Jacob started his own band in the Fall of 2015. While instrumentation-wise it's a traditional bluegrass ensemble, they call on a huge number of outside influences to create a unique take on roots music.
The group features Jacob's long-time partner-in-crime, Alex Hargreaves, on fiddle. The two of them have been playing together since middle school, both growing up in the Oregon bluegrass scene. Alex is widely considered one of best improvising violinists in the world and has won several national fiddle competitions, including The Grand Masters Fiddle Championship and The National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest. Hargreaves is also a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet. For the guitar slot, Jacob called one of his all-time favorite picking buddies, Stash Wyslouch. Stash cut his teeth touring with The Deadly Gentleman, a contemporary of Joy Kills Sorrow in the Boston bluegrass scene. In addition to being an incredibly distinctive and shredding guitar player, Stash is also a powerful and versatile singer. He tours with his own project, The Stash! Band, in addition to playing with Molsky's Mountain Drifters. Ironically, bassist Jeff Picker grew up right down the street from Alex and Jacob in Oregon, but they didn't meet until they were all living in NYC--ten years after leaving the northwest. Jeff created a name for himself tearing up the Portland jazz scene and won multiple national jazz competitions. Though he's quite capable of slaying bebop in thumb position, he also has a true appreciation for the nuances of bluegrass, and is an accomplished guitarist and singer as well. He currently tours with Sarah Jarosz.
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