Jake has been playing music for over ten years. His first musical experiences were singing in his grade school choir. In high school, he began playing guitar and writing songs. Jake now splits his time between playing harmonica and writing songs.
Bob Dylan brought Jake to the harmonica. After a few years of imitating Dylan's straight-harp, rack-style playing, he began studying with diatonic harmonica master and revolutionizer Howard Levy. Through Howard's online harmonica school, he acquired the vast array of technique and understanding of the instrument necessary to play in a variety of styles, including blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and beyond. Jake plays harmonica in several bands around Louisville, including Jack Rabbit & the Dirty Hares, the Brent Mathis Band, Crittenden & The Free Estate, Bottom Sop, and Tyler Lance Walker Gill. Jake continues to study with Howard and recently attended the 2016 SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica) conference. Jake has been teaching harmonica for the last year at Maxwell's House of Music in Jeffersonville, IN. He loves teaching all levels and invites everyone to dust off that harp they have laying around and start playing!
As a guitar player, Jake's style grew primarily out of country blues legends such as Mississippi John Hurt, Willie Brown, Skip James and countless others. The guitar style of country pickers such as Doc Watson and Merle Travis, as well as the picking and songwriting of Texas songsmiths Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Blaze Foley, have influenced Jake immensely. These roots combined with his eccentric harmonies add up to a unique style firmly grounded in tradition. His debut EP is forthcoming.
Jake is available for harmonica recording/live performance, as well as individual/group lessons. Jake has also performed as a solo artist at everything from weddings to farmer's markets, from crowded bars to quiet restaurants, from big stages to little street corners. Whatever the event or venue, Jake can provide the proper entertainment. Feel free to send us a message through any of the contacts below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
For information about scheduling harmonica lessons, please contact Jake directly via email or call him at 502.418.5655.
Thanks to Lou Tingle and Perrie Juran for snapping these photos and giving us permission to use them