5 years ago, with only a $100 to his name and no place to stay, Jay Cobb Anderson packed his bags, grabbed his guitars and left the small pond of Idaho for the waters of Portland, Oregon. It was here that he became a founding member of the groups Fruition, the Bellyboys and Rose City Thorns (formerly known as the Villains). These groups would go on to pack local venues, successfully tour west of the Mississippi, and release fan adored albums. As a prominent songwriter for all three bands, Anderson has woven his musical stylings from the “along the riverbed” folk tunes to the heartland Americana ballads to the loud, grimy rock and roll ragers.
Even with the assortment of musical outlets Jay Cobb had at his disposal, he still managed to write 100 plus songs that did not fit with the sounds of his other groups. After 2.5 years of whittling these 100 songs, the best 12 were selected to create Anderson’s first solo album, “I’m a Rambler, I’m a Fool.” The album is a showcase of the artist’s versatility and ability. From the honest admissions in the title track, to the loving sacrifice and struggle of the working man in “Revelation”, to the ode to fallen friends and growth in “That’s Enough”, Anderson showcases his technical ability as a musician and singer as well as his human vulnerability, faults, philosophies and desires.