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"Jake Krack is the finest young fiddler I know. Even at a young age he has already surpassed the talent and skill of many fiddlers who have played for a lifetime."
-Bobby Taylor, Coordinator, Appalachian String Band Festival (1996) (How Bout' That CD)
"One of the finest albums of old-time music this year came from Jake Krack, which is amazing considering that Jake was 11 years old when he recorded it. A protégé of Brad Leftwich and Melvin Wine, Jake's an astonishing player for someone so young. He's not just copying his teachers, either -- he feels the music. I can only imagine what the coming years will bring.
-Gumbo Music Pages (1997)
“Folk culture is a
lot like water. Where it comes from and where it goes is a matter of endless
mystery and fascination to me. In this sense, Jake Krack is carrying a lot of
water. Jake’s intuitive feel for the flow and subtleties of traditional fiddling
is remarkable. His sense of rhythm and timing is rich and fluid. And his playful
intensity is uplifting and refreshing. Still a young man, Jake is well beyond
his years musically. He continues to learn directly from older musicians,
particularly from West Virginia master fiddler Melvin Wine, and honors them each
time he breaks out his fiddle. Traditions survive one generation at a time. So
it does my heart good to realize that somewhere out there --- in Indiana or West
Virginia or somewhere in between --- is young Jake Krack, carrying water.”
"Jake and Doug are carrying on well the traditional music of their West Virginia mentors and all the older fiddlers who have influenced them. We're proud that they connected in part through Augusta. This recording breathes youthful drive and energy into a wonderful variety of tunes, from haunting obscure crooked tunes to dance tunes that make your toes tap"
-Margo Blevin, Director Augusta Heritage Center (1999) (Two far Gone CD)
"It is always a pleasure to have young talent among us, and a double pleasure when the young turn to the old ways. That closes the circle and validates our heritage. Thankfully, the best of our established musicians take a generous interest in the talented young, as Danny Arthur and John Blisard do in this recording. Together they make some fine mountain music."
-Ken Sullivan, West Virginia Humanities Council (2000) (Home at Last CD)
"This is a dynamite old-time band with lots of drive, spirit and technique. It would be hard to find a band based on a firmer foundation. It is historical and timeless, and will be treasured now and years to come, by old-time music enthusiasts."
-Bobby Taylor, Coordinator, Appalachian String Band Festival (2005) (Git er Done CD)
"He brings an uncanny knowledge and experience with him. He knows which version of a particular tune is better than another. He helps to identify tunes I may not know. Jake is contributing a great deal to making our Kentucky traditional music available to a wider audience."
-Harry Rice, Special Collections Berea College (2005) (Berea Magazine)
"The oral tradition and the passing on of a song
and story is a centuries-old custom of preserving some of our old time ways.
This tradition consists of handing down the songs and stories by word of mouth
or by the playing or singing of songs--by demonstration rather than by written
word. By continuing the oral tradition, we preserve particular nuances such as
bowing techniques in a fiddle tune, or the inflection of the voice in a song or
story, that otherwise may be lost through the written word or written
description of a performance of a tune, or singing of a song, or of a story
tellers whose haunting story relies , in part, on the inflection of one’s voice.
These are fragile treasures that should be cherished and held onto and, if
possible, carried on by our youth. We should appreciate the young souls like
Jake that have taken this to heart and are willing to pass it on. And maybe,
just maybe, your grandchildren or great grandchildren will someday hear a story
or a song of long-lost loved ones, never to be forgotten, sung or played by a
child who never knew them but by some haunting consciousness feels a connection