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About Jacob Haller

I grew up in Holland, Massachusetts and I still remember the music parties my parents used to throw, where friends and families would bring their instruments by and we would sing all kinds of music, from old traditional songs to Motown hits. When I got to college I picked up the guitar and started learning some of those songs, and eventually I started writing songs of my own, mostly strange little songs I wrote to entertain my friends.

In 2010 I was nominated for 'Best Singer/Songwriter' in the Providence Phoenix. I currently perform solo and with a backing band, the Running Commentary. I'm also a member of two other bands, the Killdevils (a blues/soul/rock band) and the Double Decker Dance Band (an afro-beat/dance band).

I've been a member of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association since September of 2006. In 2011, my song 'The Ballad of Anne Hutchinson' was one of those selected to be played in 'Singing About Providence', a show celebrating Providence's 375th anniversary put on by HEAR In Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Songwriters Association.

I've released two CDs, Circumstantial Evidence and Mistaken Identity.

Jacob Haller and the Silent Treatment

In April 2012 I had a show with the band BebeRequin, and one of its members, Matt Everett, sat in with me on accordion for a couple of songs. I had been thinking about putting together a new group and had been looking for an electric guitarist, but this made me think, maybe it would be more interesting to work with some different instruments. I asked Joe Auger (who was my drummer in my last band) what he thought and it turned out that he and Matt had been friends for a while. And so Jacob Haller and the Silent Treatment came into being.

When he isn't playing the drums here and with Anne's Cordial, Joe Auger is a great singer/songwriter in his own right. He also plays more instruments than you can shake a stick at, and is an experienced sound engineer and producer as well.

Matt Everett is a multi-instrumentalist who has been a member of such iconic Rhode Island bands as the Amoebic Ensemble and the Eyesores. He currently performs solo, with BebeRequin, and with the Everett Bros. I'm pleased to have him play accordion and violin in the Silent Treatment.

I feel very lucky that two musicians of this caliber have agreed to be in my band, and I'm having a lot of fun collaborating with them!

"Providence musician Jacob Haller is as unique as his lyrics are clever." -- Annie Messier, Providence Daily Dose, May 10, 2012
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"Jacob Haller knows how to play to a crowd." -- Ted Hayes, The Sakonnet Times, January 17, 2012
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"I can picture Jacob at the front of a classroom making a bunch of kids bop along while learning about a controversial heresy trial." -- Heather Rose, December 1, 2011
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"Haller ranges with hints of Leon Redbone, Greg Brown and Paul Geremia, smoothly pulling out lines that are as catchy as a smile. The tunes themselves never try too hard. They are just fresh and somewhat jolly sounding." -- Jonathan Cook, Turley Publications, October 27, 2009
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"No one spins a tale more uniquely than Jacob Haller." -- Chris Conti, The Providence Phoenix, November 15, 2011
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"Jacob Haller's lyrics are edgey, current, and most amusing, revealing a man so personable, bright, and talented, any knitter would love to share a knitting sit-in right beside him." -- Sharon Watterson, Providence Knitting Examiner, December 30, 2009
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"Music is dumb! I only like music that Uncle Jake sings!" -- my four-year-old niece Harriett, November 19, 2011



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