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David Jacobs-Strain, Taylor John Williams live@PRP

Two Talented Guys Bring it Live@PRP on Michele Van Kleef‘s Monday Music Muse

The men with three names… David Jacobs-Strain and Taylor John Williams joined me in the Portland Radio Project studio for a Drop-In Session. They had been preparing for a songwriters-in-the-round show with Keith Greeninger and harmonica-slingin’ Bob Beach and took some time to share a couple tunes with us live in-studio.

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David Jacobs-Strain, based in roots and blues, plays a mean slide guitar and sings with and effortless, emotional tone. His music ranges from swampy blues to delicate ballads and his sweet personality bridges the styles seamlessly.

 

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Taylor John Williams
sings with thoughtful lyricism and blends folk and soul without needing any bells or whistles, just his voice and guitar. He also hails from Oregon and is most widely known for his success on season 7 of NBC’s “The Voice”. He’s a natural.

The two met when David opened up a show for Taylor recently, hit it off and decided to put a show together, this time as a songwriters-in-the-round at Portland’s Alberta Rose Theatre.

We started out with a Taylor John Williams song, “A Normal Human Being”. David joined him with some tasty slide, adding a little extra dimension to an already great song. Then, in songwriters-in-the-round tradition, we moved over to a David Jacobs-Strain song, “Further From the Road”. Next up, a special treat from Taylor, Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” done with such truth and simplicity. They rounded out our Drop-In Session with the appropriate, “Goodbye For Now” by David Jacobs-Strain, with all of us singing background harmonies. Be sure to catch either of these talented musicians wherever they may be playing, both are well worth your time…

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l-r: Bob Beach, David Jacobs-Strain, Michele Van Kleef, Taylor John Williams

 

 

Michele Van Kleef

Host of Monday Music MuseMondays 7AM-10AM
I love to sing. Music Matters more than I can say. I’m classically trained, but I have this ability to sing from the bottom of my soul in many styles. I’ve been wildly compared to Janis Joplin, Ann Wilson and Joni Mitchell. I’m more than lucky to be living what I love: music in many forms.

In addition to performing live, recording records, teaching private music lessons and group music theater at Innovative Dance, I am hosting Monday Music Muse at Portland Radio Project – Mondays 10am-1pm.

My most recent solo record, Your Own Way was released in 2014, it’s an eclectic mix of musical styles and was recorded at Portland’s Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studios produced the incomparable Producer/Guitarist Tim Ellis.

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