The Houston NRA convention has one artist remaining: Jacob Bryant

UPDATE 3 p.m. Jacob Bryant has replied to people on social media saying the NRA’s “Grand Ole Night Of Freedom Concert” is canceled and not performing. There was no bigger announcement on his social media or website. Earlier on Friday, his publicist said there was “no official update yet.”

-JG

Jacob Bryant was touted as a rookie among the more established country singers scheduled to perform at this weekend’s NRA meeting in Houston. That was before Don McLean, Larry Gatlin and Lee Greenwood dropped out following a school shooting in Uvalde that killed 19 children and two teachers.

Now Bryant is the star attraction. He is the only confirmed artist remaining on the lineup for Saturday’s “Grand Ole Night Of Freedom Concert.” Singers Larry Stewart, Danielle Peck and T. Graham Brown also pulled out.

Bryant has yet to comment on the Uvalde shooting or his decision to perform. He is listed as a “lifetime member of the NRA” on the site. This loyalty tier costs $1,500 and comes with a jacket and a shooter patch. Its official website describes it as “Nashville’s best-kept secret.”

His publicist, in an emailed statement on Thursday afternoon, said “Jacob needs to perform.”

The Jasper, Georgia native’s latest album, “Bar Stool Preacher,” was released this year. His most popular song on Spotify, “Pour Whiskey on My Grave”, is approaching 11 million plays.

“Bryant continues to break the mold as a new artist,” reads his PR bio. “The singer-songwriter is a true road warrior and has spent hundreds of thousands of miles on the road performing at honky tonks, fairs and even the Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.”

Bryant made his Grand Ole Opry debut earlier this year. He was raised on a mix of bluegrass, alternative rock and Christian music. His sound has been compared to Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert, although he cites Keith Whitley and Travis Tritt as his main influences.

The death of her mother in 2010 caused a dizzying drop in alcohol and cocaine addiction. He told the Albany Herald that he “drank 30 beers a day and mixed them with booze and stuff.” He is now sober.

According to mainstreet-nashville.com, Bryant had a chemically-induced heart attack when he was 19, brought on by lack of sleep and excessive consumption of Red Bull.

“It’s nothing to brag about but if I drank a Coke my chest would vibrate and I would get all excited but I could do a line of cocaine and go to bed. It just didn’t affect me like it did most people. It kind of calmed me down,” he said.

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