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Sounds | Stephen Wilson Jr. - Year To Be Young 1994 (live)

Ik liet deze song reeds eerder aan bod komen, maar kan toch niet om de live versie heen. Nu kan er ook eens vergeleken worden: de akoestische versie van vijf maand geleden met de full band live versie hier. Nu snap ik ook waarom zowat alle muziekmagazines de invloed van grunge aanhalen: luister maar eens naar het gitaargeluid dat Wilson Jr. laat horen. DANG! Maar ook die stem, beste mensen. Héél wat countryzangers hebben een specifiek timbre, missen echter live de nodige power. Dat kan van Stephen Wilson Jr. niet gezegd worden... en hij doet hiervoor niet eens zijn mond open.

Ik grijp ook nog de gelegenheid om zijn album - wat mij betreft het americana AOTY2023 - in de spotlights te plaatsen: een must have voor elke (americana) muziekliefhebber i.m.h.o.

Luister ook naar: de akoestische versie

Ter Info

Stephen Wilson Jr. winds back the clock three decades and brings you back to the days when MTV ruled and first kisses happened at roller rinks. Wilson Jr. released a spirited performance of “Year To Be Young 1994” for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's.


The performance arrives as Stephen Wilson Jr. tours the country for a completely sold out debut headline tour which continues tonight in Birmingham, Ala., with upcoming stops in Portland, Seattle, and New York City. Wilson Jr. will make his Stagecoach debut on Saturday, April 27, and continue touring throughout the rest of the year with dates supporting HARDY, Brothers Osborne, and The Cadillac Three.


In February, Wilson Jr. made his television debut on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers with a raucous performance of his viral hit “Cuckoo” from his debut double album søn of dad which was released last year via Big Loud Records. The 22-song opus appeared on numerous year-end lists including Rolling Stone, Whiskey Riff, Wide Open Country, Billboard, and Grady Smith, as well as the #1 album of the year in Holler and All Country News

Acclaim for søn of dad


“The most existential release of the year goes to relative newcomer Stephen Wilson Jr….if you listen closely, you'll hear the work of a master craftsman versed in all manners of pop music.” – Rolling Stone


“...the next iconoclastic leader of country's rock revival.” – The Tennessean


“Throughout the album, Wilson Jr. offers the kind of nuanced storytelling that has helped make stars of artists like Eric Church and Chris Stapleton, and he has the vocal prowess to back it up. An extremely promising debut.” – Billboard


“...the album ultimately feels like a declaration of creative independence — intriguing and insightful at all levels.” – Nashville Scene


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