About Jerad Walker
A self-confessed music fanatic, Jerad Walker has been surrounded by music, in one form or another, for most of his life.
Born and raised in the traditional music hotbed of Southeast Georgia, he unsurprisingly fell in love with country, gospel, and bluegrass at an early age. Through childhood visits to Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans, Jerad’s parents actively encouraged this fascination, and by the age of 12, he was playing the guitar and building a sizable record collection. In 2004, he enrolled at the University of Georgia. He eventually earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and briefly studied comparative political analysis at Oxford University. In addition to his studies, Jerad regularly performed live and learned how to record music. After graduating, he moved back to his hometown of Waycross, Georgia and formed an alternative country band, The Shingles. They independently recorded an album before disbanding in late 2008 when Jerad moved to Washington, DC and subsequently joined the staff of Bluegrass Country.
From 2008-July 2011 Jerad served as the Music Content Assistant. In July of 2011, he was promoted to Production Coordinator and is responsible for ensuring all of the 26 programs on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country get on the air with out a hitch.