Not into flatpickers really, other than Tony, I'd rather listen to Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Stuart Duncan, Darol Anger, David Grisman, Chris Thile, and the like. These guys are my greatest inspiration.
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Gasology, Old Grey Coat, Cherokee Shuffle, Big Sciota, Dixie Hoedown, Limerock, Hop The Fence, Jessamyn's Reel
Huge Collings fan, but also love Raghead (brand name) instruments.
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
Jed Clark is a multi-instrumentalist from the Central Arkansas town of Searcy. Jed's first serious musical endeavor was enrolling in guitar lessons from a local college guitar instructor at age 12. Initially Jed was guided towards fingerstyle guitarists that spanned many different genres of music and were highly creative such as Pete Hutlinger, Doyle Dykes, and Andy McKee just to name a few. Howev...er as time progressed and Jed's younger brother Harry, who was learning mandolin at the same time, began to participate in more and more Bluegrass oriented jam sessions, Jed was drawn towards the social aspect of the Bluegrass music, leading him to pursue the art of flatpicking. Never wanting to be limited, Jed has taken many of the inventive and theoretical aspects of his initial fingerstyle instruction and attempted to apply them to his flatpicking style creating a sound that is uniquely distinguishable as his own.
Jed's guitar playing has taken him to many different states across the midwest playing with his brother's and his band, "The Jed and Harry Clark Band." The brothers along with their bandmates; John Meyer, Will Rhodes, and mother Cindy won the National Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest that is held annually in Branson Missouri's own Silver Dollar City in May of 2010.
Multi-instrumentalist Bill Nesbitt of Little Rock commissioned Jed and Harry to join his Central Arkansas based Gypsy Jazz acoustic group in late 2009. Unlike brother Harry, Jed was assigned to play his secondary instrument, the upright bass. Being presented with the unique challenge of playing a foreign genre of music, Jed relied heavily on Nesbitt's extensive knowledge of the genre, its songs, and its appropriate execution to fulfill his role. Nesbitt is credited with having provided one of the key learning experiences that has challenged and sharpened Jed's bass playing.
More recently, Jed's guitar playing has placed him in the company of The Roys - http://www.theroysonline.com/ and taken him all across the U.S. and even into Canada.
Jed is scheduled to release his first solo project in Early 2012. Please like this page to stay updated on upcoming events regarding Jed's music!
sweet man! can't wait to hear it. yeah, i'm planning on coming down on friday for sure and either monday or wedsnday also. i'll prolly be doing a thingymagig on texas style accompaniment on m or w if you're gonna be around. are you guys playing at wooten bros? d'you ever get that guy to send you some strings? can't wait to jam with you guys again! pick hard lol!
Hey Jed, Thanks for the welcome. I mainly use a Bluegrass 1.0 white w/ holes. I have also used the 1.2, but went back to the 1.0. Mainly chose it, because it was the closest to the size and shape of my older picks.
BTW, has anyone tried to "rough up" a Wegen to get a better grip? You better have a grinder!
They're tough and last! Art
Thanks for the welcome, Jed. I use either a 1.0 or 1.2 Wegan Bluegrass w/ holes and the speed bevel edge.
As far as roughing them up, I have tried everything short of a dremel tool or a grinder...nothing worked. I did try some gorilla snot last year and one time I either used too much or didn't play very long after I used it, because some of it dried on the pick. Now it feels "roughed up" w/ ridges and craters and is definitely not as slick. Sometimes, that's my favorite pick. I may experiment on a couple more and see how it turns out. Art