My friends warned me about Jon Latham. “We know how emotional you are. His music will kill you.”
Turns out, they were right. ‘Conversation At the Wedding’ wrecked me. Not just the song, but the self-depreciating storytelling behind the song. If you’re my friend, then you know I’m a masochist of some sort and I usually have to find out the hard way how things will affect me.
After seeing him live, I HAD to meet him. I would see him everywhere around town, but never without a group of 7-10 people hanging around him. That wasn’t intimidating at all. I finally worked up the nerve to say hello. He was just as sweet as I imagined and after a conversation about the movie, “A Walk To Remember,”Ryan Adams, Mandy Moore, music in general, you name it.. I knew we were destined to be friends.
I went from a fan to basically adding him as an emergency contact. I have great memories of hours on the phone, after-show hangs, taking him to his first Sturgill Simpson concert in Birmingham, road-tripping to Asheville for one of his gigs, (shout out to Jessica Rae for driving) and beating him at air hockey. But I think the best part of our friendship is getting to know his family and how I’ve grown to love them as if they were my own.
Have I mentioned his talent? He’s one of the best songwriters around and was signed to my favorite record label, Cafe Rooster. You can catch him solo or backed by an amazing, sweetheart of a band featuring Sean Quinn of Sean quinn and The Tremblers, sometimes Andrew Leahey of Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, Raun Shultz, and Corey Nichols.
I’m documenting some of our memories because I know they’re about to blow up and I probably wont see him much anymore. If you haven’t listened to his music yet, what exactly are you waiting for?! Don’t sleep on it.
(Featured photo by Stacie Huckeba)