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Bobby Jo Valentine with David Jacob's-Strain - Maybe Stars CD Release
Artichoke Music Venue
Portland, OR
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Bobby Jo Valentine with David Jacob's-Strain - Maybe Stars CD Release
Bobby Jo Valentine
Somewhere deep in the heart of everything lies a melody. It speaks to our truest selves, binds us together with the ones we love, and brings out the best part of who we are. Bobby Jo Valentine is a singer/songwriter who chases after this particular kind of music. He writes songs that travel light, but grow deeper and deeper with each further listen, as the music publication Soundtrack to My Day describes. The poetic nature of his stories and songs has resulted in many notable awards and a growing, supportive, loyal following. Bobby seeks to write music that means something good, and speaks to the beautiful, sacred, terrifying, mesmerizing world that we live in.

Hope-folk, soul-pop, poetic rockBobby Jo Valentines music exists outside the lines of any genre. The musics thoughtful lyrics and catchy melodies reach listeners on all paths of life, and the authentic, universal, uncanny nature of his songs have won him Songwriter of the Year at West Coast Songwriters Association twice and multiple other awards and positive response from music professionals. Hes sold 17,000 albums and performed more than 700 concerts, all without a record label, because of a growing, devoted group of fans who increase after every show.

His brand new album "Maybe Stars" tackles the deeper questions of life with a soulful, acoustic sound produced by Rob Stroup in Portland, Oregon. Its lyrics are about possibility, feeling what we need to feel, and trading deadlines for a softer ceiling. Don't miss this release!

David Jacobs-Strain
David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player who channels the musical spirit of the Mississippi Delta, and hand-hewn stories of his home in Oregon.  At ten years old he was busking on the streets of Eugene and Seattle, by nineteen he was playing at the New Port Folk Festival and opening for Etta James, and at twenty-one he dropped out of Stanford to play music full time.  "As I go further into music the path seems to change.  When I first started playing I wanted to capture the feeling of the Delta blues. Now I want to tell stories;  the sound and rhythm of the slide guitar are a vehicle for the characters in my head."  In "Hurricane Railroad,"  Jacobs-Strain sets a scene on the fringes of Oregon:  "There's a tar-paper shack at the edge of the clear-cut/ blackberry vines for a front yard/ living out on power line road/ drinking rainforest water out of mason jars."  The mood is rugged but playful, the 12string-guitar groove sits somewhere between Leo Kotke and Little Feat, and the blues is a way of feeling, as much as a scale or a style.  

On David's new live album the songs have become more personal and intimate; Jacobs-Strain writes that "The best songs seem to arrive as little discoveries  -the less intention I have for them the better.  If I already know what I want to say, what's the point?"  "Strong Believer" and "Thank You Nice Lady" deliver signature slide guitar and harmonica intensity, but the heart the of album is "Already Gone," where Jacobs-Strain wrestles with the death his long-time girlfriend: "People ask me if you suffered/ I tell them one thing or another/ don't they know I can't protect them/ it's only fear that misdirects them."   "The song came as a complete thought - the sound of the words came before the meaning.  It was everything I had struggled to say for a year that I couldn't put into words."


Artichoke Music Venue (View)
2007 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
United States



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