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John and Jacob Come Home to Birmingham

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“We love where we are from and it is so good to be home. We tell everyone about Birmingham.”  
Jacob Bryant and John Davidson of the band John and Jacob, returned to Birmingham to a full house of friends and fans at their annual homecoming show on November 28 at WorkPlay Theater. They showed off new suits, played five new songs, added horns and strings, wore Santa hats for “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” led cheers for Alabama and Auburn, and stopped along the way to sip a Pabst Blue Ribbon and point out people in the audience.
 
It has been a busy year for Bryant and Davidson, graduates of Pinson Valley High School who often skipped class and went to Mrs. Caldwell’s room to talk music (she was at the show). They released their debut album, John and Jacob, toured the world with Kacey Musgraves, and played music festivals across the country, including the Hangout Music Festival.
 
Scott Register, of Reg’s Coffee House on Birmingham Mountain Radio, describes John and Jacob as a mix as The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Keith Urban and Roy Orbison. Their new songs add more AD/DC with rock guitar and stretched out solos for three guitars and bass and Trevor Davis on drums feeding the fire.  
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They have a new style with new rust-colored suits, introduced at “skinny suits for skinny boys.” Hair short on the sides and long on the top that whipped up and down during solos and was pushed out of the way during breaks. Bryant and Davidson agree on style and music, but not the Iron Bowl. Bryant led the crowd in Roll Tide, then Davidson said “We’ve got a new song. It is only one second, but a lot can happen in one second.”
 
John and Jacob began as a rock band with John’s cousin Jake Thrasher on bass.They played their first gigs at church as a rock band. They changed direction, switched to acoustic guitar, added drummer Trevor Davis, wrote new songs and started playing in Birmingham venues, including Zydeco. They moved to Nashville, added Austen Taylor Smith on guitar, signed a publishing deal with Major Bob Music, wrote the #1 song “Done” with The Band Perry, then self-produced their own album. Their song “Be My Girl” was featured on the television show Nashville.
 
They are currently writing songs for their next album, including “To The Moon,” “Onto Us,” and “Oh Melissa,” and “Do Me Like You Do” that they debuted at WorkPlay.
Here is the video of  “Breaking the Law.”
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Huntsville native Paul McDonald, backed by Jonathan Pears playing harmonica, guitar, mandolin, and kickdrum, opened the show. “This is supposed to be an acoustic show, but Jonathan makes us a band,” said McDonald. The two played together in the band High Tide Blues and got to know John and Jacob playing in Birmingham.
 
After a season on American Idol (he was 8th place on season 10) and a move to Los Angeles, McDonald is now living in Nashville working on a new album. One of his new songs is about the difficulty of a breakup in the age of social media. “It is hard to zone out and just have time to heal.”
 
Is your life as good as it seems or is it a lie like you lived with me?
There is no such thing as goodbye on a news feed. You keep pulling me in on my computer screen
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Here is video of McDonald’s cover of  “I Want to Dance with Somebody.”

This was our first music event to cover at WorkPlay and owner Tom Williams gave us a tour. It is a concert and event venue with recording studios, a rock school, and the home of Birmingham Mountain Radio.

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