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Introducing Jake Vaadeland

Jake Vaadeland of Jake Vaadeland and The Sturgeon River Boys describes himself as a “unique” artist. He wanted people to know that who he is on stage is exactly who he is at home as well.

As Jake explained, “I knew I wanted to work in the entertainment industry when I discovered the Martha White Grand Ole Opry shows hosted by Lester Flatt—one  of the best entertainers to ever work the business! I watched those over and over again, and that’s how I learned to play banjo and guitar.” He added that his music is “bluegrass at heart, but the product is really a mixture of old time country, bluegrass and rockabilly.”

Jake turns heads wherever he goes, not only for his talent but for his eclectic wardrobe. The entire band has become known for their vintage suits:

“I shop for most of them at Better Off Duds in Saskatoon, SK. I also find good ones at thrift stores. A lot of my best suits have been gifted to me by fans or veterans in the music industry, such as my beloved Wilf Carter suit. It was owned and worn by Wilf himself on many occasions, including his last show. I am told it was one of his favourite suits. I am so happy to have it in my collection.”

Vaadeland has received high praise from many publications including NEXT Magazine. They described him as someone “people want to take home and serve a piece of pie”. However, Jake admitted that he’s “not big on dessert”.

“…When I have it, I love a good homemade crab apple crisp with a cup of tea. I grow the crab apples for it in my own back yard!”

From the moment Jake found out that he would be opening for The Hunter Brothers in 2023, he was “eager to go to work”.

“….. It was just another call to action like any other. It was a wonderful opportunity, and the team was one of the best I’ve ever worked with.”

In 2024, Jake’s travels will continue throughout The United States with The Dead South. Then he will be on tour in Europe shortly after. He also plans to release more new music this year.

Like The Hunter Brothers, Jake also hails from Saskatchewan. The support he has received from his home province has meant “a great deal” to him. “I wouldn’t have been able to make it to my current stage in the industry if it wasn’t for all the support in Saskatchewan.”

Finally, when asked for his advice for other aspiring artists, Jake Vaadeland replied: “Be yourself. Take advice and criticism wisely, while also still sticking to your guns. Never ever let anyone discourage you or even hint to you that you can’t make a life and living out of it. The music industry is one of the most professional and well-paying careers in the world.”

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Photo by Annette Dawm.

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