August 18, 2023




“…one of the most interesting artists to watch this year, a true original.” – Rolling Stone

Stephen Wilson Jr. | Image by Tim Cofield | Download Here

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Today, the Southern Indiana-born, Nashville-based artist Stephen Wilson Jr. released new single“patches” from his upcoming debut double album søn of dad, out September 15 via Big Loud Records. With its deceptively breezy melody and easygoing chorus underscored by melancholic slide guitars, the song touches upon the importance of learning to live with the scars, scratches, and holes in our lives. Today, Wilson also announced that he will join The Lone Bellow on tour for another string of dates this winter.

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Of the song, Wilson shares: “My scars got scars. Graffiti on graffiti on graffiti. ‘patches’ is a playful song with a serious message. A life lived not avoided. øne packaged with consequences and fibrosis. A built-in collagen-based repair system showing the world the road map to where we’ve been. Wearing scars we’ve earned like we’ve earned ’em.”

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, søn of dad is a 22-song tribute to his late father, to be released exactly five years to the day of his death. Album centerpiece “Father’s Son” and its stirring music video received praise from CMTWhiskey Riff and Rolling Stone who named it one of the Best Country Songs of 2023 So Far.

“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 follows this year’s bon aqua EP, which earned acclaim from American SongwriterWide Open CountryHoller 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.” Over the last six months, Wilson has also made his Grand Ole Opry, Stagecoach and CMA Fest debuts and has shared the stage with The Lone BellowDrake WhiteCharley Crockett, 49 Winchester and Larry Fleet. Still to come are dates with Joss Stone and Midland, including his Red Rocks debut supporting the latter on Oct. 14, and additional dates with The Lone Bellow this November and December. Find a full list of dates below or visit his website.

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

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 @

11/3: Scottsdale, AZ – Dreamy Draw Music Festival

11/26 & 11/27: Vienna, VA – The Barns at Wolf Trap #

11/29, 11/30 & 12/1: New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall #

12/2 & 12/3: Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair #

12/5: Rochester, NY – The Theater at Innovation Square #

12/6: Fairfield, CT – The Warehouse #

12/8: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s #

12/9: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s #

12/10: Richmond, VA – The National #

^ – with Joss Stone

@ – with Midland

# – with The Lone Bellow



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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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