FIDDLIN JAKE KRACK

Jake's Bio

- Twenty eight years old

- Currently - Americorp Vista Special Projects Coordinator

- Individual Artist Coordinator - Culture and History Department, Charleston, WV

- Graduate of Berea College 2007

- First WV student to receive$25,000 AXA scholarship

- Nine professionally engineered CDs available for purchase

- Internship Smithsonian music archives (2006)

- Invited to attended Alan Lomax Symposium at the Library of Congress (2006)

- Invited to attended Appalachian Conference (2006)

- Compiled, arranged, & co-produced the Smithsonian Folkways recording, Classic Old-time Fiddle,

   release date January 2007

- Assisted with compilation & arrangement of Smithsonian Folkways recording Classic House Party 

- Discography: How 'Bout That,  One More Time,  Two Far Gone,  Home At Last,  Wire Fire, Hope I’ll Join   

   the Band,  Second Time Around,  Git er Done,  The Great Compromise and Jake's Ramble.

- Co-produced Vandalia award winner Lester McCumber’s CD Old Timey

- Recordings included in the juried collection of “Tamarack, The Best of West Virginia”

- Advisory Board member at "Tamarack, The Best Of West Virginia" (2007-2009)

- Featured in PBS television special Soundmix: Five Young Musicians (2004)

- Performed for premier of Senator Robert Byrd’s film Soul of the Senate (2005) 

- Produced and performed in fund raiser for 9/11 Red Cross Fund (2001)

- Concert performance/workshop instructor Berea Celebration of Traditional Music (2003)

- Concert performances/workshops instructor Smithsonian Folk Life Festival (2003)

- Concert performances/workshops instructor University of Chicago Folk Festival (2002)

- Concert performances/workshops instructor Merlefest in North Carolina (2002)

- First place old-time fiddle award - Mt. Airy, NC Fiddler's Convention (2002, 2004, 2009 and 2011)

-  First place Old-time fiddle award - Allegheny Co. Fiddlers Convention  Sparta, North Carolina (2009, 2011)

-  First place Old-time fiddle award at the 2010 Appalachian State Fiddlers Convention. (2010)

-  First place Old-time band category at the  Appalachian State Fiddlers Convention. (2010)         

- First place, old-time band contest, Galax Fiddler’s Convention, Galax, VA (2004, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

- First place, fiddle contest, Appalachian Stringband Festival, Clifftop WV (2006)

- First place, old-time band contest, Appalachian Stringband Festival, Clifftop WV (2006)

- First place, old-time fiddle contest, Galax Fiddler’s Convention, Galax, VA (2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)

- Performer of the Festival Award, Galax Fiddler's Convention, Galax, VA (2003, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012)

- First Place, Ed Haley Memorial Fiddle Contest, Ashland, KY (2011)

- First place old-time fiddle contest Henry Reed Festival, in Glen Lyn, VA (2007)

- First place bluegrass fiddle contest Henry Reed Festival, Glen Lyn, VA (2007)

- First place under 60 fiddle contest, Vandalia Gathering, Charleston, WV (2002)

- First place under age 50 fiddle contest, Glenville Folk Festival, Glenville, WV (2000 and 2001)

- First place old-time youth fiddle "Appalachian  Stringband Festival, Clifftop, WV (1998)

- Second place under age 60 fiddle contest, Vandalia Gathering, Charleston, WV (2000 and 2001)

- Profiled by Art Works   (2004) (2008)

- Profiled by Fiddlers Magazine (2006)

- Profiled by Berea Alumni Magazine (2005)

- Profiled U.S by  News and World Report AXA Foundation ad (2003)

- Profiled by Folk Works (2002)

- Profiled by Dirty Linen: Folk & World Music Magazine (2002)

- Profiled by Chicago Tribune (2002)

- Profiled by Spectrum Magazine in Scotland on Sunday newspaper (2001)

- Featured in New York Times (1999)

- Performing Artist of the Year at Tamarack (2001)

- Performance on "Mountain Stage" radio show (2000)

- Apprenticeship with master fiddler Bobby Taylor of West Virginia (2000)

- Concert performance Millennium Stage-John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2000)

- Profiled by CNN, "CNN & Time" (1999)

- Featured in New York Times (1999)

- Profiled by Canadian Public Television (2000)

- Fiddle class instructor, Dwight Diller music camp, Cass, WV (1999)

- Apprenticeships and extensive association with master fiddlers Melvin Wine and Lester McCumbers of  

   West Virginia

- Previous study with master fiddlers Melvin Wine, Wilson Douglas, Joe Thompson, Glen Smith,

 - Lester McCumbers, Brad Leftwich, and Bobby Taylor

- Appearance on "A Prairie Home Companion" on NPR (1998)

- Awarded $5,000 NEA grant (1996)

- Recipient of several Augusta Heritage Center scholarships

- Staff musician at Augusta Heritage Center (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)

- Staff musician for the Appalachian String Band Festival (1998,1999, 2000, 2005)

- Staff Instructor at Allegheny Echoes (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

 -Surry County Fiddlers Convention Workshop Instructor (2010)

 -Private instructor - old-time fiddle

- Web site: http:www.jakekrack.com

- Contact information:  E-mail: jakekrack@wirefire.com   

   Address: 7490 Nicut RD, Orma, WV 25268    

   Phone: 304-655-7504