Zero Mile Presents
Daniel Lee Band & Jacob Bryant
Sat · November 4, 2017
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
$12.00 - $15.00
This event is 18 and overhttp://www.georgiatheatre.com/event/1571654/
Growing up in a pentecostal church, Lee’s exposure to music began early. His grandma would write songs and perform them for the church. “I never knew she was writing the songs, I just thought she was singing them. I was really shy growing up. Her songwriting and performances in church really inspired me to come out of my shell.” At 13, his stepdad bought him his first pawn shop guitar, on which he taught Lee to play Keith Whitley’s Don’t Close Your Eyes and George Strait’s Check Yes Or No. By 15, Lee had joined a local emo punk band as the lead guitar player. “They wouldn’t let me sing - I was too country.” Nonetheless, the band’s first hometown show proved pivotal. “As a musician, I realized in that moment that this was what I was meant to do.”
At 18, Lee took his career a step further, reverting back to his beginnings in songwriting. “I started digging into country’s roots, listening to Carl Perkins, Elvis, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. I began writing country songs for myself. That’s always been the draw to country music for me - the songwriting.” The writing soon altered Lee’s career, steering him toward country and away from the punk band he’d been a part of. “I told thee guys, ‘I’m going to stick to what I do best…’ and never looked back.” At the encouragement of friends and family after a bonfire performance of original tunes, Lee began booking shows around town. “In the beginning, no one wanted to book me. I was 18…” But a sold out show at a hometown bar changed everyone’s mind - including Lee’s. “That show opened a lot of doors for me in booking - and made me realize a career in country music was absolutely what I wanted.”
In 2008, attendance at a Brantley Gilbert concert lead to another career break. “I’d gone to Brantley’s concert with my girlfriend at the time. I was mesmerized by his performance - I wanted so badly to be a part of it all.” Lee met with Gilbert’s photographer, Lyn Segupta, who set up his first co-write with the artist himself. “I hadn’t really written with anyone other than my grandma. It brought a whole new dynamic to my writing.” Lee began playing shows with Gilbert, beginning with a hometown writers round and inevitably leading to an opening spot at Athens, Georgia’s Classic Center. At the encouragement of Gilbert’s guitar player, Jess Franklin, Daniel began recording, cutting his first 3-song EP in Gilbert’s living room.
Lee soon hit the road, playing for anyone that would listen. “We’d pile up in my chevy with our drums and gear and play for beer, food - whatever we could get. Looking back, they were hard times. But at the time, I felt like I was on top of the world.” With Gilbert’s photographer as acting manager, he signed his first record deal in 2013 with Average Joes Entertainment. While the deal didn’t ultimately work out, it gave Lee another leg up in his writing. “That deal exposed me to the world of hick hop. I was writing with Colt Ford, David Lee Murphy, Cadillac Three… The experience broadened my horizons, made me a better, more versatile writer.”
Now signed with Myfirstrodeo management, Lee’s upcoming album Somewhere in the Woods is due out March 3rd. And with a songwriting history that began at his grandma’s kitchen table and saw practice in several different genres, he’s more confident than ever the release will give fans a true taste of his sound. “My new music very much reflects where I’m at in life - I’m here to chill, drink a beer and hang out. It’s a bit more calm - a lot less aggressive than the music I’ve released in the past. It’s a feeling more than anything. It’s southern - I’m a southern man living in a southern world.
“It’s Country Music done my way,” says Bryant.
His 2016 EP Up In Smoke debuted at #7 on ITunes Country Chart and the video for the single A Woman’s Touch, debuted at number one on CMT’s 12 pack countdown – and stayed in the top 5 for 17 weeks! It’s hard to imagine the up-and-comer with such rich vocals once failed middle school chorus being he was too shy to sing in front of people.
Bryant grew up in the mountains of north Georgia where he started on the indigenous stylings of hisfamily’s Bluegrass band. “I was 8 when I first started playing guitar, “he explains. “I listened to Bluegrass music over and over again while strumming my Martin. I love Flat Lonesome andMountain Heart.” As he got older, Jacob started playing in church where he served as leaderof the youth group.
The singer/songwriter continued to hone his craft and took his show on the road after graduating fromhigh school, but It was New Year’s Day 2010 when his life changed forever. “My Mom had taken a nap and didn’t wake up. I was on my way to Nashville when I got the call and my whole world fellapart.” Bryant began a downhill spiral in the throes of addiction. “I had trouble dealing with my mother’s death, and it took me looking in the mirror and realizing I wasn’t happy with the person looking back at me to turn things around. I was able, with help, to completely quit drinking for a long time and to get control of my life. My mother would have wantedme to continue on with my music; it was her dream. I kind of made her dream my dream,” sharesBryant.
He turned to songwriting to process his grief and wrote “Sometimes I Pray” as tribute to his mother andlater tracked a song that depicted his battle with demons in “This Side Of Sober.” “I love playing thatsong live. The fans always sing it back to me. It’s the one that changed my life,” says Bryant. He continues to write on his own and with pals; penning a tune with fellow country newcomer Luke Combs called “Out There.” “ I also wrote a song with my good buddy, Jon Lawhon, of the rock band Blackstone Cherry. Jon told me they were going to cut a version of Save My Soul which is so cool. It’s one of my favorites.”
2017 marks the release of his fifth EP (Jacob Bryant Unplugged Vol 2) and two new singles in anticipation of his first full length record due out in February of 2018. “I’m really proud and excited for my fans about the new record” says Bryant. “We recorded a couple of my most requested songs from our live show along with a number of new songs I can’t wait to share”.
Look for Jacob on the road at a venue near you this fall. To find out more about Jacob’s music and tour schedule visit his website at www.jacobbryantmusic.com or his facebook site www.facebook.com/JacobBryantFans.
215 N. Lumpkin St
Athens, GA, 30601