Jacob Bryant is the traditional force that some feel is missing in today’s music landscape. Authentic to his core and honest to a fault, it’s as if the Georgia native was cut from the same cloth as some of the genre’s original outlaws that icons like Mr. Garth Brooks himself were raised on. With lyrics as dark as storm clouds and a voice that’s stronger than freshly ground coffee, Bryant’s music is undeniably inspired by legends like Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Johnny Paycheck, while also incorporating the modern country rock influence that artists like Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean have had on him.
As the singer-songwriter prepares to release his first full length album (official release date still TBA), his loyal fans are currently still raving about his latest single released earlier this month. Though “Pour Whiskey On My Grave” was originally written and recorded by Jami Grooms and Marty Brown in 2012, the song was actually pitched to Bryant by Grooms, and is rooted in the exact kind of gritty country that Bryant lives for. Soaked in guitar licks and wrapped in rich Georgia vocals, Bryant’s version of the song is full throttle country rock that sounds like an Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, and Lynyrd Skynyrd dream collaboration. Aside from next-level vocals, the singer’s passion and energy take on a life of their own the moment he opens his mouth to sing.
Resonating with his fans because of the raw reality and blatant honesty that lies within his lyrics, Bryant is one artist who isn’t pretending to be someone he’s not. What you see is what you get. With five EPs under his belt already, no record label backing him, and an impressive fan base and social media following that continues to grow as we speak, 2018 just might be Bryant’s best year yet. If country radio is smart, they’ll get behind this Georgia boy now, before they miss out on artist that can bring the genre back to its roots.