An upcoming band in the Texas scene that came across my social media feed is the Jeff Jacobs Band. I have been giving their music some plays on Spotify and have enjoyed their style of country/southern rock.
I was looking through the band bio on their website and was blown away to see what Jeff Jacobs had been through growing up. His mother was fortunate to get out of a toxic relationship, but it meant that the family would have a tough road ahead. He references eating sandwiches that were made up of french fries. He used to work crazy long hours and still would be stressed and nervous about having enough money to make ends meet.
There are obstacles throughout our lives that we must overcome and if we channel our struggles properly we can do some amazing things. Jacobs cites music being the constant in his life that gave him the will to keep trudging ahead. “I was never going to sit around and wallow in the fact that I went through hard times in my life and I try to raise the spirits of those around me. I am going to enjoy life and I want to share that with everyone.” (jeffjacobsband.com) I found that pretty inspiring myself.
When I came across these guys, I heard “Feels Alight to Me” which has strong guitar licks and a rock edge to it. As a fan of southern rock, I found it to me a solid upbeat listen and certainly a song that would surely be a hit in the venues. Jacobs said the root of this song boils down to “Life is about doing what you want, no matter how many doubters insist on putting their two cents in.” At the end of the day, you have to do what YOU want to do and set out to accomplish the things that make YOU happy. It’s not healthy to live your life for others and push down your own desires to be “accepted”or seek “approval.”
They have a few more songs with similar upbeat styles like “Spend Some Time” and “Living Life Free.” I really enjoyed the slower ballad style songs like ‘Think About a Day” which was based on a dream Jacobs had on “the one that got away.” Most guys can relate to that one girl they had a huge crush on and get stuck in the friend zone. Despite their best efforts, the girl continues to go after the jerks and keeps ignoring the guys that actually care. Are you surprised when those relationships never work out? I’m not, but she probably is.
As I have listened to this six song self titled album, the trend that hit me is to be living life to the fullest. Taking life for granted can be a dangerous ordeal as the future is certainly unknown. Going to the same job, seeing the same people constantly and having no spontaneity makes life boring to many. Jacobs having been through some tough times, I imagine having a different outlook on life than many “routine oriented folks.” Experiencing uncertain futures and struggling to make ends meet creates an appreciation for life. As my journey with country music has grown, I continue to see the hardships many of these talented musicians have faced and how they have pushed ahead despite it all. Think of the relationships that have been affected with travel, the rough financial times, and self doubt about career choice at low moments. The Jeff Jacobs Band has obviously put themselves on the right track as “some kid” from Massachusetts is here blogging about them.
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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