Jacob B. Little of The Little Family Band:
Born in the suburbs of Detroit and now calling Chicago home, Jacob B. Little has been surrounded by music all his life. Songs that hone a masterful quality beyond his years tell a story of heartache, loss, and the search for a sense of purpose within an ever-evolving landscape.
A highly skilled and versatile artist in his own right, Little has put on hold a life that often found him behind the scenes producing, directing, and developing for some of today’s top artists and TV shows to pursue a personal sense of healing through his own music. He has spent the better part of the past ten years in and out of hospitals helping his family cope with multiple cancer diagnosis and losses. These experiences have shaped the very foundation of who he is and are none too far from appearing in his music stylings. He writes from a place of hardship and harsh reality, at times leaving his audience speechless and longing for a sense of home. Through his music Jacob strives to genuinely connect with every audience member and leave them with a sense of hope and healing.
Little has played numerous music festivals and venues across the US, Canada, and Europe and has shared the bill with artists such as Nathaniel Rateliff, Gregory Alan Isakov, Caleb Hawley,The Chieftans, Matthew Santos, and Misty Boyce. He is a fixture in the Chicago Folk and Celtic scene, having hosted the Living Room Loft Session concert series for a number of years. Jacob acts as the bandleader and lead singer/songwriter for his project called The Little Family Band, though is equally comfortable performing as a solo artist. When not performing or working on new music, Jacob can be found doing headstands at landmarks across the country.
Jacob Russo hails from the acoustic corn fields of Western Colorado, but has since embraced the atmosphere of life in the city in his recent home of Denver. Although he calls the Front Range home, musical explorations have taken him far and wide, helping craft his unique blend of rustic indie-folk. These experiences forged melodic stylings, bringing to mind soft-focus sunsets and felt-tipped sensibilities. Jacob’s live performances are tinged with a sort of hopeless honesty found only in the most genuine of folk musicians.
“If you don’t want to feel the wind on your face, be at a Baptist church on Sunday morning, or be transported back to a time when all was innocence and possibility you probably don’t want to listen to Jacob Russo.”
Jacob has shared the bill with folk artists such as Gregory Alan Isakov, SHEL and Caleb Hawley. He is a fixture of the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, having participated in the Songschool for a number of years. Notable venues such as the Boulder Theater and Belly Up Aspen have hosted his musical performances. Music from his 2011 release “Start Again Somewhere” was used in “where the Yellowstone Goes”, an environmentally-conscious documentary by visionary filmmaker Hunter Weeks. Jacob currently lives and records in a basement apartment on Capitol Hill, spending his days composing clever ditties from inside jokes and moth-eaten references to modern culture.