Miami, Okla., native Jon Wolfe‘s music has flowed through countless dancehalls throughout Texas, and broken into the Top 10 on the Texas charts six times, with the singles “Let A Country Boy Love You,” “That Girl In Texas,” “I Don’t Dance,” “It All Happened In A Honky Tonk,” “The Only Time You Call,” and “What Are You Doin’ Right Now.”
After garnering regional success, Wolfe’s release It All Happened In A Honky Tonk was re-released as a Deluxe Edition by Warner Music Nashville in 2013. The project has sold more than 25,000 units.
Though based in Texas, Wolfe brought his music to Nashville for the making of his most recent project, titled Natural Man (Fool Hearted Productions/Tone Tree Music). The 13-track album was recorded in Nashville’s Westwood Studios and Ronnie’s Place, and features an array of top writers, including Jon Pardi, Deric Ruttan, Pat Alger, Chris Cavanaugh, Casey Beathard, Wyatt Durrette, and more.
Wolfe recently visited MusicRow‘s office for a three-song preview of the project. He offered up “Smile On Mine,” penned by Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip, and Rhett Akins, along with “That’s What I’m Talking About,” penned by Tom Shapiro, Jacob Powell, and Michael Carter.
Wolfe lent his songwriting talents to two tracks on the project, including “I’m Doin’ Alright” and “Singin’ Thing.” The latter was the last song he co-wrote with Tim Johnson and James Dean Hicks, before Johnson lost his battle with cancer.
“This is a song about my life, a little bit of Tim’s, all three of us,” he said before the performance. “James and I got together after Tim passed away to finish the song. It’s definitely an emotional song for me.”
For Wolfe, Natural Man is an authentic expression of his musical roots, which are steeped in traditional country soil. “My passion has always been traditional country,” Wolfe says. “Nowadays there is a controversy between those who like pop country and those who like traditional country. I’ve never participated in that, because you have to do what is true to you as an artist. That’s why fans love you. I tell people if I tried to rap, it would be the biggest debacle ever. My passion has always been guys like George Strait, Alan Jackson, and Clint Black. I think there is without a doubt a place for that. As the genre continues to evolve, there will always be traditional artists.”
Wolfe worked for more than a year on the project, which he co-produced with Lex Lipsitz and Billy Decker. He maintains that though he is based in Texas, listeners shouldn’t expect a typical “Texas Country” sound. “When you are in Texas, you get thrown into the Texas Country scene. I never put myself in any particular category. I just want to make a great country record,” he says.
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