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Surviving the Music Industry

May 14, 2019

Love and murder, The Grateful Dead, and politics with Cris Jacobs and history minstrels Granville Automatic. Some might remember Cris from The Bridge or from collaborations with Ivan Neville, and we do tackle that. But we jump into his most recent records Dust To Gold, Neville Jacobs, and his latest Color Where You Are. Not one to shy away from political discussions or even in song form, Cris covers all of this in his music and in conversation. But first Granville Automatics Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins drop some dark history nuggets from their latest record Radio Hymns.

Cris Jacobs guitarist and vocalist from The Bridge were a band from Baltimore, Maryland that called it quits 10 years after forming. Since then Cris released his critically acclaimed albums Dust To Gold and a collaborative album with Ivan Neville, Neville Jacobs. Cris and I dive into a chunk of his catalog but first, we talk about The Bridge and it's jam band roots. Then even why after 10 years, what's it like to venture out on your own and handle change. Color Where You Are, has some noticeable changes in songwriting. This isn't lost on Cris. Songs cover topics from current state affairs, optimism and healing after trying times, but still with great production. We dive into the vibe of the record and its songs. Visit for tour dates and stream his latest record. Also, follow him at @cris_jacobs.

Granville Automatics own Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins doesn't offer your everyday history lesson. It's a cool balance of Adam Ruins Everything in that they tell you the true history and set the record straight and Jon Prine as Indiana Jones with a guitar. Radio Hymns, a 13-track concept record mining Nashville’s lost history from the two wives of city founder Timothy Demonbreun to the day in 1974 that the Ryman Auditorium was saved from the wrecking ball. The album features guest appearances from Jim Lauderdale, Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra, Ben Fields and Matraca Berg. Sex, drugs, ghosts, and the history of Nashville are bottled up in this conversation with Olivarez and Elkins. Stream, download their latest music and visit for tour dates and other legit records from their catalog. Be sure to follow them @grandvilleautomaticband.