Jake Vaadeland (CAN)

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jake Vaadeland hails from Saskatchewan in Canada. At the age of 20 he already had a significant position on the Canadian folk roots scene, after a series of albums and singles brought him two Saskatchewan Music Awards and no fewer than four Saskatchewan Country Music Awards. A guitar and banjo maestro, he is devoted to traditional bluegrass and straightforward 50s rockabilly. As his song Retro Man from 2021 has it, “I am a retro man with a retro plan.” He was born in the little town of Big River in northern Saskatchewan. If that leads your thoughts to Johnny Cash’s hit Big River, then the connection between Cash and Vaadeland is not just a geographical coincidence. Jake Vaadeland tells, in a Canadian interview, that at the age of three, he performed the Cash classic I Walk The Line in the living room at home. Traditional country music is his inspiration, and that includes bluegrass legends like Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt. His most recent release is the album Everybody But Me. Jake Vaadeland appears with his band, The Sturgeon River Boys. Their only Danish festival in 2024.