Carolyn Kruse

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Jake Swamp and The Pine. Great name for a band, right? Only. this band is one guy. One very talented artist with a robust sound. The artist who plays as Jake Swamp and the Pine is Drew Zieff. The name only emphasizes the creativity that’s oozing from it’s creator.

His sound? A little folk, a little rock, a little country, a little bluegrass. But, there’s also  a whole lot of a gifted singer/songwriter. From what I’m hearing, Jake Swamp and the Pine was born to be heard live. You can feel the emotion in his guitar, and his vocals take you on winding journey, up and around bends of inflection. There’s sheer joy that resounds in the making of his craft. You can get all that just from listening to one song.

The latest release from JSATP’s debut album is called “Drive, Drive, Drive,” and honestly, it may drive you to drive. The original song is a car jam. It’s starts out reflective and tender, but builds up to where you are moved to join in. The 4x New England Music Award nominee for Americana Artist of the Year has something special to offer on those drives, or wherever you appreciate good music. Jake Swamp and the Pine’s artistry is certainly worthy of your time.

Listen and learn, here.

  • Pining for music

    Drew from Jake Swamp and the Pins says Drive, Drive, Drive is about “feeling stagnant while the world continues to move on. I wrote it from a place of frustration of feeling like I had these personal goals, and some of my day to day responsibilities were in the way of pursuing those. It was ultimately the song however, that made me want to create an album, as I thought a collections of songs written from a similar place would be more impactful.”



  • It's A Swamp Thing

    • Name: Drew Zieff (plays as Jake Swamp and the Pine)
    • Grew up in: Sudbury, MA
    • Now lives in: Hudson, MA
    • Current single: Drive, Drive, Drive from the album Simpson & Banks
    • What lead you to music: When I was in 3rd grade, like most kids, I took piano lessons. Like most kids, I didn’t enjoy practicing as much as I did just playing around. That was my musical base though, and that interest in performing and playing continued through middle school – where I picked up bass, high school where I joined an a cappella group and found a love of singing/performing in front of a crown (and also guitar to write and accompany myself), and college where I joined a nationally competing a cappella group. After I graduated college, I actually intentionally avoided pursuing a music career because I thought it’d become a point of stress rather enjoyment, but I quickly realized I’d regret that.
    • How old when you started: Third grade!
    • First country song you learned: Jolene by Dolly Parton!
    • Instruments played: Singing, guitar, bass, and also drums and piano (with extreme mediocrity).
    • How would you describe your sound: Avett Brothers meets Tyler Childers meets Brandi Carlile meets Neil Young.
    • Who inspires you: My family – they come to all my shows regardless of the quality of the venue, if I’m on at midnight…they are extremely supportive.
    • If you are a band, how did you get your name: I was originally part of a duo, and it was me (Drew) and a mandolin player named Stu. “Drew & Stu” didn’t feel like a band name with longevity. We were at an open mic at Lizard Lounge and needed to come up with a name, so being from MA we wanted something representative of the outdoors and MA, which led us to learning about the “Jake Swamp Pine Tree” – the tallest tree in MA. Then, like any good indie band name, we put an “and the” between two of the nouns!
    • Awards/accolades:

    Boston Music Award Vocalist of the Year Nominee 2019
    Boston Music Award Americana Act of the Year Nominee 2019
    Boston Music Award Vocalist of the Year Nominee 2020
    Boston Music Award Americana Act of the Year Nominee 2020
    Boston Music Award Americana Act of the Year Nominee 2021
    Boston Music Award 617 Session Song of the Year Nominee 2021
    Boston Music Award Americana Act of the Year Nominee 2022

    New England Music Awards Americana Act of the Year Nominee 2019
    New England Music Awards Americana Act of the Year Nominee 2020
    New England Music Awards Americana Act of the Year Nominee 2021
    New England Music Awards Americana Act of the Year Nominee 2022

    • Dream duet partner: Brandi Carlile
    • All- time favorite country song: Oof…it ranges…I love John Denver, Dolly Parton, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Nikki Lane, Tyler Childers, Jason Isbell…one of my all time favorites though is “Wildflowers by Dolly Parton”
    • First concert: I’m embarrassed by this…but Seether, Shinedown, Halestorem and Flyleaf…it was terrifying.
    • What songs do you like now on Country 1025: Anything by Thomas Rhett…I love “Die a Happy Man”
    • If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing: I love anything creative…I’m terrible at painting, but I’d probably try to flex that muscle!
    • Day Job: I work in Customer Success at a software company
    • Most proud moment: Releasing my debut album – it took a lot of coordination, time, effort, money, marketing, etc., and I did it as an independent musician.
    • Crazy thing that happened in your music career: I played a show with Jon Fishman – the drummer in Phish!
    • Other things you like to do: Play with my dog, hike, climb, exercise, cook!
    • Fun facts: I auditioned for American Idol and got a YES from Lionel Ritchie, but a no from Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift – LOOK AT ME NOW LUKE. In my collegiate a cappella group I won an award during the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella for vocal percussion. I’m unnaturally good at keyboard drums.
    • Mantra: This too shall pass.




  • Jake's Dates

    *2-25-23: City Winery Boston (supporting Will Evans)

    *6-2-23: Headlining Brighton Music Hall. Tickets on sale now, and HERE

    Jake Swamp and the Pine



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