Hodges sings about love and loss in new CD
By Toby Tate
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
One of the newest local music releases this year comes from a young man named Jake Hodges, who has been playing music for over half his life and finally decided it was time to record some of his original songs.
His new CD, titled "Release Me," features 11 songs written by Hodges that make the rounds between edgy folk, Americana and bluesy, driving rock, with a recurring lyrical theme of love and loss.
"For my song 'Haley,' I wrote it while I was in a relationship that let me down over and over again," Hodges said. "'6 to 1' is a fantastic example of how spontaneous a song can be. I was just in a gritty, bold, and headstrong kind of mood when I came up with the intro riff and the words. I wanted to tell a story in an outsider's fashion, where you've got these rival guys who want to fight and then they brawl it out in an old school style."
Hodges said the song "Suffocate" is one of his personal favorites.
"I wrote that song and threw it away only to find it a year or two later and completely revise it," he said. "I was in a dreary kind of mood where I felt like I was trying to do anything I could to save a lost relationship. That's where I had the idea of this seemingly aimless road trip leading to nowhere, with no good visible outcome."
The music was recorded by Hodges at his home studio in Camden and then taken to a professional studio in Mechanicsville, Va., run by Will Beasley, who also produced the album.
Hodges' main instruments are guitar, drums and piano, but he also played mandolin, banjo and bass on the album, as well as performing vocals. Hodges said his dad, local musician Chuck Hodges, played piano on the song "Ghosts." The album cover was designed by Jim Ansell.
Along with the album is a music video scripted by Hunter Chapman and Mary Dixon of Carolina Moonlight Films.
"I let them totally run free with what they heard happening," Hodges said. "Hunter shot the video in Currituck in early September of this year. The actress in the video is named Tabitha Lopez. Hunter strongly recommended her for the shoot and he proved to be absolutely right."
Hodges, who is 18 and currently attends Appalachian State University, said that his goal is to hopefully make a career out of music, naming several people who inspired his passion.
"I can't see myself doing anything other than that," he said. "I strive to make a full career out of it and foresee myself hopefully gaining a larger and larger following. I look up to artists such as Frank Turner, Jason Isbell and Gregory Alan Isakov, to name a few. I also look up to my dad as the biggest inspiration—he's an amazing writer and singer and has pushed me farther and farther in my musical path. My friends have been so supportive of me and it's one of the main contributing factors to me having the courage to write more and more."
Hodges said that in five years he'd like to be playing regularly and building up his fan base.
"Hopefully I will have an opportunity to open for some bigger bands and play my own songs for people that want to hear them," he said.
"Release Me" is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, Hodges said. It can also be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music. Hard copies can be bought for $10.99 at CDBaby.com.
Follow Hodges on Facebook at Jake Hodges Music or Twitter at @jakehodgesFRNC for updates about live gigs.
Hodges will appear at the Edenton Coffee House Songwriter Night on Friday, Dec. 15, 7-9 p.m., and The Shed in Bertie on Friday, Dec. 29, 7-9 p.m.