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Joe Jaber at Lyft Lounge, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic onTwit

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The title of Joe Jaber's new "Make It My Own" states exactly what he intended for his new release.

The Canton singer-songwriter's third release is his most ambitious and most personal, a set of five carefully, eloquently crafted Americana songs designed to offer a peek under his emotional hood while still having universal relevance. And in the case of the closing "Hold Now" Jaber has created his first true epic.

There's more where all of this came from, of course, but for now Jaber is happy to "Own" this particular piece of musical turf...

Jaber, who also works as a regional manager for Invisalign, says that for "Make It My Own" he "really wanted to put something together that was very cohesive. I love doing the rock stuff. I love writing all kinds of genres -- rock, Americana, folk, all that stuff. But this time I wanted it to be all one of vibe, more singer-songwriter, Americana, folkish. I love the emotion in that more than anything else."

That affinity comes from a diet of growing up on classic rock played by his parents, and others, as Jaber grew up around the metro area. "I'm a 70s Classic Rock junkie. The list goes on and on. When it comes to singer-songwriters from those days there's Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, all those guys. And I'm a die-hard (Rolling) Stones guy> I love the Allman Brothers, the Faces, even going to stuff like old Black Sabbath, the Ozzy (Osbourne) years. I'm all over the map. I could not imagine being a DJ from 1967-1975 -- I would love it, but there's so much good stuff I'd be like, 'What do I play next?!'"

Jaber says "Make It My Own" is "without a doubt my deepest record," touching on subjects like his childhood and challenges he faces as a father (of two) and balancing his music career with the rest of his life. "This is the kind of thing I wanted to do ever since I picked up a guitar. I see other people going through the same things; I feel like if I put my heart out there for other people to see, hopefully I can touch somebody like I've been touched by music."

Joe Jaber and the Last Divide celebrates his new release, "Make It My Own," with a performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Lyft Lounge above Hockeytown Cafe, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Ty Stone and Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils also play. $15. Proceeds got to You're Not the Only One, combating mental health and addiction issues in the metro area. 248-207-4751 or joejaberandthelastdivide.com.

Web Site: www.joejaberandthelastdivide.com

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