David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach presented by Rainshadow Concerts
Rainshadow Recording welcomes touring singer-songwriter David Jacobs-Strain https://davidjacobs-strain.com/ with Bob Beach in concert, Saturday June 18 at 7:30pm at the Palindrome at Eaglemount Cidery, 1893 S. Jacob Miller Rd. Sponsored by Strait Floors. Media sponsor is KPTZ radio.
In 2001, as concert director at Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver, Rainshadow’s Everett Moran was charged with booking their fifth annual Coors Roots of the Blues Festival. He was looking for a young up-and-comer to open the festival – someone with enough chops and soul to play on the same stage with the likes of John Jackson, Corey Harris, Del Rey and others. His friend & colleague, Mary Flower suggested a young, sixteen year-old kid from Eugene Oregon. Well, David Jacobs-Strain most certainly had the chops to hang and an old soul to boot.
Twenty years hence and that prodigious, young bluesman has more than doubled in age but, arguably, has at least doubled in musical breadth. David has evolved from a myopic student of the blues into one of the finest singer-songwriters of his generation and, yes, he still has the chops to hang with the best. To wit, his most recent release was tracked at Sound City and mixed by Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams). David is joined by an A-list of musicians including Jim Keltner, Viktor Krauss, Greg Liesz, and Larry Goldings.
Known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon, David’s live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. Its a range that ties him to his own generation, as well as to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne. “I try to make art that you can dance to, but I love that darker place where, in my mind, Skip James, Nick Drake, and maybe Elliot Smith blur together.”
David began playing on street corners and at farmers markets as a teenager in Eugene, Oregon, and bought his first steel guitar with the quarters he saved up. Before he dropped out of Stanford to play full time, he had already appeared at festivals across the country, often billed as a blues prodigy, but he had to fight to avoid being a novelty act: “I wanted to tell new stories, it just wasn’t enough to relive the feelings in other peoples music.”
David is joined by veteran harmonica player, Bob Beach.
Tickets are $20 each from https://DJ-S.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.