Jake Blount Announces IBMA Showcase and October Tour Dates

Article Contributed by HearthMusic | Published on Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Acclaimed roots musician Jake Blount is heading back out on the road, starting with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s upcoming conference and festival in Raleigh, North Carolina! Jake will be joining bluegrass legends Béla Fleck, Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, The Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Jerry Douglas, and many more. He’s playing the IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC StreetFest October 1 and is being presented by Bluegrass Pride.

Fresh off a powerhouse set at Newport Folk Festival, Jake Blount is back on the road passing through Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, DC, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois. More info below and happy to send along Jake’s most recent album, Spider Tales, which came out during COVID in 2020 via Free Dirt Records. Drawn from the lost Black and Indigenous histories of Appalachian roots music, Blount's timely vision on this album showcased not only these lost voices, but the rage and anger that was encoded into the music early on and has remained ever since. It was, simply put, one of the most powerful explorations of American roots music in 2020, chosen as one of the Best Albums of 2020 by The New Yorker, NPR, Bandcamp, WNYC's The Takeaway, Folk Alley, Country Queer, Out Smart, The Vinyl District, PopMatters, Songlines, and more. Blount also received the Steve Martin Banjo Prize in 2020 in recognition in part of the power of his album!

Friday, October 1
Jake Blount @ IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC
Raleigh, NC

Thursday, October 14
Jake Blount @ Cafe Nine
New Haven, CT

Friday, October 15
Jake Blount @ Cafe Wha
New York, NY

Saturday, October 16
Jake Blount @ Common Fence Music
Portsmouth, RI

Sunday, October 17
Jake Blount @ Kennedy Center Performances for Young Audiences
Washington, DC

Monday, October 18
Jake Blount @ Purple Fiddle
Thomas, WV

Tuesday, October 19
Jake Blount @ Rambling House
Columbus, OH

Wednesday, October 20
Jake Blount @ The G.A.R. Hall
Peninsula, OH

Thursday, October 21
Jake Blount @ Ten Pound Fiddle
East Lansing, MI

Friday, October 22
Jake Blount @ C-U Folk and Roots Festival
Urbana, IL

Sunday, October 24
Jake Blount @ Reggie's Music Joint
Chicago, IL