Jared Deck Band

Jared Deck photo by Kyle Wright

46th Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Saturday, January 2
at Hill Auditorium

Benefactor, Platinum, Gold Circle Pre-Sale: Nov 28
Member Pre-Sale: Dec 7–Dec 8
Public Sale: Dec 9


Jared Deck has been praised for his “powerful, beautiful voice” by Alejandro Escovedo, and Rolling Stone named him one of Ten New Artists You Need to Know. Jared takes life one fight at a time. “The battle has always been internal, overcoming my own failures and working to improve,” he says. Raised on the dusty plains of an Oklahoma family farm, Jared worked in the fields as well as the town grocery, owned by his parents. “In a community of 1,200 people, big dreams seem impossible. We’re taught to manage expectations, put our nose down, and get to work.” Later he worked in an oilfield and a factory. During the Great Recession he got by with a job as a pianist in a Black church, where over the next six years, he received an unparalleled musical education. His songs tell stories in an honest voice of Midland America. “The American Dream” won first place in the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Competition. And on top of all this, he was recently elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Jared has a recent release, “Bully Pulpit,” and he’s bringing a full band.