JACK CHERNOS BIO
Jack Chernos has busked or gigged in almost every type of venue: music festivals, picket lines and police barracades, rock clubs, basements, churches, subways, community centers, auditoriums, trade union meetings, on the steps of government buildings, and in corporate radio stations and pirate radio stations. From San Francisco’s Paradise Lounge to Manhattan’s Arlenes Grocery to the University of Nuremberg to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Jack has been there with his small amp and large songs. He's been booed off a stage in Nashville, been arrested at machine gun-point for attempting to perform for a particularly unreceptive audience, and played for crowds of tens of thousands.
Chernos’ first self-titled cd, produced by Scott Mathews, received airplay on 120 priority college stations and 60 AAA stations. Jack’s second album featured “Sold Down the River,” an anthem of the 1999 anti-WTO protests in Seattle. Jack is currently completing his third cd, "In Interesting Times," produced by “guru” of the Strokes, JP Bowersock.
Chernos has written a number of songs of historical significance, including:
* The Union Grand, theme song of the Million Worker March on Washington, DC;
* The Silence of Good People, which has been performed at a number of the recent large anti-war rallies and was inducted into the National Civil Rights Museum; and
* Sold Down the River, the anti-WTO song played in continuous-loop from the Steelworkers' billboard truck in Seattle.
Jack plays guitar, bass, lap steel, keyboards, trumpet, peck horn, saxophone, flute, and harmonica. But three years ago he picked up a five-string banjo and realized banjo is the instrument he was born to play. Six weeks later he was gigging on banjo, and five months after that he became a Deering Banjo Company Endorsement Artist. This singularly American instrument has been instrumental in the development of his unique style of music, punk/folk banjo.