Jake Blount is an American musician, scholar and activist who draws upon old time bluegrass and blues.
Jake Blount is an award-winning musician based in Providence, RI. He is half of the internationally touring duo Tui, a 2020 recipient of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize, and a two-time winner of the Appalachian String Band Music Festival (better known as Clifftop). Blount, a specialist in the early folk music of Black Americans, is a skilled performer of spirituals, blues and string band repertoire. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Newport Folk Festival, and numerous other venues across and beyond the United States. With “The Man Was Burning,” released last February on Free Dirt Records, Blounts moves easily along the spectrum of Black roots music, from field recordings in penitentiaries, to the electric guitar of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, all the way up to an updated modern sound that incorporates looped production from hip-hop. Known for his incisive perspective on Black American folk music and powerhouse musicianship, “Jake Blount is a brilliant banjoist, fiddle player and singer... his fingering thrilling and pacy, his voice charismatic and limber.” - Jude Rogers (The Guardian) 7:00 pm — indoor concert Doors open at 6:30 pm Advance tickets are recommended as seating is limited; walk-ups are welcome. Ticket cost at the door is $20 member; $25 non-member. $10 for ages 9-19; free for ages 8 & under. Advance ticketing closes at midnight on Friday, July 8. Please call (607) 278-5454 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. For WKC member pricing, the purchaser must be a WKC member. If you are not yet a 2022 member and would like to become one, click here. See Jake Blount's website here. Band youtube here. 2022 West Kortright Centre arts and community programs are funded in part by our members, by contributors to the 2022 Program Fund Drive, by the Bert Santora Trust and by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and from the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O'Connor Foundation and the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation. Special thanks to our community sponsors: Catskill Country Living.