Monday, September 5, 2011

Jahah: Before I Go (Live @ The Earl)

Yo, the other night I had the pleasure of opening up for my homie Rock Most in celebration of his new album Rise and Shine! 

This particular event (or night) showcased some of Atlanta's premiere underground hip hop talents and I decided to go against the grain and perform acoustically as opposed to rocking with a DJ or a band.

I haven't performed without a 5 piece band in probably 10 years and I've never performed acoustically! I wanted to take a risk and do something a little different that would hopefully set me apart from the other hip-hop artist on the bill. I decided to call up one of my favorite guitar players, Rod Harris, and ask him if he'd be interested in playing guitar for me acoustically. I explained to Rod that I wanted to rhyme and sing songs over his guitar playing minus a band to showcase my lyrics and vocals more. Rod thought it was a great idea and the rest is history!

Overall, I thought my first acoustic set came off pretty good and I look forward to doing more sets just like this in the near future. I'm thinking the next time I'd like to add a percussionist to keep time and add a little flavor but I dig the bareness of what you'll hear in the clip above. It's just me, the guitar, and the crowd singing together. There's something very human and natural about this just feels more authentic to me. I feel like I should have done this years ago!

Big up to Jay Calvert on the background vocals. Also, thanks to everyone who showed and supported the movement. You are appreciated! Seriously!


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