Posted on 05/15/2018
Aspiring Country Artist Jake Dow

Nashoba Tech grad and aspiring country artist Jake Dow hands School Resource Officer Joseph Eracleo of Westford a signed copy of his new CD during Jake’s recent visit to his alma mater (left). Jake Dow spends a few minutes with Music Instructor Laura Lamore of Dracut during Jake’s recent visit to his alma mater (right).

When (or maybe that’s if) Jake Dow makes it big in the world of country music, his classmates at Nashoba Tech can say they knew him when.

The 18-year-old Ashby resident has a dream that one day, he’ll be filling arenas like Chris Young or Brad Paisley or Florida Georgia Line or any of the other country-western acts he likes.

“That’s what I aspire to be,” he said.

On the day Dow graduated from Nashoba Tech, a sunny Saturday in June 2017, he packed his guitars into his car and drove to Philadelphia to audition for “The Voice.”

That was after he had already won the North American Country Music Association award for Male Vocalist of the Year and Male Entertainer of the Year.

Though “The Voice” didn’t work out, it also didn’t dissuade Dow from pursuing his dream. He cut a CD, called “Stuck on Repeat,” at a friend’s recording studio and released it in March. The CD features 10 mostly uptempo songs much in the style of Paisley and Young.

Dow stopped by Nashoba Tech one recent day to meet with former classmates and teachers and shop his CD.

He studied Plumbing & Heating at Nashoba Tech and still works in the plumbing field.

“I’m plumbing by day and playing music by night,” the always-smiling Dow said while greeting students and former teachers in the cafeteria.

Jake started playing guitar when he was 7 and taking voice lessons when he was 10. He trains at Nashua Community Music School, for which he recently played a benefit concert at Alpine Grove in Hollis, N.H.

He also performs regularly at Bailey’s Bar & Grill in Townsend as he continues to climb the ladder that he hopes will lead to the Grand Ole Opry. He’ll keep strumming and singing — and smiling — until the day he makes it as big as his idols.

“It’s definitely something I want to do,” he said.