Jake is a harmonica player from Louisville, KY, who tours internationally in Colter Wall's band, performing at many world-class festivals and venues. Before beginning his stint with Colter Wall, Jake played in several regional acts and fronted his own band, Jack Rabbit and the Dirty Hares.
Jake's playing can be heard on Colter Wall's "Western Swing and Waltzes" album as well as the "Happy Reunion" single release. Eric Shicotte's "Miss'ry Pacific" album also includes Jake's harmonica on several tracks. Artists such as Jackie & the Racket, Tyler Lance Walker Gill and Kentucky John Clay, amongst others, have used Jake for session work as well.
When not studying harmonica with Howard Levy (of Flecktones fame), Jake has sought instruction from other modern masters such as Grant Dermody. Jake has also helped out with harmonica workshops given by Texas bluesman Hamilton Loomis, attended SPAH (a yearly harmonica symposium and expo), as well as taught private lessons and groups at Maxwell's House of Music and the Louisville Folk School.
Apart from performing music, Jake spent a summer interning at the Smithsonian Folkways record label in Washington DC, learning about the vast and varied treasury of American and world music that is their catalog and helping to curate sharing it with the public in creative ways, and hosted a weekly radio show for three years on Louisville's WXOX, with shows focusing on world music and harmonica (titled Mir Music and Faint of Harp Radio Hour, respectively).
For information about booking Jake for private lessons, purchasing instructional materials, recording harmonica overdubs, or for gigs (sideman or solo), contact him directly through one of the following channels:
SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
“It’s Western swing and waltzes in Saskatchewan tonight,” he sings, while the band line dances around his voice with fiddle, pedal steel, DeFord Bailey-esque harmonica, and piano. The scuffs and scratches lacing their imaginary dancefloor feel palpable." Read More...
AUGUST 6, 2018
"..a steady-rolling feel to his band that lent the songs picturesque gravity, an impression heightened by the colorful support of harmonica player Jake Groves." Read More...
FEBRUARY 9, 2018
".Joined on stage by a full band comprising; drummer, bass guitarist, steel guitar player and an excellent harmonica player, they flesh out the brilliantly catchy Thirteen Silver Dollars. A song with all the right elements to be an instant..." Read More...