Stephen Wilson Jr. releases moving dedication to his late father
Today, the Southern Indiana-born, Nashville-based artist Stephen Wilson Jr. released new single “Father’s Son,” a stirring tribute to his late father soundtracked by delicate strings and sweeping slide guitar. The song is his first new release following his critically-acclaimed debut EP bon aqua, released earlier this year on Big Loud Records.
“Being born in the shadow of a man greater than his name and to be given the same, I was gifted with this song as an attempt to rationalize my inherent conflict between heredity & identity,” shares Wilson. “Am I me or am I him, and who is he? Whoever I was before died with him, and now I am what I am with a mighty anchor that is his legacy dragging an ocean floor full of formative memories.”
“I wear his blue jean jacket and his name like a badge of honor / I used to hate being called junior, but I don’t mind any longer,” he sings. Wilson was raised by a single father who was an accomplished boxer who began training him at age seven through adulthood. He would go on to become an Indiana State Golden Gloves finalist.
“You don’t have to put Jr. after your name. It’s an optional suffix. But it is very powerful,” Wilson adds. “It carries a lot of weight in the sport of boxing, because it means you’re an extension of your father. I’m an artist now, but when I see my name on a show poster, I still look at it like a fight card.”
Last week, Wilson made his CMA Fest debut, with Rolling Stone proclaiming him “one of the most interesting artists to watch this year, a true original.” This year, Wilson also made his Grand Ole Opry and Stagecoach debuts in the midst of his run supporting The Lone Bellow. In the coming months, he will tour with Drake White, Charley Crockett, 49 Winchester and Joss Stone. He will also make his Red Rocks debut supporting Midland on Oct. 14.
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