Born in 1982, Jonathan Pierce grew up surrounded by farms outside of Huntsville, Alabama. In 2018, he’s launching his career in Nashville as a southern country rock artist with a self-produced single called Get Dirty In My Jeep. The single was released on the same day he performed before Allison Krauss and Willie Nelson at Ascend Amphitheater’s VIP room. A lot of people don’t know it wasn’t until the age of 21 that he started this music journey.
“It’s been a long journey with a late start but I’ve learned to be patient to the process. My K-12 school didn’t have a music program. A girl I was dating in college at Auburn University encouraged my passion. She convinced me to buy a drum kit for myself on my 21st birthday after watching me perform some amazing air drum solos in the car to Foo Fighters’ One by One album.
On the drums, I studied my favorites from John Bonham, Danny Carey, Carter Beauford, and of course Dave Grohl. But I eventually discovered my thirst for guitar and bought a $100 Yamaha guitar in Atlanta in 2006. I had some really talented guitar players as friends but they all seemed to lack creative imagination and a child like wonder to the guitar. I guess I kept that outlook on life as I grew up.
Deep down, I knew I wanted to play guitar more than drums. My mom and I used to drive around listening to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Marvin Gaye super loud. So when I started playing guitar I found it to be more soothing to the soul.
In 2012, he started an Americana group called Blue Jays Band in Atlanta, Ga. We had fun and played on the Atlanta Open Mic circuit. Eventually, we moved to Florida and had a strong local following with a catalog of over 150 original songs.
But Jonathan took a break from the Blue Jays Band for 2 years after losing his mom to illness and moved back home to AL. With some much needed reflection time he began writing again and discovered a new passion for folk and country music.
Losing my mom was tough. I’m glad I had music to escape to. During that period I wrote a lot differently. It was weird, it was like I was listening to my inner self for the first time and instead of rock music coming out it was country. And the more I thought about it and where I grew up I began to see that I was surrounded by country music all along.
In November of 2016, he moved to Nashville to follow his dreams. Very few people know that I have walked away from some high paying jobs to make music happen. Once I knew I was moving to Nashville and got a job there, I quit my Alabama job too soon. I ended up having my car repo’d and my sister rented me a car to drive back and forth to Nashville. But I made it work and eventually moved up here.
Nashville feels like home. I am thankful that I feel like I have finally found my voice too in music. I want to show people that anyone can play music because so many people told me that I couldn’t do it. Most of them are Alabama fans :). The secret is just being yourself and having others accept who you are or not.”
“I certainly have a long way to perfecting my skills, but in less than a year I have been blessed to perform at Ascend Amphitheater VIP lounge before the Goo Goo Dolls and was invited back again to perform before Government Mule. I wasn’t expecting to play out so quickly but Nashville is a welcoming city for good hearted people.”
What does the future look like for JPB? For the rest of 2018, you can expect me to release a new line of merch in the fall and I’ll be revamping my online presence with new videos and hopefully recording my original love song called Better Than Whiskey. I am also currently writing my first JPB album due out in 2020 called #ABetterMan.