As part of a group of “red dirt” musicians who migrated to Stillwater in the late 1970’s – a rag-tag outfit that includes Jimmy LaFave, Tom Skinner, Bob Childers and the Red Dirt Rangers – singer/songwriter Greg Jacobs helped set the standard for great Okie songwriting.
His latest CD, Encore serves as proof this standard is still alive and well. Some call Jacobs the red dirt crooner because of his easy goin’ style, and that just might be right. He is the smoothest of all the red dirt troubadours, laying down a solid Okie groove, on songs that are both historic and personal. As Thomas Conner wrote in the Tulsa World, “Jacobs is the sweet voice of Oklahoma ‘Red Dirt’ – not quite the grievous angel, but maybe the mischievous angel.”
Jacobs remains one of the more original of all singer/songwriters working in America today and more than most delivers on the promise of Woody Guthrie, who said “all you can do is write what you see.”
“I have sang Greg Jacobs songs for as long as I can remember. His originals were just fantastic. He was who you wanted to be.” – Garth Brooks
The list of artists that have covered Greg’s songs reads like a who’s who of “Red Dirt” including: Jimmy LaFave, Tom Skinner, Bob Childers, Cody Canada and the Departed, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Monica Taylor, The Red Dirt Rangers, Cowboy Jones, and others.