Jake La Botz

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Jake La Botz (born November 23, 1968) is an American blues singer-songwriter and actor from Chicago, Illinois, United States. He is the son of prominent Ohio socialist activist Dan La Botz, who ran for Senate in 2010. La Botz learned to play the blues from the last of the prewar bluesmen living in Chicago in the late 1980's and early 1990's: David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Homesick James, and Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis. Since 2006, he has been known for his Tattoo Across America Tour, in which he performs at tattoo parlors across the country. La Botz began acting after catching the attention of actor, director, and independent filmmaker Steve Buscemi, who cast La Botz as a blues-singing convict in his 2000 film Animal Factory. La Botz performed two original songs in the film, “This Ain’t the Way I Came Up” and “Lay Down the Bottle,” both featured on his album Original Soundtrack to My Nightmare. In the next few years, La Botz appeared in Terry Zwigoff’s arthouse film Ghost World, starring Buscemi along with Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson, as well as Buscemi’s Lonesome Jim, featuring Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler.
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