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Jake Armerding (The Kennedy Center)

Jake Armerding

At the age of 13, Jake Armerding joined his father's bluegrass band, Northern Lights, on fiddle. He soon turned his attention to songwriting, and recorded his first CD, Caged Bird, while earning a degree in english literature at Wheaton College, Illinois. The record was an immediate hit on Boston's folk radio station, WUMB, which honored Mr. Armerding with its 2001 Best New Artist award. Touring regionally and with support from radio, the record eventually sold more than 2,500 copies and got Mr.