Atlanta-based guitarist and singer/songwriter Jacob Deaton is commanding a busy and varied career as both sideman and leader. For over a decade, he has been in high demand from multiple circles and is equally comfortable in the worlds of jazz, blues, rock, and Americana. He has served as the guitarist for L.A. blues rocker Jonah Smith, with whom he made a semi-finals appearance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and for Col. Bruce Hampton, the long-revered Southern blues surrealist with whom Jacob tours regularly. His other performance credits include Derek Trucks, Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge and more.


As a jazz artist and bandleader, Jacob has released three original albums, toured Europe, and performed on the main stage of the Atlanta Jazz Festival in 2013He has recieved critical acclaim from publications including Jazz Times and All About Jazz as a unique voice on the rise in the world of jazz guitar. 


2015 marked the beginning of Jacob’s development as a singer/songwriter. He made his debut as an Americana front man to a sold-out crowd at Eddie’s Attic, the legendary Atlanta proving ground that served as incubator for artists like John Mayer, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Mullins and The Civil Wars. In 2016, Jacob is poised to record his first full-length album of original songs and plans to tour nationally in support of it later in the year and beyond.


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What’s most arresting about My Home is the way each song possesses a quality of inevitability, that no matter how far Jacob Deaton & the Tribulation Band wander off from the melody, they’ll always return to it… and often. ~Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm - Full Review

Jacob Deaton, virtuoso guitarist and Atlanta native, has assembled an energetic quintet for his debut, Tribulations. The five gig together regularly in and around their hometown, building the strong camaraderie they exhibit here, yet each has his own, unique voice. This makes the group sound like a dynamic entity in its own right, not merely the sum of specific efforts. It helps that Deaton’s originals are constructed to allow for maximal individual expression.~Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

Jacob Deaton’s debut offering Tribulation has the springiness of John Coltrane, the harmonious flow of Charlie Parker, and the nocturnal ethers of Thelonious Monk. Deeply engrossed in the music, Deaton and his band revitalizes straight ahead jazz with a contemporary glint and a touch of adult-pop fare.~Susan Frances, Yahoo! – Full Review

The first thing you notice when this album starts is its hard-edged bop-swing, and the competitive nature of the guitar and alto sax. Led by guitarist Jacob Deacon Tribulation is a collection of six original pieces, all of which showcase the hard approach of the band to its take on jazz. The music is very muscular, tightly focused and with a forward thrust matching that of the original Batmobile. All five musicians form one musical creature. Tribulation has originality in spades.~John Peters, The Borderland

Original, fresh and worth a serious listen, Jacob Deaton delivers his freshman release entitled “Tribulation”. This crisp, clean, frontal attack gives us a tease of Mr. Deaton’s talents with his six track EP that leaves the listener begging for more.~Bruce Pulver, Jazz Times – Full Review

If I received more jazz albums like the one I have here, my world would be so much better. Knowing Deaton is the actual leader of these sessions, I had to concentrate on him and expect that he was going to let it rip and show off his playing. He does, and he’s wicked without being too show off-y, if that makes any sense. In other words, it’s controlled, he knows how to play and get into all of the corners and pockets, but get out of there to allow the music and song to breathe and continue on its source.~John Book, This is Books Music – Full Review

There are a million unknown guitarists spread throughout this country…Jacob Deaton just happens to be one of the good ones. Playing musical prospector searching for that gold nugget can be a daunting task, Deaton makes it easy. Tribulation is a stellar debut release for this Indiana native and Atlanta resident and proves you don’t necessarily have to go to New York to make a name for yourself.~Brent Black, Critical Jazz – Full Review

