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I am Jared Estes, I have been a Washington native all my life, and currently reside in Olympia, WA with my beautiful girlfriend Anna Rose. Although I have played music all of my life, about two years ago(2011) I had many things happen in my life that led to a change in my music. Which included a switch to acoustic guitar, in a search for the music of our country's roots, as well as a more organic and honest sound. Our country has a very rich cultural and musical heritage, and that along with many in's and out's of current American life have affected and shaped my music. So while continuing to honor many long passed folk musicians and songs, I also consider my place in music today as an attempt to breath new life into a rich history of folk music. My music is a result of trying to come back to terms with daily life as a human in modern society. Its a search for something real, something honest, something organic. So in honor of all those who have passed, let us play!
My influences include much early folk (pre-1950), early banjo solo players, like Pete Seeger, Roscoe Holcomb, Dock Boggs, and Clarence Ashley. Always in play is the music contained on the Anthology of American Folk Music, the holy grail. On the other hand i am deeply in love with the blues although it may be hard to see the influences in my music, in particular Led Belly, Barbecue Bob, Sleepy John Estes, Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin' Slim, Jimi Hendrix, and Freddie King. From there my influences stretch all across the board in the 1960's from Bob Dylan (Who Isn't?), David Bowie, Joan Baez, Dave Van Ronk, Townes Van Zandt, The Country Gentlemen and New Lost City Ramblers, to Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, Black Sabbath, and The Beatles (The Beatles fanatically perfect composition and pop sensibility a love of mine). Coming to modern day i love the music from strong female vocalists such as Ani Difranco, Gillian Welch, and Shilpa Ray. Finally, as for music outside of the U.S.; Cafe Tacuba (Mexico), Vladimir Vysotsky (Russia), and Buena Vista Social Club (Cuba).
By Jared "Doc" Estes in 2011