DATE: JULY 29, 2021
FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN
ROLLS OUT SECOND SINGLE
FROM THE AMERICANA ARTIST’S
NEW ALBUM ‘LIVE FROM MEMPHIS’
OUT AUGUST 13 VIA BLACKBIRD RECORD LABEL
ANNOUNCES SHOWS IN LOS ANGELES (AUGUST 28),
NEW YORK CITY (OCTOBER 3)
AND HER SAN FRANCISCO HOMETOWN (OCTOBER 15)
Acclaimed Americana singer, songwriter and musician PI JACOBS has rolled out “Broken Cup,” the second single from her new album LIVE FROM MEMPHIS due August 13 via Blackbird Record Label. Listen to the song here, along with her engagingly candid spoken word intro for it, here. Both will be available tomorrow (July 30) at all streaming platforms. The track and its intro were premiered yesterday at The Bluegrass Situation. Pre-order the album here.
With her blend of roots-rock swagger and storytelling soul Pi Jacobs distinctively amplifies the concert experience on LIVE FROM MEMPHIS (her first album for the label and ninth overall): it places eight original songs alongside the self-narrated personal stories that shaped them. Recorded with a full band, the project offers a sincere and sometimes funny look at her formative years, her family relationships, and even a few lessons she’s learned along the way.
In the stirring “Broken Cup,” Pi digs deep into how she made bad romantic choices along the way before meeting the man who would become her husband.
“In my late teens/early 20’s I wasn’t a person with a much of self-esteem; in fact, I thought pretty damn poorly of myself, so I was habitually getting into relationships with people who would reaffirm my feelings of unworthiness, unlovability, or being damaged goods,” says Pi. “I was lucky though–a couple of amazing mentors showed up in my life and wouldn’t let me scare them off. They helped me to start seeing myself in a new and better light, so, by the time I hit 25, I was ready to try some new kinds of relationships. The problem was, I had to learn ALL NEW stuff! I hadn’t operated in the land of ‘healthy’ relationships before, and it felt like I didn’t know how to do ANYTHING, even little things, like returning phone calls. I started to feel as scared and unequipped as Bambi in the middle of a six-lane freeway, but I had had enough of my old ways, so I started to try, and I got very lucky by meeting my now-husband.”
Meanwhile, Pi Jacobs has announced shows in Los Angeles (August 28), New York City (October 3) and her San Francisco hometown (October 15).
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“Broken Cup” follows the album’s first single and video, “First Thing Tomorrow,” written in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. The animated video was created by Turkish surreal artist Mertcan Mertbilek and premiered by Glide Magazine.
“The burst of creativity unleashed when Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and musician Pi Jacobs lets loose her pipes is one of an explosive strength that runs back to eras of rock past and present,” notes Glide. “Think a mix of Melissa Etheridge, Beth Hart, and Wynonna Judd wrapped around snug vintage musicianship.” Glide also offered this praise: “With heartfelt gritty vocals atop a melodic punch that tugs the listeners’ ears to their favorite twang recordings, Jacobs enthralls with that resourceful musical pull effect, enabling her live renditions to evolve immediately into that of true musical keepers.”
The music on LIVE FROM MEMPHIS comes from PI’s live taping for Ditty TV, which was filmed without an audience. For the set list, she drew six songs from 2020’s Two Truths and a Lie and two others from 2017’s A Little Blue. But rather than using the between-songs banter intended for the viewing audience, she took a page from one of her favorite NPR podcasts and decided to share more of herself than ever before by narrating the songs with revealing intros.
The LIVE FROM MEMPHIS track list is here.
(Photo credit: Deb Morrisson Little, @shotsbymorrison)