Album review: JACOB BRYANT – Bar Stool Preacher

Snakefarm Records [Release date o4.03.22]

Bar Stool Preacher is a well known phrase in country music, but still a clever one, and it’s apt – it sums up the songs on this pretty fine album.

Jacob Bryant is a road warrior, with thousands of hours under his belt, and you can just tell his live gigs are excellent.  He’s creating a wave at the moment, maybe a gentle wave, but he’s very much in the mould of superstar Luke Combs and he has youtube back tracks with over 10 million plays, a 2019 debut album No.1 on i-tunes country and he’s just completed his first date at the Grand Old Opry.

And as Combs and country music in general makes a swing towards hard rock, this Georgia boy is positioned right where to catch it !

With previous classics like “Pour Whisky on my Grave” and “25 in Jail” you can sense that Bryant wears his heart on his country sleeve right until the “derivative” word pops up, but he’s a talented boy and he’ll have no trouble finding an audience. He just needs to focus on what distinguishes him from all the others.

His new album kicks off with ‘Whiskey’ a straightforward country shuffle, all about whisky, 2 for 1 draft beer and discount cigarettes.

‘The Bottom’, all about trucks, jail and… er, drinking to forget – you get the picture !

Then ‘Can’t Say No to You’ comes up. Its opening line is “All the bourbon in Kentucky, all the moonshine in Tennessee”.

You know what you’re getting here !

Jacob Bryant looks like a bona fide part of the Nashville family, and this fine album will help cement his place.  ***

Review by Iain McGonigal

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