Breakout country artist Jacob Jones is set to release his debut EP “Son of a Military Man” on Friday, May 26. Each track is enhanced by Jones’s authentic storytelling abilities as he touched every aspect of this project.
The EP is produced by Andrew King — who has worked with Blessing Offor, Tenille Arts and Brooke Eden — and mixed by John Palmieri, engineer for Cole Swindell and Lady A.
A born and raised “military brat,” Jones’s journey has taken him across America, beginning with his Alabama roots and high school years in Virginia. He has since moved on to Nashville, the songwriting capital of the world. Jones’s military background contributes to his fearlessly authentic mindset when songwriting, as he has learned not to take anything for granted, he said.
Inspired by Eric Church, Alan Jackson and George Strait, Jones’s musical threshold knows no limits. With genre acting as a preference, not a barrier, Aerosmith, Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses also stand amidst his influences. The central strength of his sound and love for the art form is undoubtedly his ability to put pen to paper, resulting in captivating songs. Presenting a clear focus on ‘90s-style lyricism and musical progressions, Jones illuminates the possibilities that lie within story-focused, purposeful songwriting.
Jones’s style pulls from the trailblazing foundation of classic country and the time-proven storytelling method of the genre’s greats. Songs “Black & White,” “Window Pain” and “Ends In Why” paint visions of the trials and strengths of young love. Other songs “The Fallen Stood” and “Son of a Military Man” instill a sense of forlorn worry, fear and pride for loved ones who readily give the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
“‘Son of a Military Man’ is a project I’m super excited to put out into the world,” Jones said. “Every song on the project reflects a different part of my life and embodies the spirit of country music as I see it. As someone who grew up as a military kid, I wanted to make ‘Son of a Military Man’ the title track to give all the folks in my community a project to make their own — something they could relate to on a deeper level. This is a song pointed directly at kids who grew up like I did: as the son of a military man.”
The “Son of a Military Man” track list includes:
1. Ends In Why
2. Window Pain
3. The Fallen Stood
4. Savin’ Up My Luck
5. Black & White
6. Waitin’ On Winter
7. Son of a Military Man
“The album’s focus track, ‘The Fallen Stood,’ is easily the most important song off this project,” Jones said. “It talks about the true story of my best friend’s dad, Lt. Sean C. Snyder. His tragic death in the line of service allows us all to do what we love without fear of having our freedom taken away. I’ve already seen an enormous impact from this song, even unreleased. I hope it helps give the general listener a new perspective on what’s important in life, and I look forward to the reactions of those who have similar experiences.”
Some lyrics from “The Fallen Stood” are as follows:
Can’t forget the January morning in Virginia.
Said goodbye, walked out and drove to base in that old pickup.
It was an ordinary training flight, but this time something didn’t go right.
He had to give it all when duty called;
Like every gold star kid that folded flag means everything,
‘Cause it stand for the man who I’d like to think never left that pilot seat.
The fallen stood for honor, it wasn’t for the glory —
Signed on the dotted line to add their names to freedom’s story,
Paid the price and made that sacrifice for the greater good,
So we can live the lives they never could.
The fallen stood.
Jones has received over 250,000-plus global streams across all platforms and received 100,000 streams in his first three months on Spotify. In 2022, 114 different countries streamed Jacob’s music, and he had about 52,400 listeners on Spotify.