Ocean or a Teardrop

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Already established as a major young figure in the blues, David Jacobs-Strain widens his horizons a bit with this album. Blues remains at the roots, but in some cases, such as the adventurous "Earthquake" or the lyrical "Illinois," it's a little obscured by the branches overhead. That's not to say he's entirely turning his back on what begat him: there are splendid versions of songs by Blind Willie Johnson and Mississippi Fred McDowell here, while his version of Sleepy John Estes' "Girl I Love" is a delight of slide guitar played with a maturity far beyond his young ears. But Jacobs-Strain has rapidly developed as a writer, as something like "Take My Chances" shows. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Already established as a major young figure in the blues, David Jacobs-Strain widens his horizons a bit with this album. Blues remains at the roots, but in some cases, such as the adventurous "Earthquake" or the lyrical "Illinois," it's a little obscured by the branches overhead. That's not to say he's entirely turning his back on what begat him: there are splendid versions of songs by Blind Willie Johnson and Mississippi Fred McDowell here, while his version of Sleepy John Estes' "Girl I Love" is a delight of slide guitar played with a maturity far beyond his young ears. But Jacobs-Strain has rapidly developed as a writer, as something like "Take My Chances" shows. Featuring oud and kora along with more standard Western instruments, it's a tour de force for his gravelly voice, while "Yelapa Breakdown" transports him somewhat into early country territory, with some superb fiddle work from Joe Craven who's also outstanding on the title track. But perhaps the hardest-hitting cuts here feature a very small band -- both "Shoot the Devil" and "Sleepless Dream" benefit from a glorious tension in the arrangements that propels the music along. Getting better on guitar every day, never flashy or arrogant about his talent, Jacobs-Strain is set to become a major figure in music, not just blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • Label: Northern Blues
  • UPC: 809509002429
  • Catalog Number: 24
  • Sales rank: 375,051

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kokomo Blues (4:52)
  2. 2 Ocean or a Teardrop (4:36)
  3. 3 Girl I Love (4:29)
  4. 4 Sleepless Dream (4:17)
  5. 5 Take My Chances (5:06)
  6. 6 Soul of a Man (3:35)
  7. 7 Yelapa Breakdown (4:02)
  8. 8 Shoot the Devil (4:18)
  9. 9 Earthquake (4:46)
  10. 10 Illinois (5:12)
  11. 11 [Untitled Track] (0:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Jacobs-Strain Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Kenny Passarelli Bass, Bass Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Noise, fender rhodes, Drum Loop
Mark Clark Drums
Joe Craven Fiddle, Mandolin, Oud
Tim Stroh Loops, Drum Loop
Anne Weiss Vocals
Danny Click Electric Guitar
Kendrick Freeman Conga, Drums, Djembe
Peter Joseph Burtt Drums, Vocals, Kora, Shaker
Joe Filisko Harmonica
Joe Filisko Harmonica
Technical Credits
Sleepy John Estes Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Kenny Passarelli Producer, Audio Production
Tim Stroh Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Audio Production
Willie Johnson Composer
David Jacobs-Strain Composer
Emory Joseph Composer
Peter Joseph Burtt Composer
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