The End Of America

TEOA (The End of America) is a band of friends who met on the road and found a kindred spirit in one another.  The Philadelphia/NYC/New Hampshire based trio credit their name to Kerouac’s On The Road, travelling “across the groaning continent” in search of inspiration and reaching “the end of America, no more land, and now there was nowhere to go but back.”  TEOA’s sound weaves three distinct lead vocals into captivating harmonies over a solid foundation of folk, rock and Americana.  Songwriting Magazine UK writes, “(TEOA’s) classic songwriting and tight harmonies provide a perfect antidote and an example of what’s possible through collaboration and unity.”

James Downes, Trevor Leonard and Brendon Thomas joined forces in 2010 to record their debut LP, Steep Bay (2010).  TEOA released Shakey (2012) and the eponymous self-titled LP, The End of America, in 2016.  TEOA moved from the album format to singles in 2019, releasing a song per month beginning June and continuing through December of that same year.  In 2019, TEOA released “Break Away” (June), “Monsters” (July), “Howl” (August), “He Was a Friend of Mine” (September), “Footsteps in the Dark” in conjunction with Falcon Music and Sony/ATV (October) and “Evelyn” (November).  After WXPN (AAA/Philadelphia, PA) recruited TEOA to perform at the 20th anniversary celebration of Jeff Buckley’s Grace at World Café Live, TEOA released a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in December 2019.  All of the aforementioned songs were released on the EP, Light Within (March 24, 2020), which Powerpopaholic states in their review, “[Light Within] is the ground floor of a band destined to go far.” 

In 2020, TEOA continued releasing a song per month, beginning with the Leonard penned “Not the End” (April 30, 2020).  Step Inside This House writes, “bolstered by jangly guitars, a sweeping chorus and a breezy effervescence “Not the End” seems like the perfect song for this moment in American history.”  “Canyon” (June 19, 2020) was written by Brendon Thomas and premiered on American Songwriter, “a heart-wrenching song with climatic riffs building up to the chorus that features fine-tuned vocal harmonies with whirling guitar solos…brimming with stories and memories.” The James Downes written “A Million Miles of Low Road” (July 16, 2020) premiered in Glide Magazine, “With sparse atmospheric instrumentation backing a simple acoustic guitar, the vocals shine as the band members sing about grappling with the difficulties of life, it dabbles in melancholy before ultimately transforming into a shimmering folk tune that will brighten your spirits.”  In October 2020, TEOA will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of their debut record, Steep Bay, with a limited edition release and special bonus tracks.

TEOA’s songs have been added to various streaming playlists, such as No Depression’s “Best of June 2019,” Spotify’s “Fresh Folk,” “Fresh Finds: Rock,” “Discover Weekly,” “Daily Mix” and “Release Radar,” as well as several 3rd party playlists, including “Undiscovered & Brilliant,” “Acoustic Work Day,” “Office Acoustic,” “Folk Yeah!,” “Hello Folks,” “Protest Anthems” and more. Several AAA/Americana radio stations have been spinning TEOA songs, including WBJB (Lincroft, NJ), WXPN (Philadelphia, PA), WTMD (Towson, MD), WFUV (Bronx, NY), WXPK (White Plains, NY), WDST (Woodstock, NY), WEXT (Albany, NY), KAXE (Grand Rapids, MI), WCBE (Columbus, OH), WCNR (Charlottesville, NC), WMNF (Tampa, FL) and more. “Canyon” was the Featured Song of the Week on WBJB (AAA/Lincroft, NJ) for the week of July 27 2020. 

TEOA has been recognized for “live performances that highlight their songwriting, harmonies and stage banter,” according to Stitched in Sound.  A Soulful Sound wrote, “Anyone who has seen TEOA can attest to their powerful harmonies and stage presence.”  In 2013, Beck invited TEOA to play at his Song Reader album release show in Los Angeles after hearing the trio's rendition of “Please Leave a Light on When You Go.”  The Song Reader performance aired live on KCRW (AAA/Santa Monica, CA) and earned praise from Spin and Filter. TEOA made their debut at the 2016 Philadelphia Folk Festival and voted “Favorite New Artist” of the festival. That same year, Bernie Sanders licensed TEOA’s song “Empty Sea” for use in one of his campaign videos during his 2016 Presidential bid. In 2017, TEOA won the Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, returning in 2018 to perform as FRFF’s “Most Wanted” band.  In February 2020, TEOA performed as a featured act on NPR’s Mountain Stage along with Keller Williams and Town Mountain.  TEOA’s performance on Mountain Stage was broadcast to over 200 NPR affiliated public radio stations nationwide in March 2020.

TEOA looks forward to hitting the road and connecting with their devout following as soon as it is safe to perform live. In the interim, TEOA will continue connecting with fans through their monthly livestream show, TMI with TEOA, on their Facebook page TMI with TEOA features live performances from TEOA, special guests (previous guests include Heather Mae, The Accidentals, Joseph Parsons), games with guests (anagrams with Beatles titles, weird things humans search on the web, name that 80’s/90’s wrestler) and more. 

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​David Jacobs-Strain & Bob Beach

David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon.  He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll.  It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne.  “I try to make art that you can dance to, but I love that darker place, where in my mind,  Skip James, Nick Drake, and maybe Elliot Smith blur together.”  

David Jacobs-Strain has appeared at festivals from British Columbia to Australia, including Merlefest, Telluride Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly, Bumbershoot, and Blues to Bop in Switzerland.  He’s taught at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch, and at fifteen years old was on the faculty at Centrum’s Blues and Heritage workshop. 

Bob Beach is a master harmonica player, flute player, songwriter and singer. Bob has performed for years with many musicians and is the harp player of choice on the east coast and beyond. Bob met David in 2002. Their live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll