click to enlarge
David Jacobs-Strain CD Release Party
June 18, 2013
Celebrating the release of his brand new recording GENESEO
Tuesday, June 18
David Jacobs-Strain is a virtuosic slide guitar player and a storyteller with a passionate one man show that is both humorous and deeply lyrical. A bridge between today’s indie folk troubadours and the delta guitar slingers of the 1930′s, David plays with precision and sings with emotional abandon. He’s a six-foot-two Jewish blues singer from Oregon, a Stanford drop-out in a trucker hat, and a Left Coast poet; one part Leo Kottke, one part Ken Kesey, and one part Robert Johnson. Is it Delta Blues? Gangsta Grass? Geekabilly? Secular Humanist Gospel? It’s a sound big enough to land David at the Newport Folk Festival —as a teenager— and later at MerleFest, the Strawberry Music Festival, the Montreal International Jazz Fest, and on tour with artists as diverse as Lucinda Williams, Etta James, Bob Weir, and Boz Scaggs (for three summer tours).
David’s new record Live From The Left Coast features harmonica legend Bob Beach. “Rainbow Junkies” could be a lost Jimmie Page tune, “Hurricane Railroad” grooves like a young David Lindley, while “Dirt And Wildflowers” is a quirky but sexy revelation (like the Moldy Peaches meet Towns Van Zandt). The cascading harmonics and retro tinted lyrics of “Halfway To The Coast” and “Pescadero Beach” evoke the damaged but wild Northwest: heartbroken but beautiful, melodic and spare.