We spoke to our next Swag Spotlight, Jon Wood just after he released his debut EP which was produced and co-written with Justin Weaver, a major songwriter in Nashville with songs like Brantley Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up”, Jason Aldean’s “Even If I Wanted To” and the Meghan Trainor/John Legend smash pop hit, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”. Wood who was born in a small town just 20 minutes north of Nashville experienced his father working in the music industry as a songwriter and an artist. Eventually, they moved to North Carolina where Wood tells us his father gave up one dream to follow another. “He had four boys and anything that would take him to the next level would end up taking him away from his family so he realized he wanted to be a dad more than anything so he put that on to the side and raised us and taught us how to write songs and sing,” he explains.
Growing up he recalls his family formed a band with a bluegrass sound and they recorded all of the music in the studio their father built in their house. Wood was only 12 years old and loved playing festivals and pursuing a music career with his family by his side. He knew from an early age that with the support of his parents, he was going to continue to be determined to make it in the music world. Instilling the love for classic country like George Jones, Merle Haggard, and George Strait, Wood eventually made his way to Nashville wearing a cowboy hat and hoping to carve his own path. “I’ve been here since May of last year, I moved when I was 21 after a 15-minute conversation with my parents and honestly, the rest of my story is still being written.
Oddly enough, Wood now lives a mere five minutes from where his parents lived back in the 1990s and he passes their old apartment building all of the time. “It’s so crazy, I’m sort of living what they wanted to live,” he says. “My dad was the first one who told me to move to Nashville to truly chase that dream.” After Weaver found Wood by seeing one of the videos he posted on Instagram, they struck up a great friendship and started working together. “I get to write with him and sit in the studio and hang out for hours and just write and make music and it’s hard to find people that you can just truly sit down with and create with,” he says of their effortless relationship. Weaver is a co-writer and producer on all four of the songs on his From Where I’m From EP. Each track has a traditional vibe and Wood explains that it is so refreshing to see artists like Midland, Jon Pardi, and Luke Combs experiencing such success.
“When I got to town I looked at Dustin Lynch who’s music isn’t the most traditional but he did have that cowboy hat so I figured I could do something in that lane but with Midland and Jon Pardi, it shows that people are getting sort of tired of hearing the same thing on the radio, not that it’s bad music but sometimes you aren’t sure if you clicked country radio or pop radio,” he explains. “We want to find the sound that Kenny Chesney tapped into in the early 2000s, it was traditional but he could sell out a stadium with it and keep the energy going.”
His next EP is slated for release in the fall and he looks forward to working hands on the project and hopefully getting out to play some shows around the south.
From Where I’m From is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more recently released music here on our “New Country Music” playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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