"Gritty, blues-inspired rock with fearless lyrics"
Origin: Chicago, IL
Soon after he found heroin, Jam Alker put down his guitar and did not pick it up again for ten-plus years. The ensuing decade, marked by extreme highs and lows, culminated in a long-needed reawakening. Now reunited with his guitar, he spins these experiences into stories, songs that explore life’s dark, gritty underbelly, without judgment or condemnation, but often with hope.
Music helped him change his life—and keeps him on his path. “Music is my therapy. I owe a great deal of my new life to my music,” he says.
He chronicles this story of addiction and recovery with his first full-length solo album, Sophrosyne, released July 2017.
His first interview on Recovery Nation radio attracted a combined audience of 250,000 visitors
His record release party packed Chicago’s Subterranean with 250+ guests
A followup fundraiser performance drew 150+ fans—in the midst of a torrential downpour
He performed on “The Roe Conn Show” on WGN Radio (video link) during Friday night’s evening drive—one of the station’s most popular time slots
His story was published on Facing Addiction
An extensive interview about his album was published by Behind the Set List
Numerous local, regional, and national radio interviews and performances
Songs of redemption and portraits of the suffering
told through dark blues rock with heavy soul
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