Jacob's Trouble

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Jacob's Trouble
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, US
Genres Christian rock
Years active 1989–1998
Labels ¡Alarma!
Associated acts Janah, sideways8
Past members Jerry Davison
Mark Blackburn
Steve Atwell
Ron Cochran
Keith Johnston

Jacob's Trouble was an American, Christian rock band formed in Atlanta, Georgia area in the 1980s. The group originally consisted of members Jerry Davison (drums), Mark Blackburn (guitar), and Steve Atwell (bass), with Davison and Blackburn handling the lead vocals.

Biography[edit]

In 1989, Jacob's Trouble released their debut, Terry Taylor-produced album, The Door Into Summer, a mixture of original numbers and cover versions of songs by The Beatles and The Monkees.

A year later the band released their second album, Knock, Breathe, Shine. The band received notice at the time for the song "About Sex", a song about the proper role of sex in society from a Christian perspective. Fearing a fundamentalist label, the band opted to remove the song from the album and replaced it with the more ambiguous "About Sex, Part 2".[citation needed] Despite this, the album was the group's best-selling record. They performed "About Sex" during a concert at Dellinger Park in Cartersville, GA.

One of Jacob's Trouble's songs, "These Thousand Hills", was given much wider exposure when Third Day performed a cover of the song on their album Offerings. Jacob's Trouble was referred to as "being a band ahead of its time."

After their second album the group added two new members (Ron Cochran on drums and guitarist Keith Johnston), allowing Davison to become the band's principal singer. The new line-up recorded the album ...let the Truth Run Wild! After the album's release Blackburn left the band. The band went on to record one more record, the self-titled Jacob's Trouble.

Jacob's Trouble split after their fourth album and its subsequent tour. A collection of "rarities" was released in 1994 entitled Diggin' Up Bones, which featured the long-lost "About Sex". The group reunited briefly in 1998 to record a new song, "Step by Step," for a compilation album called The Jacob's Trouble Sampler Pak.

Atwell, Johnston, and Cochran continue to record together under the name Janah.

Jerry Davison recorded one CD under the name sideways8 in 1998 and occasionally releases songs via such Internet music sites as garageband.com and IUMA.com. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where he serves as Creative Arts Pastor for Church at the Ridge in Hiram, GA.

Mark Blackburn released two solo albums, Flowerchild (1996) and The Continuing Adventures of.... (1997). Blackburn is pastor of a church, Area251/Reallife Church, in his hometown of Dallas, Georgia.

Discography[edit]

  • Jacob's Trouble EP (cassette only) (1988)
  • Door into Summer (Aug. 1989)
  • Knock, Breathe, Shine (Aug. 1990)
  • ...let the Truth Run Wild! (March 1992)
  • Jacob's Trouble (May 1993)
  • Diggin' Up Bones (1994)
  • The Jacob's Trouble Sampler Pak (1998)

Reissues[edit]

  • Jacob's Trouble / ...let the Truth Run Wild! (1998) Double Album released by KMG
  • Knock, Breathe, Shine / The Door into summer (2000) Double Album released by KMG

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