B I O G R A P H Y

The singer/songwriter was born and raised in the anthracite coal region of Northeast Pennsylvania.  The blue-collar towns of the once vibrant valley nestled in Pennsylvania’s slice of the Appalachian mountains was a compelling backdrop for the young artist’s narrative and observational style.  An old soul at heart, the artist found a sense of comfort in performing and writing.  Learning to play blues and Folk with his father while being influenced by the rock and roll of 90’s grunge made for a unique evolution in writing, composition and story-telling.  Touching on observational themes from first-hand experiences brings a distinct intimacy to the songs audiences relate to and appreciate.

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“When I was a kid I approached my father and asked him to teach me a song on the guitar. He taught me G, C and D and told me he would show me a Bob Dylan song only after I came up with my own chord progression first. In hindsight, I guess my first guitar lesson was also my first experience in writing music.”

-Jacob Vanko

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P E R F O R M A N C E S

  • Opening act – Dwight Yoakam.  Newport News, Va
  • Supporting act – Aiken and Friends Festival.  Smithfield, Va
  • Supporting act – Harbor Festival.  Norfolk, Va
  • Headlining act – The Winter Blues and Jazz Festival.  Williamsburg, Va