Jake Blount: Board Member
Jake Blount is an award-winning banjoist, fiddler, singer and ethnomusicologist based in Providence, RI. Although he is proficient in multiple performance styles, Blount specializes in the music of Black and Native American communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of Ithaca, New York. He foregrounds the experiences of queer people and people of color in his work. His teachers include Rhiannon Giddens, Bruce Molsky and Judy Hyman. He has claimed first place in both the Banjo and the Traditional Band categories at the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, WV. He has shared his music and research at the Smithsonian Institution, Yale University, and Berklee School of Music, as well as numerous other venues and institutions. Blount tours domestically and internationally as a solo performer, with his duo Tui, and with his band The Moose Whisperers. His first full-length solo album Spider Tales, produced by Judy Hyman and Jeff Claus, was released on Free Dirt Records & Service Co. in 2020.