Larry Jon Wilson's father loved getting him to sing Hank Williams' songs like "Cold, Cold Heart." His fourth grade teacher at Augusta's Monte Sano Elementary school loved to hear him yodel so much – when the class studied Switzerland in geography class – that she kept having him come back to demonstrate yodeling, even when he was at Langford Junior High. He had learned to yodel listening to his dad's old Jimmie Rodgers' records.
The native of Swainsboro, GA, loved music, but it wasn't until his dad died that he got his first guitar and turned to music seriously.
In the early 1970s, Larry Jon Wilson emerged as a distinctive vocalist who would create a huge following with his blend of country and blues. In 1973, he was signed to Monument Records in Nashville and saw his debut Monument album, New Beginnings, released in 1975. He became a "singer's singer" admired by legends like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dottie West, Kris Kristofferson, Larry Gatlin and Mickey Newbury. Other classic albums followed like Let Me Sing My Song For You in '76, Loose Change in '77 and Sojourners in '79. Larry's unique voice can be heard on the tracks "Sheldon Church Yard (Country Got Soul)," "Ohoopee River Bottomland (Country Got Soul Vol. 2)," and "Sapelo & Friday Night Fight At Al's" on the Country Soul Revue Testifying album.
He performed at all the "in" nightclubs like The Other End in New York, The Cellar Door near Washington, DC, The Exit/In in Nashville and the Great Southeast Music Hall in Atlanta.
Larry Jon Wilson still performs and travels occasionally and pops up on such television shows as Turner South's Live At The Bluebird Cafe. Wilson recently made a trip to the UK where he performed to sold-out crowds at the Barbican in London.
No matter where my music takes me
I always see some place that makes me
Wanna take off for the Georgia backroads
I've called home so long
Seen the road to ruin, the road to fame,
The high road and the low road and the road to shame
And the road that leads us back home again,
That made me write this song.
The Georgia backroads I've called home so long.