Yet another Helsinki Hudson wonder on an otherwise quiet weekday eve, David Jacobs-Strain (who played to a small but appreciative audience last night), brought tears to my eyes so often with his beautifully modulated, exquisitely played and arranged folk/blues songs that I had to put a tea compress on them (my eyes) when I got home. Evocative of woodsy Oregon vistas and funny encounters with girls, Strain’s music is peppered with a nippy wit and a true showman’s sense of how to deliver a song. I admit it, I left the club verklempt.
With this revelation, as well as the upcoming Duncan Sheik and Steve Earle performance dates coming up, it’s becoming evident that Helsinki is really hitting its stride. Once again, much thanks and appreciation for bringing such talent, be they famous or less well known, to our modest little hamlet.–Scott Baldinger
photo above by Kelly L. Cox