A product of the heartland – Metamora, Illinois – Jake Maurer has been headlining at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville since 2007. Raised on corn, Garth Brooks, and football, the Metamora High School student-athlete eventually went on to play college football at Eastern Illinois University where he earned a teaching degree and met his wife Katie.
Inspired by other artists such as Pat Green, Jake played some of his favorite “Red Dirt” Texas country songs sitting around the campfire in college. These staples, still some of his friends’ favorites, eventually inspired him to pick up a pen and start putting some thoughts to music.
After college, Jake and a fellow teacher/coach discovered their common interest in playing guitar. Jake and “Sledger” mixed their love of country and rock and started playing in their living rooms, at open mic nights, and then picked up some band members to create “Irons in the Fire.” After two years of Illinois dive bars and honky-tonks, Jake realized he enjoyed his night job far more than his day one, although he still loved helping kids.
Jake and Katie walked into the principal’s office and let him know they were leaving for Nashville the moment school ended. The response, “You’re kidding, right?” Well… Days later, Jake landed a gig at Tootsie’s and has been playing there ever since.
A singer-songwriter, husband, and father of five, Jake also plays acoustic guitar and entertains with the best of them. He loves to engage a crowd and make people laugh by saying just about anything that pops into his mind. The more ridiculous, the better. People book Jake or walk into Tootsie’s for a beer, and before they know it, have spent hours with a true entertainer.
Jake expands his tour every year and performs regularly at several festivals including the "Hawgarama" in Regina, Saskatchewan (7th year), the "Black Tie Tail Gate - We Care for Kids" fundraiser in Ontario (3rd year), and the "Summer Roundup" for Intermountain Children's Home in Kalispell, Montana (2nd year).
According to Jack Hanna of the Outdoor Channel, Jake is “a true cowboy who knows how to entertain.” The band has made it a tradition to pair up with Mr. Hanna on stage at Intermountain's annual fundraising event.
If you want to throw a party or raise money for a great cause, the Jake Maurer Band is ready to make it happen. Jake is available for private events, big and small, and can otherwise be found five nights a week on the main stage at Tootsie's.
To book Jake or to inquire about your special event, contact: