Interviews By Karin McLaughlin / June 14, 2018 Share Tweet Karin McLaughlin: Ok so hanging out with Cris Jacobs after his set at the Kingman Island Bluegrass FestivalCris Jacobs: Hey hey!KM: That was pretty intense with the rain, that was really a good one!CJ: Yeah that was really cool, it was like a 30 second downpourKM: Heavy, heavy. So you also recently played Delfest, now Kingman Island, where do you go after this?CJ: Well, we’re going home tonight. And then next week, we’ve got some cool shows. We’ve got a concert series in Abingdon, VA and Charlotte, NC and then we’re going out west and doing High Sierra and then we’ve got a bunch of shows around that. We’ll be doing Hot August in Baltimore at the end of the summer. Got a couple Bridge shows next week – the 8x10.KM: You’re all over it. And you’re from Charm City –CJ: Yes!KM: Any idea why they call it Charm City?CJ: Because it’s charming (laughs) you know what, I don’t know the origin of that. KM: Because, present company excluded, they aren’t toooooo….CJ: No, Baltimore gets a bad rapKM: What’s your favorite venue to play in Baltimore?CJ: 8x10KM: That’s a good oneCJ: I have probably played that venue more than anybody on the planet. Honestly, throughout the years and all the different venues.KM: Yeah, it’s like a sweatbox in thereCJ: They have the AC cranking in there these days. In the old days, you know you could smoke in there.KM: You also mentioned the Dead – did you say that you saw them here in ’94?CJ: Yes.KM: How old were you in ’94?CJ: I was 16KM: So this was not with parents?CJ: Actually, this was with parents because my parents were huge Deadheads and my parents have been going to see the Dead since 1968.KM: Nice! So here at RFK. CJ: Everywhere but yeah that was my first show and they, you know, my parents have been leaving me and my sister with a sitter for long weekends all throughout our childhood for three nights at Madison Square Garden (laughs)KM: Yup, I have friends that are doing that (now)CJ: So finally, it was ‘hey can you guys get me a ticket this time around?’KM: And then it was all clicking ‘Oh, that’s what they’ve been doing all this time!’CJ: Oh yeah, absolutely! It clicked right away.KM: How much would you say the Dead influences your music?CJ: Oh it influenced my whole….KM: Life? (laughs)CJ: Yeah, it influenced my whole jumping off point into a different world and that’s when I really got inspired to play the guitar. To perform and write music for people – it was that show, here at RFK, it was my first ‘a-ha moment’ like ‘I wanna do THAT’ so I guess you could say that it’s influenced me quite a bit.KM: So, what was that – a cigar box with strings attached to it?CJ: Yeah.KM: Did you build that?CJ: No, I know a guy out in Oregon that makes them and he’s built me a couple. Yeah, it’s a cigar box guitar, it’s pretty wicked.KM: That’s awesome – like the old school washboard and jug. CJ: Yeah it’s cool. KM: So, you’re playing Hot August (Music Festival), what else are you excited about in 2018? Maybe not even playing a show, maybe going to one. Are you teaming up with anyone you’re really excited about?CJ: Well, we just opened for Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson at The Anthem.KM: What is that tour called?CJ: Well, they’re doing the Outlaw Music Festival but we did just a show at The Anthem with just them.KM: Sturgill is good.CJ: Yeah he isKM: And Willie obviouslyCJ: And Willie. But yeah we’re excited. Finishing up our album, got a new album in the works and putting out an album in September that I worked with Ivan Neville onKM: Oh, nice, I caught him, I think at Jazz Fest recently.CJ: Yeah, you probably did! He’s all over the place. When were you down there?KM: I was down the first weekend of Jazz Fest.CJ: Oh, I just missed you – I was down there Monday of the week between.KM: Monday is something else in New Orleans, Bourbon St is a sad, sad sight (laughs)CJ: Yeah, I don’t even go to Bourbon Street anymoreKM: So, my token question – what’s on the musical bucket list? Either seeing someone at a certain venue, playing with someone, write a song with someone, anything.CJ: Hmm, good question. There’s a lot of people I’d like to write songs with. I’d love to write a song with Chris Stapleton or Jason Isbell but I’d love to play with some members of The Grateful Dead one day before it’s all over. I haven’t gotten to experience that one yet, but I feel like it could happen soon.KM: Yeah, why not?! Well thank you so much for the time. We’ll see you at Hot August or somewhere in between. CJ: Awesome, thank you! Enjoy audio and livestream recordings of their Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival performance recorded by our collaborator Will Urquhart. Cris Jacobs and his band, The Bridge, are doing three nights in a row at the 8x10 on June 21, 22, and 23. Tickets are still available but running very low, so make sure to buy them now if you want to go!