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PI JACOBS —A LITTLE BLUE (Travianna Records)


Singer-songwriter PI Jacobs strikes a reasonable balance as she combines serious, light and breezy humour with sharply penned lyrics, and snappy licks throughout her latest album, her 7th commercial offering, A Little Blue.


Jacob’s describes her music as being an Americana bluesy rock thing. But there is more to it than that for A Little Blue is a little different from her usual work, since it is her first, fully acoustic recording. With top notch bluegrass pickers playing on the record (Aaron Ramsey, bass, mandolin and guitar on “Halfway Done”) and Jeff Partin (dobro, lap steel guitar) plus harmony vocals (she sings some of them) and her own acoustic guitar the record combines rural climes and urban.


Now signed to Virginia label, Mountain Fever's sister company, Travianna Records Jacobs was raised in urban San Francisco, and enjoys many different strains and influences that run through her music. Some of the best can be heard on the Dobro warmed “Weed And Wine”, bustling soul-stirring number “Dance Clean” (here she sings of how she wants to sweat like a libertine down in the church) and with a stripped down feel, other than guitar, bass and harmony vocals she delivers evocative ode “The Moment”. A song where she reflects on her life. While the music is pretty, and her songs, well written there is generally a lack of excitement. As heard in the drifting “Half Way Done” and a few more, the record needs more songs offering a greater urgency, as in the bouncy infectious guitar and Dobro warmed “Dead Man”. Good though the likes of “Purple State” and “Good Things” might be they don’t make the impression of poignant “When My Father Is Gone”; an autobiographical piece I imagine.


                                                            Maurice Hope  

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