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"This young 'keeper of the flame' blows my hair back. It's all new; but
gives me that much needed Jimi and Stevie fix."
- Vince Welnick, keyboardist (Greatful Dead, Todd Rundgren, The Tubes)


Jacob Michael Live Review

Ely Blues Festival 2003
Winton, MN
September 5-6, 2003
by Rich Benson

Photography © 2003 by Mindy

Teenage blues guitar whiz Jacob Michael kicked things off Day 2 with some hot playing on "Hideaway." The young guitar slinger, backed by solid veterans on bass and drums delivered a great deal of fluid, expressive guitar riffs. This young man has a bright future in the music business. Jacob's set of mostly covers, seasoned with a few originals, had the crowd moving and dancing, impressed with his great guitar tone and strong vocals. Jacob showed some nice, buzzing, snarling riffs on "Only a Fool Would Set You Free." His fluid playing, great held notes, and pleasing tone made for some great blues guitar. Jacob has a great deal of respect and reverence for the blues, which he showed on his solid covers of "That's Alright" and "I'm Ready." On the latter he does not try to copy Muddy, but plays his guitar with great fast fills and sings with powerful emotion so that he captures the spirit of the song. His original, "Your Love Is Like a Fire" features solid, fast guitar riffs that are low and growling, seldom screaming or howling. His clear, expressive vocals featured smoothly drawn out lyrics. Jacob treated the crowd to a short, brilliant, flamenco style guitar solo before closing his solid set. - blues on stage


Wolf's Head Rally Review

What do you get when you combine a young guitar phenome with a seasoned rhythm section? Reliable energy, grit with a groove--the Jacob Michael Blues Band.

When Jacob Michael attended his first Bayfront Blues Festival at age 9 he knew right away that he wanted to play blues. He was already playing piano, and added Stevie Ray-inspired electric guitar. At 12, he hooked up with blues-veteran John Gruber through an art mentorship program. Together they worked up songs using a drum machine and started performing as a duo. Jacob recorded his first CD at age 13 in Portland, Oregon. Soon after returning, experienced drummer Rick Brandenburg joined the group and they became the Jacob Michael Blues Band. Now 16, Jacob and his band have satisfied crowds at The Gunflint Tavern, Papa Charlie’s, and Bev’s Juke Joint in Superior. Highlight gigs this summer included a Saturday slot at Blues On The Range, and a main act performance at The Tap Room in Duluth during Blues Festival weekend. Influenced by Freddie King, Ronnie Earl, BB King, and Otis Rush, Jacob has developed a personal style using speed, dynamics, blues phrasing, and heart-ripping vocals. Last January the band recorded a CD of original songs at Bally Haus Studio in Duluth. The recording is virtually live and was completed in just a few hours. The CD is selling and interest in Jacob is accelerating. Young phenome? Wunderkid? Yep. But the bottom line is good gritty blues.

http://www.wolfsheadrally.com/wolfshead/artists/artists2003.htm - blues on stage


Discography

Still working on that hot first release.

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Bio

Nineteen year old Jacob Michael, born July of 1986 in Grand Marais, Minnesota, plays lead guitar. Beginning at an early age, Jacob was drawn to music. His formal musical career began at the age of 7, with the study of piano. After two years he decided to try his hand at guitar, which has remained his instrument of choice.

A self-taught guitar player, Jacob has been working at mastering his instrument for years. In the summer of 1999 he began to play in a blues
duo with mentor, John Gruber. Rick Brandenburg, drummer was added and the Jacob Michael Blues Band played at festivals, clubs and restaurants in Northern Minnesota.

Jacob Michael has attended the prestigious and highly competitive Perpich Center for Arts Education in Minnesota. In the summers he showcased his talents playing festivals and clubs in the Pacific Northwest.

In November of 2003, Jacob Michael met the members of a band out of Northern Minnesota, SpaceSugar. After jamming together Jacob decided to invite SpaceSugar to join him in recording his debut CD. All seasoned professionals they bring their sound and energy to Jacob Michael's original music. The group consists of Robin Anders on drums, percussion, Jim Hall on bass and Bill Bulinski on guitar.

Jacob Michael's sets include a wide range of his own originals seasoned with cover songs representing the music of musicians who have influenced him throughout his career.

Musical Influences

Jacob spent hours studying the lead guitar styles of his favorite musicians, several of the most notable musicians of our time. In his early days while crafting his own style, Jacob listened to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Lonnie Mack, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, John Scofield, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, among others.

Now at age 19, having found his own style of eclectic blues infused with rock he lists his influences as Ronnie Earl, Oscar Lopez, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and Chick Corea.

"To me playing music is about channeling energy that comes from other things in life. It is a positive powerful thing that can make you feel any which way. My goals are to keep having fun playing music and to perfect the groove that makes us all feel the way we do about music, playing live." (Jacob Michael, January 2004)