The Eugene Guitar Connection, In Portland

Lucas Risinger (l) and Brooks Robertson

Here are a few shots from a fantastic show I had the privilege of attending a couple nights ago at the Mississippi Studios club here in Portland, featuring Eugene, Oregon-based guitarists David Jacobs-Strain and Brooks Robertson. That’s Robertson above, with bassist Lucas Risinger.

David Jacobs-Strain
David Jacobs-Strain

 

Bluesy slide guitarist Jacobs-Strain (above), was the headliner; his eclectic style, a melding of blues, rock, pop, folk and Americana was unlike anything I’d heard before. He’s a thoughtful songwriter as well, delivering rich, engaging lyrics of longing hearts and a strong sense for place.

I picked up his latest CD, Geneseo, much of which was recorded in a 200-year-old converted church in rural upstate New York. I’m really looking forward to listening to it start to finish. There’s plenty to listen to on his website.

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He’s backed up by Bob Beach (below) on the harmonica, a partnership that worked extremely well in the intimate Mississippi Studios venue.

Bob Beach
Bob Beach

Robertson, who opened the evening, describes himself as a “funky finger style guitarist”; to that I would only add “scary good”.  Check out his website for more info, or go directly to his soundcloud page to check out half a dozen songs.

Brooks Robertson
Brooks Robertson

Five more photos below.

Bob Beach 02
Bob Beach
David Jacobs-Strain 02
David Jacobs-Strain
Brooks Robertson 02
Brooks Robertson

Lucas Risinger 02 Lucas Risinger 01

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  1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says

    toto, you’re not in latin america anymore!!! looks like a great evening for recharging the batteries! glad you’re better and back with the living!

    z

    1. BobR says

      Thanks, and yes, feeling much better! It’s refreshing to be in a place where darkness doesn’t descend by 6:30. 🙂

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