Cris Jacobs Band // Fractal Cat
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.
Baltimore’s Fractal Cat writes and performs music influenced by the classic decades of rock ‘n’ roll. As a six-piece psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll band, the band combines multipart harmonies with lyrical themes combining social commentary and mysticism. The band released The Tower, its third album of all-original material, live in studio at WTMD Radio, Baltimore in early 2017—the station’s first ever album release party. In July, the album debuted at #14 on the Relix/Jambands.com radio chart. In 2016, Fractal Cat was featured in the “Maryland Music” documentary presented by Maryland Public Television. The group and its side projects perform at dozens of clubs and festivals in the Baltimore region and beyond, sharing the stage with acts of all stripes, including Matisyahu, Trevor Hall, Dan Deacon, The Mantras, People’s Blues of Richmond, and the Rumpke Mountain Boys.
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