Country Folksinger (and Southern Mutt) Jake Ybarra Visits HPPR Studios in Amarillo
I caught up with brilliant songwriter Jake Ybarra this week as he traveled through the High Plains. We spoke about his new album, Something in the Water — and he even played a few tracks for us live in the studio. Click the link on this page to hear the full interview.
Though he didn't have any shows in town, Jake Ybarra took a pit stop in the Yellow City for a quick chat and a few songs to serenade HPPR listeners on High Plains Morning.
Here's more about Jake and his new album from his website: "With music swirling around the house, it’s no wonder Jake Ybarra wound up singing and writing superlative songs that instantly imbed themselves in the listener. The Greenville, South Carolina native started off singing in choirs as a boy, then playing in rock bands as a teen. Ybarra (pronounced e-BAR-a) moved on to college to earn his degree in Political Science and Government at Furman University, including a legislative internship at the European Parliament in Brussels.
After graduating, Ybarra got serious about songwriting. Inspired by the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, James McMurtry, John Prine and Lucinda Williams, he turned his attention to creating music that bore his own signature. In 2020 Ybarra recorded what he calls his “pandemic project,” the four-song EP Basement Songs, and posted it on Instagram.
The response was swift. His songs not only earned him a dedicated following around Greenville, but also landed him a management deal and an opportunity to record his stunning debut album, Something In The Water. Ybarra’s evocative, emotional lyrics display a hard-won wisdom that belies an old soul in a 25-year-old’s body. The characters in his stories invite comparisons not only to his songwriting heroes but also to his favorite authors such as George Saunders, Stephen Vincent Benet and Ernest Hemingway. Armed with the heartfelt tales on Something In The Water, Jake Ybarra is bending ears and pulling on heartstrings wherever he plays."