Joel Jacob
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Joel Jacob

Bakersfield, California, United States | INDIE

Bakersfield, California, United States | INDIE
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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"...never ceases to amaze..." - Bakersfield Californian

"From the Guthries to the Dylans and beyond -- music history has plenty of traveling minstrel stories that could fill a library. But rarely do you get a chance to discover an evolving local talent whose stories and skills are as captivating as Joel Jacob's...This Canadian has had an on-and-off musical affair with the streets of Bakersfield over the past four years. But his next journey just make take him to the majors...The result is "Makeshift Motive," a 12-track independent wonder of catchy compositions, ranging from soulful roots, reggae, hints of hip-hop and more."

- Matt Munoz - Bakotopia Magazine (Nov 2009)

"phenomenal...wildy entertaining and he can be compared
to an “urban Jack Johnson. What’s even more enter-
taining is that Jacob is a One-Man-Band, playing
four instruments at any given time. He is extremely
talented and is able to play more instruments than I
have room to write...You will not be dis-

-Marc Perez, Amanda Galindo - Cal State Runner (Bakersfield)

"In the center of the 'scene' was a bass drum, a kick snare, a keytar and an acoustic guitar. This was the set-up of Joel Jacob. With a harmonica around his neck, Jacob grabbed his acoustic, gave a slight introduction and then proceeded to play his first song. Using all four of his limbs to project his music, he played about seven songs with his acoustic and drums before busting out the keytar and rapping over a self-created loop."

-Chris Garza - (Bakersfield Colllege)

"more than just an island boy with a guitar strapped to his side. He's jazzy, hip-hop, funky, funny... He sat and kicked a bass drum and snare while jamming on the guitar, singing, and stopping to blow some harmonica. That was just one song. He mixed it up here and there and I dug the past KELLY 95.3 winner's hip-hop the most. The crowd roared approval."

-N L Belardes - Paperback Writer


Makeshift Motive(2009)

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Having lived in the South Pacific, Africa, and Canada, Joel Jacob’s wide range of musical influences from Bob Marley to Bob Dylan shine through his unique blend of rock, hip hop, and roots genres. Joel has lived in Bakersfield for the past four years and is proud to call the musically rich city home.

Joel has shared the stage with some of California’s best recording artists and has played numerous times at major venues in the area. At these gigs, Joel has sold over 400 self-titled, independently produced CD’s on which he performs all vocals and instruments. Joel is passionate about the local arts community in which he lives and is actively involved by playing regularly at farmers markets and other events across the city.

Joel is well-known in the Bakersfield area as being a one-man-band sensation. Using live recorded loops, drums rigged to kick pedals and everything in between, a Joel Jacob show is an experience.


- Front cover and feature article in Issue 68 of Bakotopia Magazine December 2009 (distributed throughout Bakersfield and Los Angeles)
- 2 songs featured on Bakersfield's KRAB Radio 106.1
- Featured articles in Bakersfield Californian
- Featured performance on Fox 58's morning show
- Official runner up in “I’m Not There” Bob Dylan Cover Contest (2008)
- Winner of Guitar Center/ Harman Pro Group’s “Revive Your Studio Contest” (2007)
- Featured track on Bakotopia Compilation Vol. 1 (2007)
- Winner of KLLY 95.3’s Bakersfield Unplugged (2006)