And His Bayside Boys
After teaching for many years in the New York
City school system, Bruce Jacobs took a road less traveled: songwriting.
He joined the National Academy of Popular
Music and began to attend songwriting seminars. Out of these
sessions came support, collaborations, and his first album, "Steppin'
Across the Line." Songs from this CD have been performed
in Triad, Dark Star Lounge and Max's Kansas City, with radio
play on stations as far-flung as Florida and Ireland. Among the
favorites are "Slow Circles" and "Middle Aged
Man With a Teenage Crush."
Bruce's second CD, "Floridazed",
features Bruce on vocals with his St. Pete "band of brothers":
Cousin Bob Jacobs, Bill Harrill, Mark Gilbert and Brian Snyder.
Songs from this album have appeared on Tampa radio station WMNF
in an interview and performance featuring Bruce and his Bayside
Boys. In addition, hundreds of people listen to "Floridazed" songs
every day: a fleet of sailboats and tour boats has taken to playing
the CD on their Gulf cruises. So don't be surprised if you hear "Sandspurs
on My Heart" or "I'm Off to St. Pete" while you're
out on the water!
Bruce's major influences are, of course, Jimmy
Buffett, along with classic singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan
and Van Morrison. To him, the lyrics come first: often with a
story, sometimes with humor, always with feeling.