Double CD-Release Extravaganza With Indie Greats
David Jacobs-Strain and Joanne Rand
Dec. 4, 2009 Redwood Raks, Arcata
TWO LEGENDS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST MUSIC SCENE take stage with their bands in Arcata on Friday, December 4 for one of the hottest holiday shows of the year. Come prepared to dance!
Blues great David Jacobs-Strain and Arcata singer-songwriter Joanne Rand offer a double-CD release performance of traditional and psychedelic blues-rock revival at the beautiful Redwood Raks Studio, in the Old Creamery Building in Arcata (824 L Street).
Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door and are available at The Works in Arcata and Eureka. The concert is a benefit for Siskiyou Land Conservancy, an Arcata-based land trust dedicated to protecting wildlands and promoting sustainability on the North Coast.
During the concert Siskiyou Land Conservancy will offer “Taste of Place” local foods and beverages for sale, as well as a small silent auction.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 8. For more information call (707) 498-4900.
This fall Rand released her tenth independently produced record in 20 years, Snake Oil and Hummingbirds (submitted for Grammy nomination), which pianist George Winston called, “Another soulful recording by Joanne. Great renditions also of the Old Time songs.” Rand recently earned a BFA in Music Composition from Humboldt State University, an influence that tickles the edges of Snake Oil and Hummingbirds. The record’s avant-garde Appalachian traditionals, original orchestral compositions and contemporary folk-rock are performed in Rand’s inimitable sonic style.
David Jacobs-Strain’s newest CD, Terraplane Angel will be offered at the concert as a limited edition advance CD ahead of its release on a label.
A consummate finger-style and slide guitarist, and rootsy blues singer, David Jacobs-Strain is a veteran of the national club and festival circuit. In 2008 and 2009 Jacobs-Strain was chosen by Boz Scaggs to be the opener for his tour. A favorite at Humboldt’s Blues by the Bay, Jacobs-Strain has also shared the stage with T-Bone Burnett, Bob Weir, Los Lobos, Lucinda Williams, Taj Mahal, Etta James, Dave Mason, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
“[Jacobs-Strain] is just one of these guys who is in his own class. A great singer and guitar player,” says guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna). In 2008 the Washington Post agreed: “[Jacobs-Strain’s] 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.”
Jacobs-Strain’s Terraplane Angel was produced by legendary Nashville music master Ray Kennedy (Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Ray Davis). Guitar Player magazine said Jacobs-Strain “plays slide-driven country blues with a passion and authority that few artists of any age can muster.”
Rand is likewise accustomed to accolades. Dubbed “Psychedelic-Folk-Revival,” the Santa Rosa Press Democrat called Rand’s music “nothing short of brilliant.” A Sonoma County Bohemian readers’ poll voted her “Best Acoustic Band,” and the newspaper has called her a “legendary …longtime local hero.”