“That's the era of Woody's writing that I kind of focus on and identify with. You know, I live on the same piece of land that my dad grew up on. I live in the same house my dad was born in,” Jacobs said in a phone interview.
“My grandfather was a farmer in the Depression, and I think about him every day when I'm out feeding the cows and stuff 'cause we're in a serious drought.”
The folk singer said he particularly admires Guthrie's knack for finding compelling stories that people could relate to and then turning them into songs.
“It's kind of like a picture ... says a thousand words. But sometimes a song can do the same thing. It can put a picture in people's minds. And that's kind of what I envision Woody was doing. And I kind of try to do that; not near on Woody Guthrie's level, though,” Jacobs said.