David Jacobs-Strain & Christopher Worth
In 2001, as concert director at Swallow Hill Music Association, I was charged with booking their 5th annual Coors Roots of the Blues Festival. I 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. My 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.
It is eighteen years hence and that prodigious, young bluesman has not only 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 newest record, due to release later this year 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.
Christopher has become known for his unique style of bohemian blues which he developed as a street performer traveling across the US and Europe. His songs are timeless and real and are tied together by the power and purity of his voice. WORTH's new album - 'Pardon Me - is the third and final piece in a trilogy titled The (id)Entity Triptych" that began with his first records, Six Foot Soul and Two.
Rainshadow Recording Studio (View)
Fort Worden State Park, Bldg 315 West
Port Townsend, WA 98368
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