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David Jacobs-Strain, photo credit: D'Addario

Todd Snider

“This kid’s gonna be a superstar and i want a cut on his next album”

Gary von Tersch, Big City Blues Magazine

Review of Live From The Left Coast

“It’s great to hear twenty-somethings like Jacobs-Strain, here artfully
shadowed by harmonica virtuoso Bob Beach, continuing to take the blues
in fresh new directions but, then again, with the equally imaginative
Otis Taylor and Bob Brozman as mentors, what else would you expect?
Recorded live at the Rolling and Tumbling temporary juke joint in
Eugene, Oregon, the well-traveled musician brightly brings his primal
slide guitar sound to the millennials generation with an eclectic vision
that merges blues, folk, rock and indie pop into an engaging Americana
brew with pockets of funk and reggae around the edges. A trio of covers
pay homage to other early heroes with Taj Mahal’s “Big Legged Mamas”
getting a bouncy setting, Stephen Stills’ “Treetop Flyer” turned into an
extended rumination and Robert Johnson’s “Come On In My Kitchen”
suffused with some nearly hollering slide work. Impressive Jacobs-Strain
originals include the ballad “Halfway To The Coast,” the anti-war song
“Ocean Or A Teardop,” a Northern California travelogue called “Pescadero
Beach” and the buoyant set opener “Rainbow Junkies,” with Beach’s Sonny
Terry-influenced harp work the perfect foil.”

Roz Smith, The Aquarian Weekly, NYC

“David Jacobs-Strain: Resident Rocker
The talented up-and-comer redefines the typical stigma associated with blues music by adding a coy and playful twist to his twangy guitars and tender vocals, providing listeners with a healthy blend of folk infused soulful rock.”

Cody Calamaio, Gazette.Net

“David Jacobs-Strain keeps his music on the map.
His songs may evoke feelings of the south, but David Jacobs-Strain knows where he comes from.

Representing western Oregon, the 28-year-old singer-songwriter strives for his lyrics to maintain a sense of place while his music keeps a southern roots vibe.

“That feels important to me not to try to pretend to be from somewhere else, even though the sounds that I use or what I evoke are even from another place and time,” he says. “I want to evoke where I’m really from in the songs.”

And although Jacobs-Strain knows where his songs fall on the map, he tries to keep them out of a genre box by throwing out terms like “geekabilly” and “gangster grass” before settling on the self-description of indie rock-infused delta blues.”

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Jorma Kaukonen

“He is just one of these guys who is in his own class. A great singer and guitar player.”


“His albums are slow burning wonders. . .” See more. . .

Washington Post

“His acoustic and electric guitar work is crisp and driven, and his voice can rise to a soulful pitch or fall quietly in sync with a loping beat. His imagery-rich tales—well, it’s not hard to imagine some of them being covered by the likes of John Hammond Jr. . . . or Boz Scaggs. . .” See more. . .

Dirty Linen

“He doesn’t just rock out: he’s learned the art of crossing musical boundaries from the masters. His music has a fiery passion that’s exciting and engaging, tempered with an aesthetic reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest, where he grew up and cut his first guitar strings. Don’t be fooled by his youth; Jacobs-Strain knows what he’s doing.” See more. . .

Guitar Player

“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, winning widespread respect from the contemporary blues community.” See more. . .

Chicago Tribune

“Jacobs-Strain’s tastes are unapologetically eclectic. . . ‘Rainbow Junkies,’ . . . is built on a slowed-down Bo Diddley beat, while ‘Say It to My Face’ could be garage-rockers the Fleshtones in deep blues mode.” See more. . .

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