One of Music City’s most unique bands, John & Jacob, played a scorching set at the Gildan/Hard Rock Stage during CMA Music Festival this past weekend. The band recently toured with hot Country act, Kacey Musgraves, and spent April over in the UK touring with The Shires. The last two years have been a whirlwind for John & Jacob, who made their Grand Ole Opry debut last October and released their independent self-titled album last fall. The album charted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, as well as on iTunes Top 10 charts. John & Jacob are published writers for Major Bob Music in Nashville and co-wrote the Billboard #1 hit “DONE.” with The Band Perry. Their debut single “Be My Girl”, was featured in ABC’s hit TV show ‘Nashville.’
Above (in italics), you’ve got the cutline that I received with the photo release. But, I wanted to go a little farther with this band. I hadn’t heard of John and Jacob until I received the email about them today. That was just enough to ignite a spark of curiosity in me. A large enough spark that I immediately went to their web site, then to their Facebook page, and then – to one of the most important places for me, YouTube. On YouTube I found a video of them singing their debut single, “Be My Girl”.
The band members are: Vocals, Guitar / John Davidson; Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet / Jacob Bryant; Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Texan / Austin T. Smith; Bass / Jake Thrasher; and, Drums / Trevor Davis. I like them. I’m just not sure in which genre’ they belong. Their web site starts with the sentence: “Sometimes labeled “Country,” but with their roots in gospel and rock and roll, John and Jacob had a big year in 2014.” I hope you will all go to that site and read about this band. They have an interesting story.
But, back to that ‘sound’. They actually remind me a little of the sound we heard back in the 60’s that was labeled the “British Invasion”. Watch the video (below), and let me know if you can hear that British 60’s group influence there, too.
They have a video on YouTube with a live performance of “Done”, which they co-wrote with The Band Perry. It’s acoustic performance, and brings out their country side. You can watch it by clicking here.
In addition to their web site, I hope you will visit their Facebook page (and, please remember to “Like” it while you are there). They update it often, and you will find a lot of information there. You can follow them on Twitter @JohnandJacob. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter.
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