Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Weekdays 10:00am - 3:00pm

Since 2013, The Jake Ash Band has been entertaining audiences all over New England with their lively brand of country rock. Their sound fuses trational and modern country, with a jolt of rock. This band is plain and simply, good time music.

The original line-up consisted of four Brockton firefighters and a beer truck driver friend. That’s how the name Jake Ash Band came to be. Jake is a nickname for a firefighter and ash came from…well, you will find out below. Today, only 2 original members are still in the band, Ken the beer delivering lead singer, and Paul G, a Brockton firefighter. They are surrounded by their talented friends, Paul T, Dennis and Mark.

The Jake Ash Band’s latest single really showcases their southern rock sound. “Forever Kinda Time” conjures up memories of Marshall Tucker Band ballads or Jimmy Buffett’s “Come Monday.” It’s that slightly twangy, southern comfort kind of vibe. And frankly, I’m here for it. This has just become my favorite original by the JAB. You can most certainly sense that this band has worked together a long time. It’s chemistry and comfort…it’s family and fun. It’s the Jake Ash Band. Get to know them. Listen to their music. See a show.

  • Hot New Music

    JAB’s latest single was written by their bass player, Paul. They explained, “Paul wrote this song for his girlfriend a few years ago. They just recently got engaged in Galway, Ireland and are planning their wedding. We won’t be playing, of course, because we’ll be having too much fun!

    Take a listen to “Forever Kinda Time.” Just clickthe play arrow.

  • Jake Ash Band Basics

    • Band name: Jake Ash Band
    • Band members: Ken Snow, Paul Gardner, Paul Talkowski, Dennis Cadorette, Mark Silvia
    • From: South Shore, MA
    • Current single: “Forever Kinda Time”
    • How did you first come together: We began as a garage band with a few firefighters looking to relieve stress and recruited Ken to be our lead singer. As the band quickly developed and adapted, Paul G. is the only firefighter remaining and him and Ken have been joined by Paul T. on lead guitar, Dennis on drums, and Mark, a paramedic in Brockton, on keyboards.
    • How did you get your name:  The band originally started as all firefighters, and a nickname for a firefighter is a Jake. The band name Jake Ash is a tribute to the firefighter roots, as well as a play on words for J Cash (Johnny Cash).
    • How would you describe your sound: Northeast Country
    • Who inspires you: Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Johnny Cash, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Kenny Rogers
    • Awards/accolades: 2019 New England Country Music Awards Local Band of the Year
    • All-time favorite country song:

    -Paul T: Ring of Fire- Johnny Cash

    -Ken: Dixieland Delight, Alabama

    -Paul G: Copperhead Road, Steve Earle

    -Dennis: Devil Went Down to Georgia, Charlie Daniels

    -Mark: Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, Willie Nelson

    • Day jobs:

    -Ken: beer truck delivery driver

    -Paul G: Brockton firefighter

    -Paul T: banker

    -Dennis: cymbal maker for Zildjian

    -Mark: paramedic

    • Most proud moment or moments: Hearing our first original song on the radio!
    • Crazy thing that happened in your music career: Getting caught in a severe thunderstorm with all our gear, while onboard a 15 ft boat, ferrying back from a private gig on a small island off the coast of Chatham!
    • Fun facts: Dennis and Paul T are lifelong, childhood friends!


  • See The Jake Ash Band

    Upcoming live shows include:

    * 10/2: Off the Rails: Worcester

    * 10/28: Station 8: Marshfield

    * 10/29:  Newport Vineyards: Middletown, RI

    * 10/29: Finns’s: Hyannis, MA

    Jake Ash Band live shot

  • Band Aids

    Follow JAB on their social media, and keep up to date with gigs, new music, merch and more!


  • Are YOU a Catch?

    Every week, Kruser’s Local Catch highlights New England’s homegrown country music talent, and tells you where to catch them locally and in Nashville. Click here to view previous catches.

    *Singer/songwriters with original music: Please submit for consideration on The Local Catch by emailing Kruser at

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