Published on June 4th, 2019 | by Hype Editorial0
Cris Jacobs Band at The Mint on June 5th
Cris Jacobs Band // The Mint // June 5th
“Singer-guitarist Cris Jacobs has been a staple of Baltimore’s music scene for nearly two decades, and his new album, “Color Where You Are,” might be his finest yet.” – The Washington Post
Acclaimed musician Cris Jacobs will perform at The Mint on June 5th in support of his praised 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.”
The album’s title references Jacobs’ no longer having the luxury of waiting for inspiration to strike. Cris Jacobs “colored where he was”. The album has received praise from Relix, Rolling Stone Country, JamBase, Glide Magazine, and The Washington Post.
As the follow up to his critically-acclaimed 2016 album Dust to Gold, Color Where You Are is Jacobs’ most focused effort to date. Recorded in Richmond, Virginia, the album came together as a collaborative effort between Jacobs and band members Todd Herrington (bass), Dusty Ray Simmons (drums/percussion), and Jonathan Sloane (guitar), as well as guest keyboardist Daniel Clarke (k.d. lang, Ryan Adams), who also played a major role in the album’s creation. Mixed by multi-GRAMMY winner Ryan Freeland, Color Where You Are is a deeply soulful delivery of styles, feels, and subject matter from a changed-for-the-better Cris Jacobs; still true to what his fanbase has grown devoted to, but with a confident step in a fresh direction. When asked what he wants to do with his music, Jacobs thoughtfully responds, “I’m trying to connect with people. To express real-life human emotions and make people feel things. To hopefully have people walk away feeling lighter or happier or more inspired to be a better person in some way after listening.”
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 name “Neville Jacobs”. 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.
For more information, visit http://www.crisjacobs.com/tour