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Mark your calendar: David Jacobs-Strain
Blues musician David Jacobs-Strain

A clean–cut white guy from Oregon, in his 20s, David Jacobs–Strain is one of today’s more direct links to the old Mississippi delta bluesmen.

Hailed as a blues prodigy before his 12th birthday, Jacobs–Strain is a slide guitarist whose prowess on the acoustic guitar have made him a sort of modern–day folk hero in the Pacific Northwest.

At David Grisman’s invitation, Jacobs–Strain appeared alongside many of the nation’s great string players on the Tone Poets compilation. Boz Scaggs chose him to open two cross–country tours.

Jacobs–Strain has an emotional singing style, and in his songwriting (and playing style) he’s transcended traditional blues to incorporate rock, jazz, folk, and the sort of swinging, soulful Southern hybrid of great ’70s bands like Sea Level and the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

There are two Chatham County shows coming up for Jacobs–Strain. On Saturday, Oct. 23, he’ll perform at the Ships of the Sea Museum, in an 8 p.m. concert put on by the Savannah Folk Music Society. Tickets are $10 public, $5 students and seniors, and free for Folk Society members.

The next day (that’s Oct. 24) Jacobs–Strain will play at the Tybee Post Theatre. It’s the second time this year the Friends of the TBT have had music inside the still–being–renovated vintage building.

That show is at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15.

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