Jake Armerding
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Jake Armerding

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Americana Pop




"Lansing State Journal"

"His pastiche-like songs suggest meticulous craft, sometimes narrative, sometimes impressionistic, always engaging and clever … sharp, original, quietly intense, and rewarding for any who'll listen with both ears." - Chris Reitz

"Boston Globe"

"Armerding's a master at bending boundaries ... his songs aren't exactly folk, but aren't bluegrass, either. Only rarely does he sing about rusty pick-up trucks or winding rural roads.

"But Armerding, who played to a packed house at the Paradise Lounge on Sunday night, has never claimed to be a traditionalist. His new CD is dizzying — it weaves together fiddle, mandolin, and guitar; stories about Rome and nostalgia; consonant ballads about a fleece jacket; and dissonant, off-kilter rags.

"Where does music like this come from? Partly from a will to break the conventions that define country music, and mostly from a sense that all good songs are, in essence, pastiche." - Matt Shaer

"Vintage Guitar"

"Armerding's newest effort has a wider musical scope than the earlier releases, but his songwriting is even more focused, articulate, and poignant." - Steven Stone

"Sing Out!"

"A timely set of new songs from a very gifted young composer … the listening public needs to embrace the well-written, thought-provoking pop music Jake Armerding is offering. I think we'd all be the better for it.” - Tom Druckenmiller

"Cleveland Country Magazine"

"Armerding straddles a curious fine line between 'new folk' singer/songwriter, contemporary bluegrass, and a 'swinging' country-pop style that appears wholly organic both in its approach and execution. That he occupies each with such self-assurance and ease is a testament to his originality as a songwriter and his skills as a fiddler, mandolin player, and guitarist ... if you're willing to back an emerging new talent, look no further than Jake Armerding." - Cleveland Country Magazine

"The Curator"

"Jake sang songs about backpacking, a few love songs, a song about the devil, and a protest song about airport security. Can I get an amen?" - Jenni Simmons

"Washington Post"

"His instrumental fiddle skills are remarkable." - Washington Post

"Santa Barbara News-Press"

"Mr. Armerding arrived on the heels of his newly independent, post-Compass life, with the release of "Walking on the World." Made in five years and in various cities, the album's diversity -- presented in his live set -- made for a fuller picture of his distinctive stylistic blending. He has concocted an intriguing musical stew out of bluegrass, pop, folk and a swipe of blues, nicely blended in a personal and unpretentious way." - Joe Woodward

"Country Standard Time"

"His vicious fiddle playing has left a long trail of dropped jaws..."

- Country Standard Time

"George Graham (WVIA-fm Virginia)"

An engaging and very pleasing album of new love songs ... the quality of songwriting is high, and the fact that [Armerding] can pull off an entire recording of such a much-visited subject and not have it come off as trite is an accomplishment.
- WVIA-FM Virginia


Cosmos in the Chaos (Stick Shift Records, 2013)

Community Supported Art (ongoing)

Cellar Sessions (Stick Shift Records, 2010)

Her (Stick Shift Records, 2009)

Songs in Stained Glass (Stick Shift Records, 2009)

Walking On The World (Stick Shift Records, 2007)

Jake Armerding (Compass Records, 2003)

Caged Bird (self-published, 1999)



The Boston Globe calls composer-violinist Jake Armerding "the most gifted and promising songwriter to emerge from the Boston folk scene in years."  The original song "Catchy Paul & Dreamy John," from his latest album Cosmos in the Chaos, was a finalist in the 2013 Newsong Contest.
Armerding grew up playing classical violin and listening to 80's pop radio.  Over the course of 2000 performances, he has shared the stage with Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek, Josh Ritter, David Wilcox and Toad the Wet Sprocket.

He lives in Minneapolis.

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