Jarrod Walker has been recognized as a standout player ever since he took his first gig with Tampa Bay’s Bluegrass Parlor Band, led by legendary promoter and WMNF radio personality Tom Henderson. By age twelve Jarrod and brother-picker Cory Walker found themselves featured on a segment of ABC Country’s CMA Awards Special with Keith Urban as 2004’s winners of a “Young Musicians’” search. NashCamp promoter Cindy Sinclair subsequently arranged their first of several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.
In 2005 he appeared on a nationally televised ABC special starring Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs and Kix Brooks. The show featured him, Cory and other musical up-and-comers Christian Ward, Austin Ward and Sarah Jarosz. This led to an additional promotional piece on Good Morning America.
Jarrod was featured in Mike Marshall’s Young American Mandolin Ensemble. This elite group of seven young musicians was invited to perform at the Mandolines de Lunel festival in France in October 2007. The following year Jarrod joined Sierra Hull for a tour of Japan. In 2010 Jarrod was invited back to Mandolines de Lunel alongside Josh Pinkham.
After graduating high school Jarrod set out for Nashville to pursue his BBA at Middle Tennessee State University. In 2011, he joined Missy Raines and the New Hip where he stayed for three years until his graduation from college. The fall of 2014 led him to join the illustrious Claire Lynch Band playing mandolin, lead guitar, and singing background vocals. Lynch’s 2016 release “North By South”, a collection of songs penned by Canadian songwriters, earned a Grammy nomination. The CLB toured Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, England, and naturally Canada. These days you can catch Jarrod out with bluegrass phenom Billy Strings.