Cris Jacobs review…November 5, 2016…

CRIS JACOBS

DUST TO GOLD

AMERICAN SHOWPLACE MUSIC  ASM  2229

THE DEVIL OR JESSE JAMES–KIND WOMAN–HALLELUJAH HUSTLER–JACK THE WHISTLE AND THE HAMMER–COLD CAROLINA–BONE DIGGER–DELIVERY MAN–TURN INTO GOLD–LITTLE DREAMER–BREAK YOUR FALL–SHINE YOUR WEARY LIGHT–LEAVING CHARM CITY

For his second solo album, Cris Jacobs continues his crusade to win over listeners with exceptional guitar work, masterful songwriting, and a voice as comfortable as your favorite slippers that is equally at home singing blues, folk, gospel, or even the Greater Nashville phone directory and making them all sound fantastic!  This album is twelve more of his originals dealing with love’s pain and triumph, and the daily struggles and victories we all endure.  It is called “Dust To Gold,” and it is a gold mine indeed of fine music.

Along with Cris on vocals and guitars, Todd Herrington is on bass, Dusty Ray Simmons is on drums, and our good friend John Ginty is all over the keys.  A man trying to escape his past thru the change of identities is the leadoff story of “The Devil Or Jesse James,” climaxing with a quirky, blast of psychedelic guitars.  The laid-back, front-porch vibe that drives Cris’ tale of a “Kind Woman” is fueled by some mighty strong dobro work, while the poignant “Little Dreamer” is a song Cris and his wife Kat, who is on backing vocals, gently sing to their unborn child a song dealing with the frailties of life.  John Ginty’s acoustic piano brings that ol’ “Hallelujah Hustler” into focus, reiterating that “we only have a moment ’til we’re gone.”

It’s no wonder that Sturgill Simpson and Steve Winwood  hand-picked Cris Jacobs to open for them on their latest tours.  His fans love his spontaneity, and “Dust To Gold” will add to his growing legion of fans!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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