The very first column I wrote for Bluegrass Today was about maintaining your health during the stressful IBMA World of Bluegrass week. Most of the advice I gave was either discredited or just laughed at, and not for the right reasons. I wasn’t surprised: health […]
Author Archive: Lisa Jacobi
Intelligent Americana Soulgrass Music from Lisa Jacobi & PLANET
Lisa Jacobi & PLANET, deliver a danceable organic & soulful grass-groove.
Their original music is infused with flavors from their tours through mountainous Appalachia to urban city streetscapes, as well as from time spent wandering through east Africa, the spirit of the north Atlantic’s Celtic regions, and the sensibility of small villages in eastern Europe. The band loves to add to their original mix with unexpected cover songs distilled by way of these same intoxicating influences.
Lisa and her musical colleagues in PLANET have released highly successful albums with airplay around the world and are extremely popular musical artists on the festival circuit.
If it were magic, all of us fiddle players would be playing like bluegrass musician Bobby Hicks. But as he says… “fiddle playing is hard and it takes a long time to get good. You’ve got to listen… REALLY listen.” Today, I started really listening. […]
For those who don’t regularly attend bluegrass festivals, or listen to the classic bluegrass music on albums or on terrestrial, streaming and satellite music stations — the clash of musical voicing is what makes classic bluegrass music… bluegrass music. It’s that quirky “you know it […]
They say a band is like a family. There must be trust among the members. There must be an atmosphere of peace and gentleness that allows for quiet time to think, and be inspired, and to create. There can’t be any secrecy. There must be […]
You know what drives me nuts? It’s pretty simple. It’s for me to be on stage and play a fiddle note that is not good quality. Mind you, it can be one note in thousands — or it can be a bunch of poorly delivered […]
“John Hartford talked about the process of driving a river boat is not to look right in front of you, but to look a mile down the river.” Busy musical artists oft times become tangled in their own lack of long-range strategy. The majority of […]
This year, I promise not to fire my bandmate, Pete. Don’t laugh. Okay, laugh. Every couple of years I terminate him. It’s because we are such good friends, know each other inside-out, and love each other like the closest of siblings – and when we […]
In mid-May of this past year, I traveled to Franklin, Tennessee to interview the beautiful, talented and highly successful songwriter, Miss Dixie Hall. or… Miss Dixie, if you’ve known her for your entire life – or if you have just met her. Permission granted. Here […]