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Short Bio

Jake Farr’s voice is soft and low and the poetry he sings is straight from the heart. As a classically trained guitarist, his folk songs are laced with haunting complexity. With the release of Novella in early 2022, Jake gained an international audience and a permanent residency in Austin’s finest listening room, The Cactus Cafe. In his work with the Cactus, Jake created and hosts the Songwriters’ Open Mic, seasonal songwriter showcases, and a featured annual concert. Jake is currently in the studio working on his 2nd full length album with Justin Douglas at King Electric Recording, mentoring musicians from across the country, and putting on collaborative dream-like art shows called 'Jake Farr's Parlor Show'.

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Long Bio

Jake Farr’s voice is soft and low and the poetry he sings is straight from the heart. As a classically trained guitarist, his folk songs are laced with haunting complexity. 

With the release of Novella in early 2022, Jake gained an international audience and a permanent residency at Austin’s finest listening room, The Cactus Cafe. In his work with the Cactus, Jake created and hosts the Songwriters’ Open Mic, seasonal songwriter showcases, and his annual featured concert. 

Originally from Lubbock, Tx, Jake grew up learning the piano and listening to his father conduct choir. There were two gifts Jake received as a teenager that inspired him to write songs. First, a friend burned him a CD with songs by Damien Rice, Simon & Garfunkel, and Iron & Wine. Secondly, his late-great-aunt gifted him a leather bound journal and encouraged him to start writing.

In college, He studied classical guitar with renowned guitarists David Brandon and Pepe Romero and regularly spent 4-6 hours a day practicing his craft in the basement of the music school. It was during this period that he wrote and recorded his first two projects, Antique Shoppe (2014) and Seasons (2015).

The following autumn, Jake moved to Austin, Tx and immersed himself the vibrant musical culture. He spent late nights teaching in his studio, playing gigs on the weekends, and going to shows of artists he wanted to meet.

After years of playing coffee shops, bars, and house concerts, Jake booked his first residency with C3 at the Historic Scoot Inn (2019) and packed the house every month. Every show began with a cocktail hour and featured various musicians, poets, artists, and magicians alongside Jake’s music to create dream-like art shows he began calling “Jake Farr’s Parlor Show.” 

As the world shut down in 2020, He pivoted to creating online shows and incidentally developed a worldwide audience in the process. In one particular show Jake had audience members from the United States, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and Mexico in attendance. He collaborated with local Austin legends like Jon Dee Graham, BettySoo, Tyler Jordan and Ray Bonneville in his virtual listening room.

Currently, Jake is recording his second full length album with Justin Douglas at King Electric Recording, mentoring musicians from across the country, putting on shows at the Cactus Cafe in Austin, Tx.

What Folks Are Saying...

Jake is the heart and soul of the community we've built and a large part of our success at the Cactus Cafe. 

Dylan Smith, Cactus Cafe Booker

Jake's songs have a way of engulfing you the way a great book or film does. His use of imagery and detail conjure up nostalgic images of sweetness mixed with tension in a subtle yet powerful way.

Justin Douglas, King Electric Recording

Vivid imagery and low whispered vocals. Quite warm & intimate folk songs...

Ceasar Live N Loud

Wonderfully pure beautiful storytelling... Always dangerous to liken someone to Dylan, but we can't get around it here.

Gobsmag Music Blog