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My name is Jay Faires and I am now 17 years old. I started playing guitar when I was 7. My first CD, Huntsville City Limit, was released in October 2010, when I was 13 years old. On that CD, I play guitar (electric and acoustic, both rhythm and lead), bass, drums, and I sing. I had a great week in the studio in early August to record my second CD, Time. It is now available for sale on my website, and it includes several of my original songs. It is also on I-Tunes, Spotify, and others. I am working on my third CD now, which will be all my original material.

I have opened for artists David Allan Coe (2011), Rhett Akins (2010), and John Anderson (2009) and Chris Cagle (2012) at Brimstone Recreation's "White Knuckle Event," in Huntsville, TN.  I've played numerous benefit concerts, including a Relay for Life event, a cancer survivors dinner, a Pilots N Paws doggie rescue fly-in, and performed in a play called "Prom Night" that raised funds for the Scott County Tennessee Theater Group. On July 3rd, 2012, I played a solo acoustic set at Huntsville, TN's Fireman's 4th Festival. I returned on July 4 to play an electric set with Jay Faires Band. I have entertained at many private parties and festivals (from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in Canada to Oklahoma City, OK). On November 10, I made my 5th appearance at the Belvidere Market, in Belvidere, TN with the Jay Faires Band. Other shows I've played include a political candidate fundraiser, a fraternity party at the University of the South, and a "Blues Jam" at Steve's restaurant/music venue in East Nashville. I spent part of my summer working as an intern in Nashville, with two music businesses. I am in my junior year of high school.

I have performed many solo sets, and play with my band, Jay Faires Band, whenever opportunities present themselves. Jay Faires Band consists of me, and a variety of musicians who join me for shows. I have performed as a guest with several artists, including the Grass Mountain Hobos (from Canada, at the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival), The Culprits (from Sewanee, TN), Carless Antenna (from Nashville, TN), and Beppe Gambetta (from Geneva, Italy, at Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp).

Many people have influenced my playing, and I am grateful to the amazing teachers I have had. My first teacher was Mr. Marvin Russell, in Maryville, TN. I was inspired to learn guitar because my friend, Baylor, was taking guitar lessons from him. When we moved to Hoboken (across the Hudson River from New York City) a couple of years later, I took lessons from Dan McLoughlin at Garden Street Music. I learned a lot during those years. Then I moved back to Tennessee and took several lessons from three time national flat picking champion, Steve Kaufman. I attend his Acoustic Kamp each summer and have learned a lot from all of the amazing instructors there. Bluegrass picker Randy Terry taught me for a while before I went away to boarding school. I feel lucky to have been a student of some of the best teachers imaginable.  

I want to thank my family for being so supportive of my career choice.  My parents are always willing to drive me to my gigs and haul my equipment. I appreciate all that they have done and continue to do for me. Lastly, but most importantly, THANK YOU to my FANS!  You are the GREATEST!!!

I love playing Blues, Rock, Folk, Reggae, Bluegrass, and many more genres. No crowd is too large or too small. I will play almost anywhere, and I love to travel!   So, invite me to entertain you and your guests at your next event!

Some of my hobbies are playing with my rescue dogs (Captain, Sky, and Radar), running, hiking, reading, playing paintball, riding bicycles, motorcycles, four-wheelers, and hanging with friends.

I appreciate your ongoing support.

Gracias mis amigos,

Jay