DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon. He’s known for his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon, as well as his clear, powerful voice. His music moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. It’s a range that ties him to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne. He has appeared at festivals from British Columbia to Australia, including Merlefest, Telluride Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly, Bumbershoot and Blues to Bop in Switzerland and has toured with Boz Scaggs, Etta James & Lucinda Williams.
“David Jacobs-Strain sings and plays slide-driven country blues with a passion and authority that few artists of any age can muster. But besides firing off compelling covers of traditional tunes his original songs have served to update and evolve the idiom.” -Guitar Player Tonight he celebrates his live cd (much of it recorded at our venue) with our favorite harmonica virtuoso, Bob Beach. http://www.DavidJacobs-Strain.com
JUST ADDED: Singer/Songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine has given a Ted Talk, been awarded Song of the Year three times at the West Coast Songwriter’s Association, is an out gay advocate for equal rights for all, and has performed thousands of times around the globe. His compelling, poetic storytelling and songs have built a growing following of listeners and supporters. His most recent collections, “Fox Eyes, Whale Heart” and “Maybe Stars,” are available everywhere music is offered online. He writes songs that travel light, but “grow deeper and deeper with each further listen”, as the music publication Soundtrack to My Day describes. https://youtu.be/Mih-RLF00L8