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CT Folk’s First Fridays concert series to feature David Jacobs-Strain

Written by Sean Henri

acific Northwest songwriter and guitar virtuoso David Jacobs-Strain performs songs off of his forthcoming release Terraplane Angel at CT Folk’s First Fridays concert series at the First Presbyterian Church in New Haven on Friday, November 6th at 7:30 p.m. Shawn Taylor opens the show.

David Jacobs

David Jacobs-Strain

NEW HAVEN, CT – Pacific Northwest songwriter and guitar virtuoso David Jacobs-Strain performs songs off of his forthcoming release Terraplane Angel at CT Folk’s First Fridays concert series at the First Presbyterian Church in New Haven on Friday, November 6th at 7:30 p.m. Shawn Taylor opens the show.

Born in New Haven and raised in Eugene, Oregon, David Jacobs-Strain has come a long way from his days slugging a bamboo gear cart with a tattered “Delta Blues” sign through the Oregon Country Fair mud at the age of 13. For the next twelve years, he toured clubs and festivals nationwide, crisscrossing the Sierra-Nevada and Siskiyou mountains and navigating urban jungles of the East before landing in Nashville this year to cut a world-class recording of powerful original songs at the legendary studio of Ray Kennedy.

Years of solo shows formed Jacobs-Strain into a performer of rare strength and virtuosity. His outrageous guitar work jumps from wild fingerstyle to slide and percussive drive with a depth and fluidity that produces enough tone to rival any jam band. And his voice carries an emotional intensity that his songs demand.

Folks say that David Jacobs-Strain writes songs about the Pacific Northwest the way Lucinda Williams writes about the South or Tom Petty captures Southern California. The songs about love and loss, joy and outlaws, are set amidst the landscape of the old mining towns and old-growth clearcuts where counterculture kingpins reign.

Jacobs-Strain’s ability to capture emotional intensity in a deeply personal way has made him a mainstay on the national festival circuit. And his guitar style, both thundering and shimmering, has landed him onstage alongside performers like Taj Mahal and Bob Weir. His festival credits include Strawberry, MerleFest and the Vancouver Folk Festival, and he spent an entire summer opening for Boz Scaggs as a solo performer. David Grisman invited Jacobs-Strain to appear alongside many of the nation’s greatest string players on the Tone Poets compilation.

His forthcoming recording, Terraplane Angel produced by Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams), will soon be available. David Jacobs-Strain’s current release, Liar’s Day (2008) was produced by Kenny Pasarelli (Stephen Stills, Joe Walsh).

ADMISSION: tickets $16/adv $20/door seniors & students $12/adv $15/door. For more information and tickets visit: http://www.ctfolk.com/tickets.html

About the author

Sean Henri

Sean is the founder and editor of The Connecticut Weekender, and CEO and Founder of Pepperland Marketing. He's a lifelong CT resident and frequently blogs about the outdoors, beer, food, family life and small business in CT. Follow him on Twitter at @SeanHenri.

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