Staying true to oneself. THAT should be the goal of every singer/songwriter out there. But it doesn’t always happen. Many times artists try to emulate their heroes rather than just BE who they are.
I wanted to catch up with Jon following his new release a few months ago, Natural Man. Wolfe describes the album as a personal journey, saying, “Natural Man is a concept that I have wanted to record for a few years. This album stretches me as an artist and as a vocalist, while staying true to who I am. I have known how I wanted it to sound, and how I wanted it to look for some time now. I’ve been visualizing this album for such a long time, and it feels great to finally bring it to life!”
Katie: There’s no doubt that your music should be found in the honky tonks and dancehalls. You are a Country singer…with a majority of the music coming out of Nashville being something NOT necessarily the kind of Country we remember, how do you remain true to your sound?
Jon: Personally, I think it’s important to stay true to your passions and true to who you are as an artist. However, I think it’s important to be aware of what’s going on out there. I feel like I’m a traditionalist, but I try to make Traditional Country Music that feels fresh and feels current. I’m such a fan of the tradition of this genre that I want represent it the best way I know, without doing exactly what someone else has done in the past.
Katie: Your latest CD, Natural Man, has been out for a couple months now, what song has had the biggest response at live shows?
Jon: It’s always interesting to see what reacts versus what you “think” will react when you record the album. Fortunately, there’s a great response to the singles such as “Smile on Mine” and “What Are You Doin’ Right Now,” but we’re seeing “Outrun Her Memory” becoming a fast favorite.
Katie: When it comes to your fans, what is your favorite way to interact with them? Live shows? On social media?
Jon: Well, my favorite is always meeting them at the shows. It’s always a great feeling to see someone out in the crowd singing along and knowing the words, and it’s even better when you get a chance to chat with them and find out what that song means to them.
Katie: I see you co-wrote a few of the tunes on Natural Man …what is your favorite part of co-writing? Why?
Jon: Co-writing to me can be a frustrating process at times or the best feeling in the world. It’s always different for me. I feel like you learn from both. I’d have to say my favorite part of co-writing comes in the collaboration process. When you look over at your writing partner and your both digging what’s goin’ on. And it never hurts when you feel like you’ve written a hit too!
Katie: What do you do to relax?
Jon: Is there such a thing?! I’m a big fan of the outdoors….running, hiking, and working out. Believe it or not, I like mowing and working in my yard…maybe it’s the George Jones in me. I guess you can always put a cold beer in my hand, and that usually does the trick, too!
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