Jack joined The Shade Tree Pickers in March of 2011. He plays rhythm guitar and his solos are
performed in his own "flat-picking" style. He also sings lead and harmony and is mostly
self-taught on guitar, bass and mandolin.
A native of Tyler County, West Virginia, Jack was introduced to music when he was nine years
old. As a child of the '60's, he learned to play many styles of music -- "from Rock to Bach" --
and learned to play a host of instruments. While in high school, Jack taught entry-level music
students to play instruments for marching band.
While serving in the US Navy, he played saxophone and bass guitar in the ship's band; and while
living in Virginia he played tenor sax in the Blacksburg Community Band; he also played in the
Broward County Mummer's Band in Fort Lauderdale, FL
In the mid 1970's, Jack was re-introduced to Bluegrass Music and since, has enjoyed leading and
playing in a number of bluegrass groups. His musical passion has been grounded in Bluegrass
Music for over 35 years.
"I love Bluegrass for it's soul touching lyrics, soaring melodies and rhythms. It's universal! I'm
thrilled to meet up with "perfect strangers" to play this music and share that High Lonesome
Jack retired from a career in the Medical Imaging Electronics Industry in 2012 and now lives in
Central Palm Beach County.
|BLUEGRASS: IT'S NOT JUST MUSIC, IT'S A
WAY OF LIFE!