Wilson Jr.


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 Songwriter, Wide Open Country, Holler, Whiskey 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 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. Wilson was raised by a single father who was a boxer and had him boxing from age seven through adulthood as an Indiana State Golden Gloves finalist. The self-taught guitarist moved to Nashville to pursue a degree in Microbiology at MTSU, where he started indie rock band AutoVaughn after finishing his degree. After five years of touring the world as lead guitarist with AutoVaughn, Wilson turned his creative focus toward songwriting and singing. In 2016, he signed a publishing deal with BMG Nashville. His songs were soon recorded by artists such as Caitlyn Smith, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion, MacKenzie Porter, Sixpence None the Richer and Leigh Nash.