Nick Nace, Brian Revels
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
From the earliest of ages , Jon Latham has been obsessed with music. While living in the small town of Greenwood, South Carolina, his first stage was the fireplace hearth at his grandma's house. Introduced from the kitchen, he'd take the "stage", singing along to his favorite records while strumming along on his toy guitar. The years have passed, the child has grown, but the drive and love of performing is still rooted in the same innocence.
Jon grew up for most of his life in Kennesaw, Georgia, a small suburb on the northern sprawl of Atlanta. He picked up drums at the age of 6, and through his early teens, he became involved with music in the local church. A side-effect of his time in the Pentecostal sanctuaries was a honing of skills on other instruments. If the bass player fell ill, Jon would relinquish the drum duties to another player so that he could cover the bass parts. By the age of 16, he had taught himself guitar, and just after high school, he formed a duo with his brother performing in bars, coffee shops, and restaurants in the Atlanta area.
As the years went on, Jon's pursuits in music were well-tempered with his work ethic, ever the skeptic that it would lead any further than the local open mics. That all changed when he met a fellow Kennesaw singer-songwriter named Peyton Parker. Both Jon and Peyton found chemistry in their harmonies, and Jon became her sideman, filling out guitar parts. Peyton and Jon eventually found that same spark of inspiration when it came to writing, and together, they began crafting original tunes as a team. In 2013, Peyton took the big leap to Nashville, Tennessee, and once settled there, her family generously offered a spare room for Jon if he could move.
Jon moved to Nashville on Memorial Day 2013. Upon arriving he fell ill, only to find himself in a three-day coma in the ICU, fighting blood clots in his lungs. Brushing so close to his mortality in a foreign city had an effect on Jon after his recovery. He channeled this groundswell of emotions into his first batch of solo songs, which he began playing at Nashville open mics and writers rounds. His honest delivery and wholehearted appreciation for the audience won him respect and admiration within the local music community, particularly in East Nashville. With the help of local engineer and co-producer Josh Morris, he released his first record, Real Bad News in the fall of 2015. Playing most of the instrumentation himself, Jon's debut album was met with glowing reviews and even landed in the Bitter Southerner's Top 25 Southern Albums of 2015.
As time progressed he found himself sharing the stage with friends and colleagues such as Aaron Lee Tasjan, Brian Wright, Great Peacock, and Darrin Bradbury; occasionally, Jon even had the chance to play with childhood heroes, such as Dan Baird and Kevin Kinney.
Jon returned to the studio over the summer of 2016 and recorded his follow-up, Lifers, through the fall. Jon will be releasing the album in the summer of 2017 through Cafe Rooster Records.
The Canadian born Nick Nace is a "highly-respected wordsmith among East Nashville’s Americana scene" (-American Songwriter). He lived in NYC and for over a decade and was one half of the folk duo A Brief View of the Hudson (Best Folk Duo - NY Press). The pair recorded two albums and composed the soundtrack for Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film! which premiered at SXSW.
In 2015 he moved to Nashville and has since toured Ireland, Canada and the U.S. extensively. He has been selected to perform at the Mississippi Songwriter Festival, Druid City Songwriter Festival, The Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival, Panama City Songwriter Festival and is a winner of the gulf coast's biggest songwriting competition The Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout (judged by Travis Meadows).
Last year he toured the Southeast with Nashville songwriters Jon Latham & Darrin Bradbury and opened for Texas troubadour Hayes Carll. He will be releasing his debut solo album this fall.
Brian Revels is energy and angst in a comet trail of music that is as perceptive as it is entertaining. He hearkens back to an earlier time, a bygone era when words were true and hearts were strong. His observations of Americana ring with authenticity, with
the rawness of earth, the clarity of rainwater and the depth of the sky.
He’s a wily veteran of the Atlanta, Georgia music scene, a multi-
instrumentalist, a natural-born storyteller with a poetic edge. He helped to build the band City Mouse into a regional force before it was finally time to step out on his own. He’s from folk and blues and country and bluegrass, an alternative to them all and a better man for their influences. The hole he’s worn in his guitar is not as large as the one he’s worn in his heart with the cares of the lives he hopes he can redeem one song at a time.
Be sure you see him now so you can say you knew him when – before the wider world discovers him and lifts him away. His timeless musicality will touch your soul with the drama, and the significance, of love lost and regained, of the human frailty that reduces and yet ennobles each of us.