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Jacob Navarro

Jacob Navarro

These days, when I'm not on the road playing music, I split my time between living in a small farmhouse on Fidalgo Island, and a sailboat in Seattle. I grew up collecting records, playing guitar, and sailing the waters of the Puget Sound in the small, blue-collar town of Anacortes Washington.

I'm in the folk-rock band Spoonshine, which is a collaborative effort between myself and songwriter/vocalist/bass player William Cook. Spoonshine's last three records were all produced by Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Cat Power, Pearl Jam, Into The Wild Soundtrack, REM, Soundgarden). We’ve been fortunate enough to work with some pretty great musicians on our records over the years, George Schwindt from Flogging Molly on drums, the great Danny Barnes on banjo, Kelly Van Camp from The Dusty 45's on drums and harmonica, to name a couple.

I am a busy solo artist as well. I like to keep it simple, just my voice and a couple of my instruments. I really draw on the bluegrass flatpicking, country blues, and folk roots of my music. On occasion I'll use a looper, but it is rare, and never a prominent part of the show.

Besides our normal records, Spoonshine was approached to write songs for the TV show “Half Pint Brawlers”. It was a reality show on Spike TV that aired for one season, following the exploits of a midget wrestling troupe around the country and down into Mexico. Of course we leaped at the opportunity to be part of such a refined artistic contribution to society, and produced a rather Tex-Mex sounding collection of instrumentals that seemed to fit the occasion nicely.

I have done a lot of session work over the years, from small indie productions, to playing mandolin for Eddie Vedder on his song “Better Days” for the Eat Pray Love soundtrack. From basement studio’s in the San Juan Islands, big rooms in Seattle and LA, to the hills of Tuscany and Provance, studio session work has brought me literally around the world, and exposed me to many great musicians, producers and experiences.

I run a small recording space of my own called Otter House Studios in Seattle. For more info on that, visit my website

I have framed houses in the middle of winter, dug ditches, picked berries, painted strips of wood on a factory assembly line, driven a travel lift and blocked up yachts at a boat yard. I ran a high school music program at a group home for troubled inner city youth on a remote island, lived on a failed commune, worked in a lumberyard, and once spent 24hours stranded at the Greyhound station in Tijuana. I have helped sail a boat down the rugged west coast of this country, survived a hurricane sailing in the Sea of Cortez, and spent one fine summer on a forty foot catamaran off the Atlantic coast of France. I’ve played music all over this country, I’ve traveled to Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, France, England, Russia, Mexico.....I've been lucky and unlucky, but mostly lucky, and I count my blessings, because a long strange trip it's been. Hope to see you somewhere on down the road! – Jacob Navarro


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