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The Dayton Ohio based guitarist is poised to breakout after his appearance in the finals at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, with the release of his second full-length album The Next Place I Leave, October 16, 2015 on his own Yako Records.
The first two tracks of the album are radio-ready examples of Yakopcic’s study, achievement and teachings in the arts of acoustic blues guitar playing and the Nashville songwriting process. For the title track “The Next Place I Leave,” he recounts the tale of a rambling man, who escaped love, the law and the devil himself over a country two step. Then Yakopcic tackles the Robert Johnson standard “Preachin’ Blues,” delivering a version that is equal parts authenticity and innovation.
The album continues on to explore Yakopcic’s passion for melody and theme over the course of six more original compositions and three more cover songs. The trio lays down foot stomping boogie on Mississippi Fred Mc Dowell’s “Write Me A Few Lines,” and transforms the Leonard Cohen slow crooning devotional “Tower Of Song,” into an Appalachian mountain holler.
“The Next Place I leave” reached number #2 on SiriusXM Bluesville’s picks to click, was favorably reviewed in Downbeat Magazine (March, 2016), and it was the Blues Society of Northeast Ohio’s submission to the best self-produced CD competition at the IBC. Furthermore, “The Next Place I Leave” ended 2016 at #3 or the Roots Music Report’s top 50 Acoustic Blues Albums.