We at Grateful Music are super excited to take our “festivacation” this weekend on Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia for the inaugural 4848 Festival. We told you about the details on the diverse lineup, special accommodations, unique events and more through our interview with All Good founder Tim Walther back in May. One of the bands we are most anticipating seeing live on the mountain is Cris Jacobs Band, the dynamic Baltimore-based bluesy-meets-cosmic-country band that is quickly emerging as a must-see act. We took a minute to catch up with Cris to talk 4848, the recent Mike Gordon sit-in, his new album, and more.
"I think sometimes we just look way too past the present and are sort of blinded to...our ability to create beauty in the present." That was the meditative response from singer/songwriter Cris Jacobs when asked about the meaning of the title to his newest album "Color Where You Are".
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong played two full sets highlighted by performances of “Upfunk” and “Paperboy” in the opening half, and a 20-minute “Poseidon” with guitarist Cris Jacobs and “King Kong” in the second half of the show.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Cris Jacobs got properly immersed in the High Sierra scene for the first time in 2018. This year, the 41-year-old Baltimore, Maryland, native who dabbles in a mélange of alt-country, roots, and Americana music, is back, and is set to perform with his band (in support of “Color Where You Are,” released April 2019 on the Blue Rose Music label) and with several other batches of musicians at High Sierra. That is after he finishes up a week of shows hopscotching the country with Phil Lesh and Friends. Grateful Web recently caught up with Jacobs to discuss High Sierra.
Bassist Mike Gordon sat-in with the Cris Jacobs Band on Saturday night at The Soundry in Columbia, Maryland. Gordon’s guest spot came after his performance that evening with Phish at the nearby Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Cris Jacobs brought his engaging vocal and guitar-playing skills to The Mint in Los Angeles on June 5, 2019, as part of a tour through the United States, celebrating the release of his new solo album Color Where You Are (4/12/19). The crowd at The Mint enjoyed a set of hard-charging blues, soul, rock and Americana tunes, including several cuts from the new album.
Color Where You Are. Released April 12 via Blue Rose Music, Color Where You Are follows Jacobs’ brand of rock, Americana, and soul through the next steps of his life; coming off of a few years of extensive touring, learning to recognize the current political climate and its divisive nature, and most importantly, becoming a husband and a father. Jacobs and band members Todd Herrington (bass), Dusty Ray Simmons (drums/percussion), and Jonathan Sloane (guitar) self-produced Color Where You Are together, piecing together songs that Jacobs found time to write “between tours, coming home, changing diapers, fixing things around the house… whenever I could."