They had played together in Alfreds Attack Slinky Band and Mr. Grovers B.C. Band back in the days when the Louisville punk scene thrived at local dives such as Tewligans. Guitarist Jeremy Morris, a veteran of The Embittered Tango Demons, holds three degrees (two bachelors and one masters), speaks five languages, and works for Kentucky Refugee Ministries, where he helps newly settled immigrants from Louisvilles rapidly growing Bosnian and Cuban populations. And lead guitarist Kirkby Tittle (who goes by Kirby most days) survived his tenure with Lexingtons Ten Foot Pole to become a published author and editor of fiction and poetry with SarabandeBooks. All are native Louisvillians, but have lived as far away as Seattle and even France at one time or another.
Jakeleg is now promoting its newest release, Pour Me to Bed (ear X-tacy).