about the artist
Hometown: San Francisco Bay Area
Influences: Towns Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings, Gram Parsons, Gillian Welch
Sounds Like: Son Volt, Cowboy Junkies
Jacob Aranda is a multi-instrumentalist and member of San Francisco’s legendary folk-psych band Tarnation as well as country-rock phenoms China-the band. Originally from Illinois, he studied guitar making in Spain and moved to the bay area to be a furniture maker. His music is in the tradition of songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, and Jay Farrar to name a few. Jacob’s music features a solemn gravity that weaves melancholy with beautiful and haunting, often cinematic images of traveling through landscapes both external and internal. He just finished his first studio album, Great Highway, recorded and produced with Kelley Stoltz (Echo and the Bunnymen) and Nick Luca (Iron and Wine).
"Great Highway is charming, warm and melancholic, with elements and influences that range from classic country to Southwestern-influenced folk. Jacob's commanding vocal delivery is a perfect match to the music - a solid vocal presence that accentuates and nicely complements the aural atmosphere."-Sound Thread Music Blog-Read full review here.
"The end result is full of beautiful, mellow country soundscapes, with Aranda consistently sounding like a guy who is, quite frankly, going through some shit. And even if he isn't going to find pure redemption, he's going to learn from the pain and come out a little stronger and wiser on the other end."-The Bay Bridged-Read full review here.
"Beautiful music, a very timeless quality to it."-KWMR Rock of Ages, excerpt here.
"Jacob Aranda is a Bay Area musician so accomplished that it’s hard to believe his 2018 album Great Highway is also his debut."-The Z Review full review
“In Aranda, Northern California has its own contemporary master of country song form, and “Half Life” offers reflective candor behind the strong, wry exterior.”- I Luv Mondays BFF.fm here