Atlanta guitarist Jacob Deaton assembles an energetic quintet for a convincing run through six original compositions on his debut release Tribulation. Deaton solos with a straight-ahead, swinging edge, at once alluring and laid-back. His single-note lines and chordal runs on “Hoexter’s Hex” stand out as a disc highlight. Alto saxophonist Akeem Marable and pianist Nick Rosen are impressive on the up-tempo title track and drummer Justin Chesarek, who exhibits a wide dynamic range, creates a quiet intensity on the waltz “Major Differences.” Bassist Craig Shaw provides rock solid accompaniment, driving home “Eclipse,” Deaton’s take on Miles Davis’ “Solar.” All in all, an impressive release of high energy jazz from these dedicated Atlanta cats.~John Barron, The Jazz Word

Jacob Deaton is jazz guitarist based in Atlanta, Georgia. On Tribulation Jacob is joined by Akeem Marable (alto saxophone), Nick Rosen (piano), Craig Shaw (bass), and Justin Chesarek (drums). There’s a great deal of spontaneous improvisation going on in these cuts as these guys drive their way through six provocative tracks. Deaton’s fluid sassy guitar work is often highlighted but he by no means hogs the spotlight…all of the instruments are featured prominently. Tribulation is slick and sultry…and ultimately delivers top notch material that should appeal to a wide cross section of jazz lovers. Kickass cuts include “Tribulation,” “Eclipse,” “Sharp Edges,” and “Sketches of Trane.” Top pick.~Don Seven, LMNOP Magazine

Like all the best bandleaders, Mr. Deaton doesn’t take all the solos for himself, they are spread evenly across the band, and you have to admit that he chose his musicians well. There is quite a creative spark going on here, with all the musicians bringing something to the table. The music is very muscular, tightly focused and with a forward thrust matching that of the original Batmobile. All five musicians form one musical creature. Tribulation has originality in spades.~John Peters, The Borderland

Atlanta guitarist Jacob Deaton began the year with a new album—his first one, in fact—and makes a good initial impression. These six songs, all Deaton’s, vary in tempo in mood but the common thread throughout them all is that they are crisp post-bop with simple melodies and advanced harmonies. This leader allows a lot of running room for pianist Nick Rosen and alto saxophonist Akeem Marable (Craig Shaw is on bass and Justin Chesarek mans the drums). Deaton’s plays his guitar with a bias for playing quality, not quantity, notes, and a warm tone with just a touch of vinegar makes those notes sound good. The “stretch” tracks are the bookend ones, “Tribulation” and “Sketches of Trane” (Youtube below), where Deaton, Marable and Rosen light it up with sequential solos. But it’s not all hot licks; the relaxed groove of “Hoexter’s Hex” shows off Deaton to craft a intricate tune with a lot of soul.~Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews

I’ve been listening to these seven H-O-T tunes/compositions from Jacob ever since the promoter sent them in (early February 2012), and that (in itself) says something… his jazz guitar work is among the best I’ve heard this year, especially on tunes like the closer, “Sketches Of Trane“… one of the best things about Jacob’s playing style is that there is no “rush”… no muscling in to “take over” the music – he’s well-versed and totally talented (in the view of my ears, anyway), & so doesn’t have any need to overwhelm – but he DOES, I can tell you! Another excellent track (of the 6 offered) was the bouncy exuberance on “Eclipse“… he’s helped along by alto sax from Akeem Marable, superb piano by Nick Rosen, beautiful bass work from Craig Shaw and full-bore drumming from Justin Chesarek, and they’re truly together! I’m highly impressed, & you will be too… I give these folks a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98. (I can tell you now – you WILL be hearing much more from this talented young gent).~Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation

Guitarist Jacob Deaton leads a fusion band with Akeem Marable (sax), Nick Rosen (p), Craig Shaw (b) and Justin Chesarek (d). Jacob wrote all of the music but shares the stage with his band mates. Marable wails on the title track and Rosen swings on “Hoexter’s Hex” to balance the attack. All six selections are good and Deaton performs well when calls his own number.~D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Jazz Magazine

Radio Accolades

Deaton – smokin’ presentation, amazing sax & piano.
~Bruce Tepper, KVMR Nevada City, CA.


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