Session 217: Rod Hamdallah // Jake'O<- Back
June 12, 2019
Hailing from Atlanta, GA, garage rocker Rod Hamdallah has been tearing up the southeast music scene since before he was old enough to have his first drink.
By age 16, Rod was soaking up garage rock and southern delta blues and mastering it technically at a relentless pace.
Subsequently influenced by early soul as well, Hamdallah took his music to yet another level; and by age 17, he was sharing the stage with influences such as blues prodigy Sean Costello, Jack White mentor Dexter Romweber and many, many more.
The elements in rod's original musical are rooted in blues, garage and early soul. Dark storytelling and american roots music play a big part in his songwriting as well. He creates a sound that can be likened to such artists as Flat Duo Jets, Captain Beefheart and the Black Keys.
Think about it, Hamdallah’s debut EP, was released May 1st, 2014. it is a wailing garage-rock stomper with bluesy, lo-fi vocals all throughout its five tracks. The single "Think About It" will keep your head bobbing with its dirty guitar and punk rock attitude, all while his soulful vocals thread throughout.
"Carry You Home" features Colonel J.D. Wilkes, of the Legendary Shack Shakers, a band rod has toured with worldwide. Wilkes adds both banjo and an almost-dreamy, wurlitzer piano to this bluesy western tune.
Crafting a sound from personal experience, dynamic variation and melodic vocals, Rod Hamdallah stands poised to take this show on the road… and around the world! Because, for Rod, hunger is his main hallmark. It is an undeniable quality in his soul.
Jake’O is a 25-year-old-soul with the spirit of an aged blues man and talent of a seasoned rocker. He consistently amazes his audiences with his modern-retro originals and his eclectic arrangements of blues, rock 'n' roll, and R&B.
His enthusiastic entertainment style transforms a 'routine performance' into a experience that the audience are unable to forget. When he takes to the stage, his greasy guitar licks and his booming dynamic reverberating-vocals captivates the crowd and enraptures them. His strikingly handsome appearance coupled with his flashy stage presence and ability to create original compositions makes him a 'triple threat'.
"These days, as an up-and-coming act, he graces the stage with a vintage blue guitar, and plays a blend of blues, R&B, and rockabilly. You might see him wearing a matching button up shirt and vest with dress shoes, looking like a flashback to the days of Sam Cooke and Nat King Cole."~WiscNews
"From the first, song he brought a stage presents and enthusiasm that just captured the audience attention. He just has an oracle energy that draws you to your feet. You really need to experience his performance. Yes it is an experience, he has the ability to make you feel like every song he is performing just for you. He has that star quality about him. He is a handsome young man that I think the ladies like. He sings plays guitar and dances the entire show. His music has many styles combined, some rock, blues, soul, and a touch of country --all combine his style. He puts on a show that is family friendly but definitely not kid music but his beats do make the kids dance as well as adults."~ROCKERVERA.com