Seven Kings

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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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lyrics

He looked up, hand shaking, into their eyes
When the sands bit, he tasted, the end of his time
But the riders insisted he come along
Now instead of dying, he's never gone
Never gone

When the sandstorms hit this desert plain
And the clouds drop down miles of pouring rain
Loud and mighty he travels through this place
With the riders who drive for the Seven Kings

All the rangers and the lawmen knew his name
The black rider was a killer and wanted for his game
But the story was that somebody shot him down
Now there's no one who has seen him since around
No, not since around

But the lightning here crashes like a gun
And the thunder pounds like the hooves of a stallion
And the valley fills drowns, washes away the dead
Take cover my love, he's coming through again

When it's over, the wind cries out a little tune
I think he's wishing, that someone knew
Knew how to save him, from the storm
Oh and the riders, and his own heart
His own...
Heart

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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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