Photos courtesy of Latino Public Broadcasting

Calhoun fiddler Jake Krack is one of five teenage musicians profiled in a National Public TV program on Thursday, October 7th - Soundmix - Five Young Musicians.

Jake appears with one of his mentors, old-time fiddle legend Melvin Wine, now deceased. Wine makes one of his last appearances with other famous mentors like trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and master Latin drummer Louis Bauzo.

Jake and Melvin

Krack, now a student at Berea College, is a young fiddler with deep connections to American musical traditions. Each story on the program explores the music, mentors, culture, and communities that fuel the passions of these young players.

Krack has performed at some of the America's best venues, and has won dozens of awards for his brand of fiddle playing.

Soundmix produced the program over two years ago.

It presents stories of emerging identities and of how people come together through music. The program also represents strong role models from often under-represented communities, and perhaps most importantly, shows how in a diverse society, music is a powerful resource that carries traditions, shapes identity, encourages cross-cultural understanding, and builds hope.

Krack has just released his seventh CD "Second Time Around" after a summer traveling to the many music festivals in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina.

He was the winner of the fiddle contest at the 34th annual Mt. Airy fiddlers convention this year, the second time in three years he has won first place.

He also won the 69th Galax, Virginia Fiddlers Convention 2004 Old-time Stringband contest with his band "Whoopin-Hollar."

Krack won the fiddle contest last year at Galax, along with the Performer of the Festival award. "Whoopin-Hollar" also placed 2nd at the Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia this year.

You can order Jake's CDs by calling 304-655-7504 or by looking at his web sight www.jakekrack.com