Singer/guitarist Jon Young has performed in his hometown of Stephenville many times over the years, but his current band’s next event will be special.
The Jon Young Band will offer up a mix of Americana, Texas country, folk, and rock music in a free, live “drive-in concert experience” in downtown Stephenville slated for 7-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.
Young, 38, told the E-T Thursday that it’s always special when he gets a chance to perform here, and added, “I think this one’s going to be even more special. It’s pretty exciting. I think it’s going to be a really good time.”
In his initial email announcement of the concert, Young noted, “Music offers a much-needed sense of connection and comfort during this challenging time of isolation and social distancing. We wanted to create an opportunity to gather safely to enjoy live music in a different way and help ease some of the tension we all feel.
“We’re thrilled to invite the citizens of our community to bring the family out for a nostalgic evening of live music, entertainment and camaraderie from the safety of your car.”
Those attending the concert “are encouraged to park in and around the Texas Bank parking lot at 281 N. Graham St.”
Young’s news release states that the performance will be broadcast via radio transmitter and heard through your vehicle’s stereo. The band will be set up on a stage behind Studio 222, but everyone attending will remain in their vehicles to maintain necessary safe social distancing because of the continuing COVID-19 concerns.
Young’s family was living near Dublin when he was born, and they moved to Stephenville about four years later. He attended Stephenville schools, and graduated from Stephenville High School in 2000.
Young fondly recalled, “All of the experiences I had here, going through school, it’s been a good place to grow up.”
And, he added, his last 10 years as a part of the Texas country music culture have been special as well, and “Stephenville has been a hub for the music scene.”
Young is the son of Clarence and Linda Young, who have owned and operated Cross Timbers Plumbing in Stephenville since 1978.
Young said he has played with about five different bands over the years, and began a solo career in 2014. His first musical performance in Stephenville was in 1998. Young sings lead and plays acoustic and electric guitar heading up his current band, which includes four other musicians.
“It’s been an experience, for sure,” said Young, whose early musical influences included an extremely diverse range of artists. He grew up hearing his father’s favorites such as Bob Wills and other Texas Swing musicians, along with his mother’s favorites that covered everything from the Beatles to Carlos Santana.
He described his Americana music as a sort of musical “stew” — including “a little bit of rock ’n’ roll, country, and jazz. I’m influenced by a lot of music.”
Those who follow the Texas Country music charts will remember Jon Young Band’s 2017 hit, “Rubble and Relics,” — a song he wrote about Stephenville (available on iTunes, Amazon Music and Spotify). Also, the album that song is on, “Relic,” can be purchased on his website (thejonyoung.com), along with the 2015 album “Ashes of Dreams of Fire.”
He said that next Saturday’s concert will mostly focus on his country music, and possibly a couple of classic country cover songs.
“Those songs really connect with the audience,” Young said.
Sponsors making the live concert possible include Studio 222, Signs and Designs, Howdy Enterprise, Shade Tree Insurance Agency, Texas Bank and Parks Hill Technology & Marketing.