July 14, 2023



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NASHVILLE, TENN. – Today, the Southern Indiana-born, Nashville-based artist Stephen Wilson Jr. announced his debut double album søn of dad, out September 15 via Big Loud Records. Wilson also shared two new tracks from the LP: the grungy and discordant “Mighty Beast” and “All The Wars From Now On,” a jangly ode to Wilson’s elders. The album announcement follows the release of “Father’s Son,” a moving tribute to Wilson’s late father that Rolling Stone named as one of the “Best Country Songs of 2023 So Far.”

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“’Mighty Beast’ was a song that grew from the pandemic,” Wilson says. “An artifact from within a bit of a lost season. It has its share of religious undertones paired with satirical adrenaline. The song was these 2 verses and a chorus written with Ryan Necci right before the shut-down. More like a hymn in structure that became hi-jacked by the unnecessary monster it needed to become this song. And with an extra-unapologetic mindset at the time, the musical imagination freely ran wild with it.”

“’All The Wars From Now On,’ was written for my late grandfather, a Korean War veteran who had his share of scars from the conflict,” Wilson shares. “The origin of the song came from watching a few war veterans at a diner in my hometown go about just like my grandfather once did one random morning. I couldn’t help but see him in their jovial conversations, and the thought hit me that the world would be a peaceful place if men like these were fighting all the wars. I knew he would see the honesty and humor in that scenario and enjoy the Norman Rockwell-ion approach to painting this song.”

At its core, søn of dad, co-produced by Wilson and Benjamin West, is a tribute to Stephen Wilson Sr., Wilson’s father who trained him as a boxer from the age of five and was himself a two-time Indiana State Golden Gloves Champion. Informed by Wilson’s wildly diverse background as a boxer, a scientist (he has a degree in microbiology and chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University) and a songwriter, the album is a cathartic and high-energy rock & roll journey that will be released exactly five years to the day his father died.

“Writing and making this album has been very therapeutic for me to learn who I am and what my existence looks like after my father. Because life has to go on,” Wilson says. “I’m living my own life, but it’s like his death bookended what life he should have had onto mine and I’m carrying it around like a train car.”

The new LP comes on the heels of Wilson’s Grand Ole Opry and Stagecoach debuts as well as his first CMA Fest performance which led Rolling Stone to call him “one of the most interesting artists to watch this year, a true original.” Under Wilson’s belt are dates with The Lone BellowDrake White, and Charley Crockett, and still to come this year are shows with 49 WinchesterJoss Stone, and Larry Fleet. He will also make his Red Rocks debut supporting Midland on Oct. 14. Find a full list of dates below or visit his website.

Self-described as “Death Cab For Country,” Wilson draws upon indie rock, grunge and country to create a distinct sound that he debuted on this year’s bon aqua EP, which earned acclaim from American SongwriterWide Open CountryHollerWhiskey Riff, and more. Country Music Pride went so far as to call it “easily the best album of the last 5 years,” declaring Wilson “one of the best living songwriters of our time.” The EP featured single “American Gothic,” his duet with ACM 2023 New Female Artist of the Year, Hailey Whitters. The duo also shared an acoustic performance video of the track. The six songs from the EP all appear on søn of dad, along with a genre-spanning set of new tracks that make a triumphant and definitive statement on the many sides of Stephen Wilson Jr., who is his father’s son.

søn of dad Tracklist

1. the devil (Stephen Wilson Jr.)
2. Cuckoo (Stephen Wilson Jr., Travis Meadows, Jeffrey Steele)
3. billy (Stephen Wilson Jr.)
4. patches (Stephen Wilson Jr., Jeffrey Steele)
5. American Gothic (feat. Hailey Whitters) (Stephen Wilson Jr., Benjamin West, Hailey Whitters)
6. Werewolf (Stephen Wilson Jr., Bryan Simpson)
7. Mighty Beast (Stephen Wilson Jr., Ryan Necci)
8. Year to Be Young 1994 (Stephen Wilson Jr., Benjamin West)
9. twisted (Stephen Wilson Jr., Jeremy Spillman, Connor Thuotte)
10. Father’s Son (Stephen Wilson Jr., Josh Kerr, Nick Wayne)
11. Grief Is Only Love (Stephen Wilson Jr., Jeffrey Steele)
12. Hang in There (Stephen Wilson Jr.)
13. Calico Creek (Stephen Wilson Jr., Jesse Murphy, Michael Wilkes)
14. Holler from the Holler (Stephen Wilson Jr., Craig Wiseman)
15. Hometown (Stephen Wilson Jr., Marv Green, Tony Lane)
16. Not Letting Go (Stephen Wilson Jr., Andrew DeRoberts)
17. For What It’s Worth (Stephen Wilson Jr., Benjamin West)
18. All the Wars from Now On (Stephen Wilson Jr.)
19. kid (Stephen Wilson Jr., Lori McKenna, Benjamin West)
20. Henry (Stephen Wilson Jr., Tony Lane)
21. You (Stephen Wilson Jr., Bryan Simpson)
22. The Beginning (Stephen Wilson Jr.)

Tour Dates

7/18: Bozeman, MT – The Rialto #
7/21: Kemmerer, WY – Oyster Ridge Music Festival
7/22: Redmond, OR – FairWell Festival
7/24: Hillsboro, OR – Washington County Fair
7/27: Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom *
7/29: Lincoln, NE –  Bourbon Theatre
8/19: Des Plaines, IL – Des Plaines Theatre ^
8/20: Grand Rapids, MI – Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater ^
8/22: Cleveland Heights, OH – Cain Park Evans Amphitheater ^
8/23: Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre
8/25: Washington, DC – Warner Theatre ^
8/26: Niagara Falls, ON – OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino ^
8/28: Ridgefield, CT – The Ridgefield Playhouse
8/29: Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston
8/31: Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
9/1: Bethlehem, PA – Wind Creek Event Center
9/3: Marietta, GA – Georgia Country Music Fest
9/14: Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond
10/13: Sandy, UT – Sandy Amphitheater @
10/14: Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre @
# – with 49 Winchester
^ – with Joss Stone
* – with Larry Fleet
@ – with Midland



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Media Contacts

For Stephen Wilson Jr.
Joe Sivick, Bobby Crane, and Michael Krumper | Missing Piece Group
For Big Loud Records
Jess Anderson | Big Loud Records

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