Joe Hess & the Wandering Cowboys w/ Jai Baker 3
About Joe Hess & the Wandering Cowboys
Joe was born on April 26, 1976, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joe has been playing music since he was 12 years old where he cut his teeth on such bands as Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Metallica and Whitesnake. His junior year of high school he was introduced to country music while in a building trades class. “The radio played country all day long and I was stuck listening to it.” It didn’t take long before Joe began tapping his foot and singing along. Next thing you know he’s sporting a cowboy hat, wranglers and boots! “I had been bitten by the country bug.” Joe had been playing guitar for about 6 years at that time when he began focusing on learning country songs. What better time to start listening to country music than when Garth Brooks was hotter than hot and climbing fast. “My greatest influence of all time is Garth Brooks!” Other artists of the time that influenced Joe were Travis Tritt, Brooks N Dunn, Alan Jackson, Mark Chestnut, John Michael Montgomery, and Randy Travis to name a few! During the early 2000’s Joe became interested in names such as Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, and Diamond Rio. These influences are remarkably evident in Joe’s style.
About Jai Baker 3
At the early age of 7, Jai began performing with his family’s Indiana based band. Over the period of the next 8 years they played hundreds of Moose, Eagles, VFW’s, Elks Lodges, local and county fairs and family oriented festivals all around the Mid-West. This experience proved to be invaluable in the development of Jai’s musicality. Playing everything from Waylon Jennings to Fleetwood Mac, George Straight to the Beatles and Travis Tritt to Matchbox 20 and Pearl Jam. Variety of songs meant happy customers at the end of the night. As Jai grew into his High School years (Warsaw High School, Warsaw, Indiana), he began playing in Alternative and Hard Rock bands performing original music at various festivals, fairs and concert venues. He continued to hone and refine his musical sound. When you hear Jai sing today, all of these influences have created a beautiful amalgamation of color that is uniquely Jai Baker.
Currently, Jai has focused all of these experiences into the genre of Country music and in the process has realized it’s not always an easy road. Persevering through tough personal life struggles and keeping priorities in check is never easily accomplished. Climbing over the steep mountains of life and maintaining a musical path simultaneously proves to be an ominous endeavor. Through Jai’s perseverance, some momentum has started to occur. In 2012, he pushed far into The Voice and American Idol television programs nearly making the finals in both. He has recently opened or shared the stage with Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Gretchen Wilson and Phil Vassar to name a few. He also has the honor of being sponsored by the global giant Jägermeister, which has proved to be an amazing alliance. Jai is currently working on his first regional/national release. Mixing his unique, passionate voice and his Country/Rock writing style, he is sure to leave the consumer wanting more!
When you take some Country and smash it into some Alternative Rock you find the new world of Jai Baker.