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David Jacobs-Strain emerged from the rain soaked mountains of Western Oregon storming the festival circuit as a dynamic blues prodigy. Like a diesel powerhouse of raw energy, David speeds across the landscape of the Country Blues to the earthbound grooves of the Mississippi Delta, with his driving slide guitar and fervent vocals. His passion stretches the limits of the blues with blazing guitar breakdowns that verge on psychedelia and highlight his intimate knowledge of the fretboard.
David's singing and steel-string guitar artistry (finger-picking and bottleneck-slide), singing, receive critical praise, but what sets David apart is the moral conviction and emotional depth of his performance. His music resonates with the old, reflecting his early preoccupation with acoustic country blues, and at the same time is decidedly contemporary, and innovative.
"Ocean Or A Teardrop," produced by Kenny Passarelli [Otis Taylor, Joe Walsh], features an enticing blend of roots classics, energetic instrumentals, and originals that showcase the expansive nature of David Jacobs-Strain's songwriting skills as well as the politically conscious evolution of his music. With the collaboration of guests, Joe Craven and Peter Joseph Burtt, Joe Filsko, Danny Click, Anne Weiss, Kendrick Freeman, and Mark Clark, we see slide guitar and harmonica rise from the swamp of the blues to meet the West African Kora and the Turkish Oud, creating the organic energy of a great live jam session.
At twenty-three, David Jacobs-Strain is a veteran of the national club and festival circuit. Performance highlights include Merlefest, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Newport Folk Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, and the Blues to Bop in Lugano, Switzerland.
David Jacobs-Strain - vocals, acoustic guitar, resophonic guitar.
Discography FULL LENGTH ALBUMS 2004 - Ocean Or A Teardrop NorthernBlues ~ produced by Kenny Passarelli 2002 - Stuck On The Way Back NorthernBlues ~ produced by Kenny Passarelli 2001 - Longest Road I Know Hang-Dog Music 1999 - Skin & Bones Hang-Dog Music 1997 - First Friday Live Hang-Dog Music SESSIONS: 2005 - Tone Poets (Various Artists) Acoustic Disc ~ produced by David Grisman 2004 - Vassar Clements: Livin' With The Blues Acoustic Disc ~ produced by David Grisman
LIVE PERFORMANCES ON THE WEB:
Live at the Kennedy Center (video + audio): http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/artist_detail.cfm?artist_id=KJACOBSDAV August 22, 2006
Live at The Great Waters Music Festival (audio) New Hampshire Public Radio http://www.nhpr.org/node/11297 July 29, 2006
Live on Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour (audio + video) http://www.woodsongs.com/showdetailspage.asp?SN=369 September 26, 2005
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