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David Jacobs-Strain & BobBeach

David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon.  He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll.  It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne.  “I try to make art that you can dance to, but I love that darker place, where in my mind,  Skip James, Nick Drake, and maybe Elliot Smith blur together.”  

David Jacobs-Strain has appeared at festivals from British Columbia to Australia, including Merlefest, Telluride Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly, Bumbershoot, and Blues to Bop in Switzerland.  He’s taught at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch, and at fifteen years old was on the faculty at Centrum’s Blues and Heritage workshop. 

Bob Beach is a master harmonica player, flute player, songwriter and singer. Bob has performed for years with many musicians and is the harp player of choice on the east coast and beyond. Bob met David in 2002. Their live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll.


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Quotes and Booking Information

David and Bob were Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artists in 2020. The recently performed at:

Redding Roots, Strawberry Festival, Juan de Fuca Festival of Art & Music, Kate Wolf 25th and Final Festival and Bear Creek Festival ( Alberta, CA) 

David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach make their debut studio album as a duo, after a decade on the road

The duo launched a crowd funding campaign to support their live album " Belfry Session" with as release and tour early 2023.

“David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach blew me away last summer at Swannanoa. As we say at home, they knocked my hat in the creek. I can’t envision the audience that could fail to take to them from the first chord and to the last. Hear them yourself as soon as you can.”

Tom Paxton

"It was amazing. Possibly my favorite house concert so far. They are so talented and they play so 'tight' together. Everyone loved it." D Hill -OR Concert Host



David lives in Eugene, OR and Bob in the Philadelphia PA area- they open to touring on both coasts and in many parts of the US and Canada. Best fit are Acoustic venues, Folk Series, Listening Rooms, Festivals, wineries and house concerts.

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