DATE: AUGUST 18, 2021
FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER
AMERICANA ARTIST PI JACOBS
SET TO PERFORM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28
AT HOTEL CAFÉ
AUGUST 13 RELEASE OF
‘LIVE FROM MEMPHIS’
VIA BLACKBIRD RECORD LABEL
Acclaimed Americana singer, songwriter and musician PI JACOBS will perform a Saturday, August 28 show at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles. This will mark the Los Angeles-based artist’s first show following the August 13 release of her latest album LIVE FROM MEMPHIS, her first album for the label and ninth overall, via Blackbird Record Label. Shows in Nashville (September 23 and 25), Washington DC (September 30), New York City (October 3) and her San Francisco hometown (October 15) are also on her concert itinerary.
LIVE FROM MEMPHIS peels back many layers of PI’s life and sensibility in both the songs and the story intro’s that she narrated for each song. 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.
An outstanding example of this is the new and third track “No Sin To Be Poor,” which is based on her own life growing up poor in Northern California. The song is accompanied by an imagery-rich animated video created by Turkish surreal artist Mertcan Mertbilek, who did the same honors for the album’s first release, “First Thing Tomorrow.” Watch the “No Sin To Be Poor” video here, which was premiered by American Songwriter. Listen to the song here and the story intro here. Pre-order the album here.
With her blend of roots-rock swagger and storytelling soul, Pi Jacobs distinctively amplifies the concert experience on 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.
The LIVE FROM MEMPHIS track list is here.
On the concert front, Pi Jacobs’ upcoming itinerary includes
8/28 – Hotel Cafe’ Los Angeles – TICKETS
9/23 – Nashville, Dee’s – 12-4 – The California Country Show @ Americana Fest – free entry for the festival
9/25 – Nashville – The Bowery Vault – 12 noon – The California Country Shakeup @ Americana Fest – free entry for the festival
9/30 – The Pocket, Washington DC + Annie Stokes – TICKETS COMING SOON
10/3 – Rockwood Music Hall, Rm 3, NYC – TICKETS
(Photo credit: Deb Morrisson Little, @shotsbymorrison)