Guitar Mentor

Jacob was born and raised in Midland, North Carolina (a small country town east of Charlotte). He first started getting involved with music when he was 11 years old. Jacob has studied guitar under many different teachers who have taught varying styles, such as bluegrass, rock, r&b, jazz, percussive finger style, blues, and classical.

Jacob graduated from Liberty University in 2017 with a B.M. in Artist Development. While at Liberty, Jacob studied guitar under Vince Lewis and Keith L. Cooper. Oddly enough, Jacob received a scholarship to play banjo on a traveling ministry team through the LU School of Music and remained a key member of the group for three years and eventually the musical director of the group during his senior year.

He now lives in the Short Pump area outside of Richmond. While Jacob is not teaching, he is most likely traveling and performing with his band Vegan Llamas. Vegan Llamas is a rock band based out of Richmond that is not afraid to stray from the path of traditional rock music. The members of the band are all highly trained in many different genres which creates a different flavor of modern rock music.

If Jacob isn’t teaching or playing with his band, he is most likely working with his hands on different instruments, cooking, working out, or reading.

Tell us a little bit about your musical background; when you first started, the first experience that made you want to become a musician.

I first started playing guitar when I was about 11 years old. I actually got a drum set when I was 8, but I didn’t really do anything with it until later on. I grew up listening to all the ‘80s rock bands that my dad listened to. After a couple months of playing guitar and hearing AC/DC, that is when I decided I wanted to come a musician. My dad showed me videos of Angus Young running across the stage and sliding around like a fool and that’s what made me want to play guitar.

Who are some of your favorite artists?

I love all types of music. It really depends on my mood to determine my “favorite artists”. I guess some of my favorites would be: Snarky Puppy, Punch Brothers, Jerry Reed, Revocation, Zac Brown Band, Dirty Loops, Mastodon, Plini, Marcus King, Polyphia, and a lot more… I’m a weird guy.

Who are some of your biggest inspirations, musical, and non-musical?

Some of my biggest inspirations would probably be my family. They have always supported my musical endeavors and my decisions. Another one would be some of my professors at Liberty University that taught me how worship is truly a lifestyle and not just something we gather to do on Sunday mornings.

If you could follow in any musician’s footsteps, who would it be?

If I could follow in any musician’s footsteps, it would probably be Chris Thile or Michael League. Those two guys are huge in my opinion. Their musical vocabulary and abilities are on another level.

If you had the ability to pick anybody to collaborate with musically, who would it be?

If I could choose any musician to collaborate with, it would probably be Chris Stapleton. I would love to sit down and write a song from scratch with him. He is a hit-song machine.

What are your plans for the future of your music?

My plans for my music is to perform, write, and record with my band Vegan Llamas for a very long time. Somewhere down the road I plan on making an Americana album with some very important people (outside Vegan Llamas).

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