David Jacobs-Strain & the Crunk Mountain Boys

David Jacobs-Strain & the Crunk Mountain Boys

David Jacobs-Strain is a virtuosic slide guitar player and a storyteller with a passionate one-man show that is both humorous and deeply lyrical. A bridge between today’s indie folk troubadours and the delta guitar slingers of the 1930s, David plays with precision and sings with emotional abandon. He’s a six-foot-two Jewish blues singer from Oregon, a Stanford drop out in a trucker hat, and a left coast poet; one part Leo Kottke, one part Ken Kesey, and one part Robert Johnson. Is it delta blues? Gansta Grass? Geekabilly? Secular Humanist Gospel? It's a sound big enough to land David at the Newport Folk Festival – as a teenager, and later at Merlefest, the Strawberry Music Festival, the Montreal International Jazz Fest, and on tour with artists as diverse as Lucinda Williams, Etta James, Bob Weir, and Boz Scaggs (for three summer tours).  David’s new record Live from the Left Coast features harmonica legend Bob Beach. “Rainbow Junkies” could be a lost Jimmie Page tune and “Hurricane Railroad” grooves like a young David Lindley, while “Dirt and Wildflowers” is a quirky but sexy revelation (The Moldy Peaches meets Townes Van Zandt). The cascading harmonics and retro tinted lyrics of “Halfway to the Coast” and “Pescadero” evoke the damaged but wild northwest heartbroken but beautiful, melodic and spare.

Adrien Reju

Lucky Ones, produced by Jack Dishel (Only Son, The Moldy Peaches, Regina Spektor), is the sophomore effort from New York-based singer and songwriter Adrien Reju. The new album is a departure from the folk vibe of her debut release A Million Hearts and shows evolution and growth from the artist with its edgier pop sound, orchestral arrangements, and retro-rock backbeat drums, offering something fresh for dedicated fans and new listeners. 

When negotiations with a NYC-based independent record label broke down due to differences, Reju sought out PledgeMusic, a Kickstarter-like fundraising platform, to help her release the new album. To launch the campaign, Reju and producer Jack Dishel, who bonded over their love for comedy, together created a comedic sketch short film entitled "The Mysterious Producer." The success of the campaign was notable, raising over 125% of its target from supporters in the United States and as far afield as the United Kingdom and Germany. Matt Connor of PledgeMusic took notice of the new album, saying, "the compelling mix places Reju firmly alongside today's most celebrated female pop songwriters."

Her music has received accolades from the New York SongCircle, awards from 100% Music Songwriting Contest, a Top 10 Songwriter listing by CBS Philly, and soundtrack appearances, including the opening credits of Hallmark Movie Channel's "Flower Girl."



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