Sunday, April 17, Doverlaff House Concerts will host slide guitar phenom David Jacob Strain along with his side man, on harmonica, Bob Beach. The show will start at 7 p.m. with an opening set by Portland’s own Caleb Paul.
We first heard David when he was a 16 year old slide guitar prodigy at the Vancouver (B.C.) Folk Festival. We think he is 27 now and has a lot more experience and thousands more hours on the the guitar and has certainly achieved what Malcolm Gladwell referred to as the criterion for mastery, 10000 hours doing the thing. Truly as maven of the slide guitar, fully competent on the slide guitar canon and with many great original tunes.
Those of you who attended Sister’s Folk Festival in 2008 may have caught him there. He plays with side man, harmonica great, Bob Beach.
Some stuff from reviews:
Todd Snider said “This kid’s gonna be a superstar and I want a cut on his next album”
Jorma Kaukonen adds ““He is just one of these guys who is in his own class. A great singer and guitar player.”
From Guitar Player Magazine this, “David Jacobs-Strain sings and plays slide-driven country blues with a passion and authority that few artists of any age can muster. But besides firing off compelling covers of traditional tunes. . . his original songs have served to update and evolve the idiom, winning widespread respect from the contemporary blues community.”
From the Washington Post, “His acoustic and electric guitar work is crisp and driven, and his voice can rise to a soulful pitch or fall quietly in sync with a loping beat. His imagery-rich tales—well, it’s not hard to imagine some of them being covered by the likes of John Hammond Jr. . . . or Boz Scaggs
Maybe a few You Tube videos will give you more perspective:
Caleb Paul will open. We think you will really love Caleb’s singing and guitar work. He blew us away the first time he attended our Doverlaff Songwriters Circle. A beautiful voice and great guitar chops define his performing.
The show will start at 7 p.m. with a short set by Caleb. We will have the usual snacks and drinks available. Come join us for another great show at Doverlaff. $20 suggested donation, all of which goes to David. Seats are only guaranteed by advance payment of the suggested donation. You can send, or hand deliver them to us at 7326 SE Woodward St. Portland, Oregon 97206. You can reach Dan for questions or directions at 503.730.3189.
We sure hope to see you here.
We have a few more shows coming up in our 2015-16 season including:
Gideon Freudmann, on May 14th
“Gideon Freudmann is a talented, experimental cellist that got the ear of producers from NPR’s All Thing’s Considered. There is sense of humor, a spirit of eclectic adventure, and a mastery of classic and jazz forms in these pieces. This fusion of talent & experiment makes for a peerless and unforgettable collection of gems.”
Folk Legend David Mallet, on June 12
In a career spanning four decades, he has recorded 14 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs, including the American folk classic Garden Song [Inch by Inch, Row by Row] and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe. He has appeared on numerous broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. Known for his carefully written, poetic offerings, his body of work has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Alison Krauss, Pete Seeger, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, John Denver and the Muppets.