John & Jacob Celebrate Album Release In New York City
Call them country all you want, but the guys from John & Jacob are all about rock and roll. The Birmingham band proved that point at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City last night (Oct. 6) as they celebrated the release of their self-titled album.
This wasn't the first time they stopped by Rockwood, so they were prepared to rock out even in a smaller space; it's all about their strategic positions onstage.
From their impeccable playing to their effortless harmonies, John Davidson (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Jacob Bryant (guitar, trumpet, vocals), Austin Taylor Smith (vocals, guitar, keys), Jake Thrasher (bass, vocals) and Trevor Davis (drums) comprise a band that is well on its way to big things. Performing tracks from their new album, they quickly got everyone's attention with their big rock and roll sound.
Tracks like 'Ride With Me' and 'Breaking the Law' quickly got fans on their feet-- or at the very least made them do their best chair dance. Regardless, the audience constantly held their glasses high to cheer them on.
For fans of the ABC drama 'Nashville,' they got a treat that night with a hyped-up rendition of 'Be My Girl,' which was featured on the series and performed by a few of the show's cast members. However, unlike the 'Nashville' version, the three electric guitars brought out more of that same rock energy they gave off during the rest of the show.
They also performed a couple of tracks that didn't make the album, but the guys couldn't help but share them with the crowd. "We really love this song, and we really wanted to put it on the album," Bryant said before getting into 'Problematic Chemsitry.' "We played it for people in Nashville, and they said, 'Is that a cover of 'My Sharona?' And we were like, 'Hell no!' We wrote this."
While the bass and drum rhythms sound similar to the Knack's 1979 track, the song, which also sounds like it has some Beatles influences, stood firmly on its own.
John & Jacob proved they were not just southern rockers but also showed their softer side with 'I Go Back,' a ballad that quickly melted every heart in the house (including ours). John & Jacob ended their show with the current single, 'Give It Away,' which sounded even grander in a live setting than the studio recording -- always a good thing.
Check out the photos of the show, and gaze upon the setlist, below:
John & Jacob -- Setlist, Oct. 6, 2014
'Do Me Like You Do'
'Coming Back for You'
'Ride With Me'
'Breaking the Law'
'I'd Go Back'
'Be My Girl'
'Give it Away'