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Cris Jacobs : One of These Days Review

Cris Jacobs : One of These Days Review

Cris-Jacobs-CDOne of These Days marks a significant return for Baltimore native Cris Jacobs with his self-released gem that traverses the terrains of Country, Bluegrass, and Americana. Under the adept production of Jerry Douglas and featuring collaborations with notable artists, the album is a set of eleven well-written songs. After a five-year hiatus, Jacobs has created a flow of folk, blues, gospel, and bluegrass with a contemporary flair, crafting a must-listen for fans of rich storytelling and musical depth.

Jacobs’ journey through personal hardships and a global pandemic has culminated in this album, birthed in the solitude of his barn. The resulting songs are lifelines that showcase Jacobs’ return to roots music infused with modern sensibilities. The use of energetic acoustic string instruments and profound lyrics across the album creates a narrative that speaks volumes of his introspective and observant approach to songwriting.

“Heavy Water” is an upbeat, new-grass track that vividly narrates an impending flood, set against a backdrop of exceptional playing from the guitar, dobro, banjo, and fiddle, encapsulating the urgency and vibrancy of the theme. “Poor Davey” starts with a catchy guitar riff, evolving into a full-on bluegrass escapade, enriched by Billy Strings’ magical strings. “Lifetime to Go,” a duet with Lee Ann Womack, offers a blend of classic country beat and bluegrass energy, creating an uplifting atmosphere with its engaging narrative and melodic charm.

Jacobs’ work is steeped in the roots of traditional American music, yet it dialogues eloquently with contemporary issues, offering a refreshing perspective on timeless genres. One of These Days is a pivotal collection of Americana and Bluegrass scenes brought to life with a collaborative spirit. The album traverses a spectrum of emotions, from the reflective melancholy of “Everybody’s Lost” to the buoyant “Lifetime to Go.” This emotional range is paired with a thoughtful track arrangement, guiding listeners through Jacobs’ personal journey of overcoming and resilience, providing a cathartic listening experience.

Recorded live, the album captures the raw, palpable energy of the sessions, allowing the virtuosity of The Infamous Stringdusters and guest artists like Billy Strings and Lee Ann Womack to shine. Jerry Douglas’s production respects the acoustic integrity of each instrument, providing a polished yet authentic sound that highlights Jacobs’ vocal prowess and the ensemble’s tight cohesion.

One of These Days rings with Jacobs’ authentic expression, musical versatility, and deep personal narratives. Jacobs has matured from a regional talent into a significant figure in American roots music. One of These Days is a journey through sound and emotion, highly recommended for listeners who seek depth and authenticity in their country music explorations.


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Cris Jacobs

Album Title

One of These Days

Release Date

April 26, 2024



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