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