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.