Cris Jacobs at Motorco Music Hall
Whether alone with just the guitar and his voice or surrounded by a full band, Cris Jacobs enchants listeners with his inspired, poignant songwriting, virtuous guitar playing, and soulfully transcendent voice. Artists across the board have discovered Jacobs’ musicianship and supple versatility, resulting in an impressive variety of formats in which he has played over the last few years. After a decade, five records, and 200 shows a year as principal songwriter and frontman for beloved Baltimore-based band The Bridge from 2001-2011, Jacobs wasted no time continuing to write music of his own and exploring different configurations for his craft. He released his debut solo album, Songs for Cats and Dogs, in 2012, and continued to perform relentlessly, both with his new band and as a solo artist. In doing so, he quickly garnered the admiration of a variety of predecessors and peers: rock legend Steve Winwood saw Jacobs perform in 2014 and soon invited him to open his national tour. The following year, Sturgill Simpson extended the same invitation. Never limited by genre, Jacobs and New Orleans heavyweight Ivan Neville recorded a collaborative album under the band name “Neville Jacobs”, which will be released in 2017. As an adapting, evolving, versatile musician who has survived on his own merit, Jacobs continues to win over audiences of many tastes, as he brings his characteristic authenticity and soul to every set.
Jacobs feels there are common threads across many genres of music, and he has harnessed over a decade of trans-genre exploration on his second solo album, Dust to Gold, released in 2016, from American Showplace Music. The album is a soul-stirring expression of the current chapter of his creative evolution, featuring twelve well-crafted songs that masterfully weave through the sweet and rugged landscape of soul, country, folk, blues, gospel, and rock and roll. Through every turn, one can easily feel Jacobs’ reverence to his influences, but the result is an original, eclectic record with a sound that is authentically his. In a given moment, Jacobs’ guitar playing is gritty, soulful, rich, and lyrical. It’s subtle, yet adventurous. His voice is at once sweet and sultry, with a honeyed whiskey croon that delivers his thoughtful, expressive lyrics.
Singer-songwriter Cooper Alan is a 21 year old performer with almost a decade of experience on the country music scene. He and his band, formerly known as «Below The Line,» have built a strong resume by opening for artists like Travis Tritt, The Eli Young Band, Kip Moore, Echosmith, and many more. Truly gifted performers, Cooper and the boys put on a show that will keep you singing and dancing all night long. It doesn't matter whether it's a dive bar or a stadium, you are going to get a performance filled with unmitigated energy and passion. That attitude has driven his hometown fans of Winston Salem to vote him «Best Band» on multiple occasions and has made him a go-to stop for a night of fun, friends, and family. His debut single «Carolina Saturday Night» achieved national acclaim by reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart and #29 on the DRT Country Music Chart. The entire debut album can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, and CD Baby. You can also follow him on his very own Pandora station. So please, check out the music and make sure to catch a show on his Spring 2018 Tour, making stops in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia! Be on the lookout for the new EP «Loud» in the coming weeks!