Jacob Bryant’s Explosive New Single, “More Than One Year” Brings Country Music Back to its Roots

Raw, hard-hitting, loud, and down-right rowdy music video

If ever there were a song so reminiscent of traditional outlaw country that it could make even Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash envious, it is most certainly Jacob Bryant’s latest single, “More Than One Year.” Officially available for download and streaming as of Friday, July 13th, the rip-roaring track has been a fan favorite ever since the singer-songwriter began including it in his now highly talked about live shows. Accompanying the requested single is also its equally compelling music video directed by Chris St. Croix, which features Bryant’s friend and fellow songwriter, Eric Lee Beddingfield.

Written by Beddingfield and Randy Barber, “More Than One Year” plays out much in the same way that David Allan Coe’s classic, “The Ride” does. The difference, though, is that the mysterious stranger encountered in this narrative warns our singer to slow down before the fast-paced, hard-livin’, outlaw country lifestyle gets the best of him. While Beddingfield and Barber do an excellent job of telling the story with their engrossing lyrics, Bryant’s incomparable vocals and undeniable stage presence take both the song and video to a compelling level that typically takes most artists years of experience to reach. For this Georgia native, that conviction he performs with comes from the all too real pain of his previous battle with addiction and his ability to eventually overcome those demons.

Raw, hard-hitting, loud, and down-right rowdy, the music video for “More Than One Year” is an accurate representation of the Georgia native’s whiskey-fueled, honky-tonk style live show that would no doubt make his predecessors proud. From lyrical traditionalism and 100% honesty to wicked guitar solos and a refusal to conform to the Nashville norm, as well as everything in between, I don’t think there’s anything Heaven’s Outlaws would disapprove of when it comes to Jacob Bryant and his willingness to put the country back in country music.

Just like “The Ride” changed David Allan Coe’s career and had become a staple in the genre that true country fans (whether artists or not) know and respect, there’s no doubt that “More Than One Year” can and should be just as impactful on music today. While its modern spin on a traditional country tale is exactly the kind of reset the genre needs, Jacob Bryant is exactly the kind of artist who can bring the genre back to its roots.

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"MADD" Manda Walsh
Chicago native and Saint Xavier University alum (class of 2007), Amanda Walsh is an aspiring journalist with a strong passion for music and longtime love of writing. While in college, she spent her time volunteering as a radio DJ, working as the station’s Music Director, and serving as a regular contributing writer for the campus newspaper where she combined her love for music and writing. Between attending multiple concerts a month all over the city, interviewing various bands both in and out of the studio, and introducing her friends and show listeners to new artists (both local and national acts), it was during this time that Amanda really discovered her niche. Whether listening alone with her headphones or experiencing it live in person, music has always been Amanda’s safe haven and more like a religion, with concerts feeling more like going to church. Today the number of artist interviews under her belt continues to grow, as she strives to break new and up and coming artists before other outlets. She also continues to attend as many concerts as her bank account will allow. Her musical tastes range from “OMG you have to hear this” to “please don’t judge me,” and she is the person you want on your team in music trivia. She is also an avid enthusiast of the paranormal and anything in the realm of horror or the creepy and unnerving. With that said, she loves Halloween more than a normal person probably should and has a fascination with cemeteries. Aside from music and concerts, Amanda also enjoys reading, shopping and epic adventures. She's a sucker for a good mystery and anything acoustic. When she was a kid she wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. At the end of the day, if she had to describe herself with a song lyric it would be this – “I’m somewhere in between what is real and just a dream.”
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