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    The fourteen tracks on Desert Sounds showcase the symphonic and classically trained background of Acosta’s talents as a graduate from the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona. The woven melodies of trumpets, violins, and Jacob’s vocals and whistling are married to a wide variety of percussion, from a standard drum set to worldly musical instruments like the guiro, cabasa, various shells, and surdo drum. As a multi-instrumentalist Jacob performed and recorded on piano, timpani, voice, guitar, keyboards, bass, auxiliary percussion, and additionally arranged and composed all fourteen original songs for this record. Other featured instrumentalists on this album include the incredible sounds of Courtney Pinski and Dale Clark on violins, Jason Allen on bass, Mike Ankomeus on flute and trumpet, Adam Guenthner and Jeanne Mayer on trumpets, and Andre Gressieux on percussion.

    The lyrical interplay, arrangements, and literary storytelling is reminiscent of 60’s and 70’s groups like The Moody Blues and America. The album starts with a prelude of animal sounds from the Southwest in a dawn to night-time sequence, and ends with an instrumental finale featuring all the musical motifs from the songs on the record. This labor-of-love anthology was tracked in Tucson at local and home studios, was mixed by Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Studios, and mastered by Jason Livermore. Desert Sounds is a cinematic ode to the Southwest desert with a collection of musical stories that pay tribute to Arizona and the greater Sonoran region.

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Hey now it's raining
I'm not complaining I'm just saying that it's raining
Would you look outside it's beautiful

The javelinas all are playing and my high I've been sustaining
And it's magical

Hey now it's raining
Although the streets aren't quickly draining
Visibility is fading, I must say again
In this hot drought ridden basin, I'm so glad to see some Nimbostratus rolling in, yeah

Hey now it's hailing
Even the roadrunner is slowing, rattlers, lizards, snowbirds, desert rats are knowing

Maybe it's time to find some cover
Steal the warmth of one another safe inside

But honey would you care to dance with me
We can do cha cha cha in privacy
We can rumba, salsa, tango
Waltz around until 3, in the morning then we'll sleep
Hit the trail for the afternoon
Name a coati trip around and soon
We'll make our way back to the pad
Aren't you glad it was raining
Well darling me too, yeah

Hey it stopped raining
That was the best 15 minutes, sometimes hour, sometimes evening
That I've ever had

No I can't wait 'til it starts raining, not complaining, I'm just saying
Hope it comes back again

But honey would you care to dance with me
We can play the game of life in privacy
We can play broken guitars
Man our own personal bar
Til last call comes for us both
Or we can both hit the town tonight
Revel in our Southwest paradise

Aren't you glad that is was raining
Yeah aren't you glad it was raining

I'm not complaining, I'm just saying that it's raining
I'm just stating that to you


from Desert Sounds (2018), released May 26, 2018


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Jacob Acosta Tucson, Arizona

Jacob Acosta has released 12 records between himself, Mason, HYTS, Roll Acosta, and Race You there. He has been featured on NPR and produced by John Vanderslice. He is a national performing artist in Tucson, AZ, and has just released his biggest album to date, 'Desert Sounds'. His new record is about Arizonan culture and the Southwest. ... more

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