Presented by Vortex
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.”
WORTH is the music moniker of Portland, OR based singer-songwriter Christopher Worth. WORTH has become known for his unique style of bohemian blues which he developed as a street performer traveling across the US and Europe. His new album – Pardon Me – is the third and final piece in a trilogy titled “The Identity Triptych” that began with his first two records, Six Foot Soul and Two. Produced by Steve Berlin, Pardon Me spans a wide range of genre and style and is tied together by melodic songwriting, potent lyricism, and Christopher’s powerful voice. WORTH has opened for international acts such as Allen Stone, Everlast, and Ron Artis II, and this past summer was one of the Friday night headliners Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival. His songs are timeless, captivating and real and tied together by the power and purity of his voice.