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STEVE ATWELL (1988-1994) bass, background vocals
MARK BLACKBURN (1988-1992): 12- & 6-string Rickenbackers, acoustic guitars, vocals
JERRY DAVISON (1988-1994): drums, percussion, vocals
KEITH JOHNSTON (1990-1994): guitars, vocals
RON COCHRAN (1991-1994): drums, vocals

The story of Jacob's Trouble is one of a group that emerged "before it's time." Their form of pop, alternative fun would be emulated and then commercially accepted within Christian music beginning in 1995 as several top-selling bands became popular. Unfortunately for J.T., they made their last album of all original material in 1993. You can't listen to songs like "WILD, WILD RIDE", "LOVEHOUSE", "SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENS" and "LOVE ME TODAY" and not wonder what might have been... what if these had been released in 1998 or what if Christian music had gotten a little more progressive sooner (from a commercial sense, that is).

Anyway... one can hope that if there is any justice in the world, you and your friends might discover these brilliant songs and push them to the success they were denied - 5 years later. What a story that would be! And you never know, we might be able to drive them out of "retirement," cause them to leave good paying jobs and stable lives, and make more great records for the rest of us who missed it the first time.

-- edited from the liner notes to KMG Classic Archives Series: JACOB'S TROUBLE (1998)

Click below to access info on the following JT music:


Produced by TERRY TAYLOR


Produced by TERRY TAYLOR

"...let the truth run wild"

Produced by MARK HEARD


Produced by JACOB'S TROUBLE,
Co-produced by RANDALL WALLER


Compiled and produced by

Various Producers
"...let the truth run wild"/JACOB'S TROUBLE
KMG Classic Archives Series

Click here to read an online review of Sampler Pak from The Phantom Tollbooth.

Everybody's on Facebook these days... and it seems JT are no exception! Why not check them out HERE?

If you wanna know what KEITH JOHNSTON, RON COCHRAN and STEVE ATWELL are doing now, go to their JANAH link here.

Oh, and while you're at it, go and check their Facebook page HERE. They're still at it, folks!

How did THIS piece of news get past me? Frontline Records (the classic Christian Rock label that gave us JT, Crumbacher, Daniel Amos, Poor Old Lu and dozens more) are back! You can find them HERE,as well as links to their twitter, Facebook (THEM again!) and YouTube pages. Plus - and this is the best part - they're reissuing their classic back catalog of the Frontline, Intense, Alarma and Alarma World labels as mp3 downloads on and iTunes, as well as physical CDs! Welcome back, Frontline. It's been TOO long!

Frightening statistics compiled by JT's (and Sideways 8's) own Jerry Davison!

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What's new with the website:

  • Sept. 16, 1999: After a lot of delays (including a six-hour marathon typing session to get the lyrics to "Truth" and "Jacob's" on to disk in HTML format (!), and correcting some major linkage problems, the site was officially launched with very little fanfare. It is by no means absolutely complete, as I still lack scans of "Bones" and "Sampler Pak". Also need lyrics of the different versions and "newer" songs". (Any help would be greatly appreciated!)
  • March 29, 2000: Mark Blackburn to the rescue! After what must have been an exhaustive search, plus, as he put it, "the best of my memory and my ability to decipher the words to some old worn out cassettes", I now have the words to "If Superman Got Saved", and "About Sex Part One" in the "Diggin' Up Bones" section! (He also forwarded the lyrics to "If You Believe".) Thank you, Mark, for searching these out. If I had a Choc-Cola, I'd heft one in your honor!
  • April 18, 2000: The Sampler Pak cover is up! Thanks, Bert!
  • July 6, 2000: At long last, the lyrics to "Let It Rain" and "Turn Turn Turn (live)" have been added to DIGGIN' UP BONES.
  • July 7, 2000: Lyrics to "Is It True?", "Cosmic Mailman" and the alternate "Wind And Wave" are finally added to DIGGIN' UP BONES. Also, the lyrics to "Let It Rain" from the same album are corrected.
  • March 22, 2001: I can't believe it took this long, but the full details of Sampler Pak are now up!
  • July 10, 2001: I think I finally got the links fixed to the CD covers!
  • November 22, 2001: The "updown" pattern has returned. I also added links on the album pages to this here front page. (Wonder why I took so long...)
  • July 25, 2002: The front and album pages have been totally redesigned, and the scripture references have now been, if you will, unhidden (except for "She Smiles At The Future". See the reason on the accompanying lyric page.)
  • July 30, 2011: Hard to believe it's been nine years, but the site updating has finally begun...

More to come...


On Monday, March 20, 2000, the world of Christian alternative music lost one of its true originals, Gene Eugene. Born Gene Andrusco, he started out as a child actor (he played "Marvin" in the Bewitched episode "Out of the Mouths of Babes"), he later went into voice work for cartoons (playing "Roger Barkley" in THE BARKLEYS and "Flip Chan" in THE AMAZING CHAN AND THE CHAN CLAN) before finally finding his true calling as leading light of ADAM AGAIN, producing many fine albums with Ojo Taylor, and working with Terry Taylor (no relation) in both THE LOST DOGS and THE SWIRLING EDDIES. You can read more about Gene by going to and The 77's Home Page. Gene, you will truly be missed... but we'll see you at the Burger Bash! - Jerry.

A link or two...

The Phantom Tollbooth Music and more from a Christian perspective since 1996. Slow down and have your change ready...

More to come...

"These Thousand Hills" was launched officially on September 16, 1999, and was put together by yours truly, Jerry D. Withers. (Yes, the guy who writes all that Tiny Toon fan fiction, that one!) All material, including lyrics, album covers, etc. is Copyright ©1989-1994 by their respective copyright owners. No intent is made to infringe on, or claim those copyrights. I merely felt it was time Jacob's Trouble had a web site. Now they do.
P.S.: Special thanks to Mark, Jerry and Ron for their kind comments about this site! (Oh, and Jerry: The stuff you sent WILL be posted soon!)

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