Many Country and Roots artists these days enjoy blending different related and non-related music together in other to create new, interesting sounds. However, others like Jeff Hobbs & The Jacks prefer the old-fashioned, traditional sound and their latest single “Five Nickels and a Hummingbird” shows that you can go on that direction and still put together a great, enjoyable song. Today, Jeff and VENTS have teamed up for the video for this track filled with beautiful landspaces as Hobbs rock the guitar.
Southern Oklahoma born and raised songwriter Jeff Hobbs writes about life seen through the lens of small town rural America; encompassed with authentic stories inspired by both self experience and observation, Hobbs music mixes folk rock riffs with heart-broken testimonies and gripping yet liberating lyrics of freedom from self, anxiety, guilt and a past that many can relate with in one way of another. With the album “Upward” out on June 2, a listener can feel a sense of optimism in the wake of loss.
“I’ve got two daughters and they are most important in my life and always will be. My youngest daughter finally told me to start doing what I had to do to be happy, which was to travel, live and perform music in a way that I never had in the past. I can’t stay gone from them for too long without having to come back and be a dad which is priority, but when a nine year old sees something missing and tells you to get after it, it makes you listen. I am trying to make it all about relationships and spreading something positive.”
“Roots music with soul has always been where my heart is” Hobbs says. “It doesn’t have a genre; it just speaks to the listener. There is a time and place for everything, I guess. I say do what you love, listen to what you like and be who you are… just don’t be an ass hole. It’s just music, but it can be a powerful force.”
Hobbs music has just taken a step in the direction of where he always wanted to be, only time will tell where the story goes from here, but the music shows signs of hope for this singer/songwriter from Oklahoma and his stories told with a smoky, soulful voice and telecaster guitar.
In addition, Jeff sit with the magazine to discuss more about his music, new material and more!