Being a listener of the Ray Johnston Band, I saw him reference having his first headlining show recently and he mentioned his opening act, Jon Stork. I have a habit of checking out the artists that are mentioned in concert postings, and I was rewarded yet again with the music of Jon Stork.
Born just outside of Houston, Texas, he explains on his website (jonstork.com), that he got his start by learning to play his guitar and perform songs at his local church. This is a very similar path many of the artists I listen to, take. It is a place that gives you the confidence to learn to perform in front of an audience on a regular basis.
Like many other artist who yearn to pave their own way through life, he realized that the corporate life was just not for him. There is something to be said for those that take the risk and have the courage to set out to take the road less traveled. Despite it’s challenges, it can be a very rewarding experience. I have full confidence after listening to Stork’s music that he will be successful.
His 2017 release, “In Your Radio” features six song that showcase his warm vocals with a mix of upbeat and slower tempo songs. Songs like “Texas Broke My Heart” flirt the line with some fine southern rock. Jon described to me that Texas is home to many long distance relationships - which when you think about it, must be more common than many of us would realize. Texas is absolutely enormous and it’s like having a long distance relationship in Maine when you live in Massachusetts. He mentioned how you always start thinking on those long drives after barely having a chance to spend some time together. You begin to question things as your mind wanders and ultimately things fail to workout.
The old expression, “Behind every great man, there’s a great woman” rings true for many artists on the road. It’s a topic many of the artists choose to write and sing about because without that strong support and understanding, things would be even more difficult. As concert a go-er, we usually just see the band put on a heck of a show and rave about it on social media, snap pictures and videos. Do many of us actually take the time to think about what’s next for the artists that night? Likely not. While we go home to our families, they’re hitting the road to head to another show. Their families and children don’t always see them and “What Makes a Woman” was Stork’s way on conveying his appreciation for his significant other. They did make the choice to pursue this life, but when I hear a song like this, I can’t help but think about the sacrifices.
We all know of that one person that had a good relationship and then it ends. Next thing you know they are going out with all the wrong people and still can’t figure out why it never works out. “Kissing Strangers” paints that picture as Jon sings about still being with strangers but never finding that love he had before. You can feel the regret pouring from his heart as he realizes he may have screwed up and drove her away. Songs like this are made for country music and Jon Stork is well on his way to making waves in the Texas Country scene.
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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