Jacob Stockdale's Fiddle Bio:
Jacob Stockdale was born in 1992 and raised on a farm in eastern Ohio. As a young boy, Jacob was especially interested in the fiddle that his older brother played. Through Suzuki lessons in 2000 at seven years old, he received the basics of violin playing, including ear training. After a year of lessons, Jacob transferred his focus from classical violin to learning fiddle. He continued to hone his skills, practicing at home and jamming with his family members.
In 2004 The Stockdale Family Band began to play bluegrass for the community, in which at 12 years old Jacob was fiddler.
In 2005 at 13 years old until its disassembling in 2014, Jacob fiddled with the well established band, Holmes County Bluegrass.
In 2006 Adam Jackson began teaching his old-time fiddling style to Jacob. After 10 visits Jacob won 5 old-time fiddle contests over the following summer, including the State of Ohio Youth Fiddle Championship. Recorded 2 albums: Grassfed with the Stockdale Family Band and Preach the Gospel with Holmes County Bluegrass.
In 2007/2008 an Ohio Arts Council Traditional Arts Apprenticeship was awarded to Jacob enabling him to continue the long distance travel to apprentice under Master Fiddler Adam Jackson. From all he learned in the apprenticeship, Jacob recorded an instrumental solo CD, An Ohio Tradition.
In 2009 Jacob won 5 old-time fiddle contests over the following summer , including the State of Ohio Youth Fiddle Championship for the 2nd time. Jacob recorded 2 albums: Bluegrass in the Backwoods with The Stockdale Family Band and A Tribute to the Louvin Brothers with Holmes County Bluegrass.
2010 marked Jacob's third State of Ohio Youth Fiddle Championship win. See Jacob's winning performance video here.
In 2012 at the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest in Weiser, Idaho, Jacob placed 12th in the Young Adult category ages 18-35 years.
2012 Jacob wins State of Ohio Grand Fiddle Championship.
Jacob continues to perform with The Stockdale Family Band contributing on an all bluegrass gospel album, Take a Little Time for Jesus, as well as the Hello, Everybody album.
In 2014 Jacob is featured at the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Classic Country Concert. See performance video here.
2015 Jacob creates a new duet album, Farm Fresh, with James Stockdale. Jacob along with the Stockdale Family Band joins the Amish Country Theater as their house band.
2016 Jacob's fiddling and singing is featured at the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Classic Country Concert along with brother, James, on harmony. See video performance here.