David Jacob-Strains with Bob Beach at Doverlaff on April 21

Jacob-Strain and harmonic maven, Bob Beach, return to Doverlaff House Concerts on Easter evening, Sunday, April 21 at 7:30. We love David and Bob. Great chops, great songs, great people. This will be their third appearance here at Doverlaff. As usual, the show will start at 7:30 with doors open at 7. Suggested donation is $20. You can reserve your seats by sending us your advance donation to 7326 SE Woodward St., PDX, 97206. If you have questions or need directions you can call Dan at 503.730.3189. Make checks out to Dan Dover and put David-Jacob Strain in the memo line.

David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon. He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and 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.” His new album, “Geneseo,” speaks of open roads, longing hearts and flashbacks of Oregon– a record of emotions big and small, and lyrics that turn quickly from literal to figurative. “I’m fascinated by the way that rural blues inscribes movement and transience. The music that frees a singer keeps them on the run; there’s a crossroads where a thing can be enchanting but dangerous; damaging but beautiful.”

William Stafford will open.

Some DJS videos:

Tree Top Flyer

Come On In My Kitchen 

Big League Dreams

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