Promising newcomer Jordan Brooker puts his hard-rocking influences on blast in a new performance video premiering today (August 28) on Sounds Like Nashville, delivering an acoustic cover of Fuel’s high-octane ballad, “Hemorrhage (In My Hands).”
Showing off his sandpaper vocals and a brooding disposition, the intimate video clip is part of an acoustic video series filmed by Zack Knudsen and finds Brooker tapping the power of one of his favorite alternative hits. The electric-guitar driven original version may not exactly scream “country music,” but underneath the surface he says there’s plenty of emotion to work with. Plus, it’s one of those tracks everyone from his generation knows — and its building blocks never really went out of style.
“I’ve always loved that song. It was one of those ones that was really popular in my world when I was coming up,” Brooker says. “I think the chord structure and melodies are really haunting and have a very delicate quality to them, but the overall sound is pretty massive. I don’t know why I’ve just always been drawn to that type of song.”
A native of rural Indiana, Brooker grew up surrounded by both country and the thundering sound of alternative hits in the late ’90s and Y2K era. Lately, he’s been putting that opposites-attract influence to good use as a songwriter in Nashville (check out “Refrigerator Door” on Luke Combs’ EP, The Prequel) and even premiered an acoustic version of his country rocking “Surefire Way” on Sounds Like Nashville last week.
Looking ahead, Brooker is hoping to ride a wave of early-career interest. His debut EP brought in more than 5 million streams and landed him on Pandora’s 2019 Artists to Watch list, and now he’s heading toward the release of his sophomore project, produced by hit maker Luke Wooten (Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley).