FIRST JPB RADIO INTERVIEW WITH WOCA.COM IN OCALA, FL
Born in Mobile, AL, Jonathan Pierce grew up surrounded by farms in Hazel Green. He had a love for sports cars, video games, and rock music. It wasn’t until 2003 that he started playing drums at the age of 21 while attending Auburn.
“I got a late start for sure. Most people get at least introduced to an instrument in middle school, but my school didn’t have a music program. A girl I was dating in college at Auburn University encouraged my passion. She was inspiring because she could write, sing, & dance. She convinced me to buy a drum kit 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 Danny Carey to 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.
After years of practice and honing, I am thankful that I feel like I have finally found my voice in music. Many people told me that I couldn't do it including some closest to me. The secret is just being yourself and having others accept who you are or not."
In 2012, he started an Americana group called Blue Jays Band. We had some great fun and opened up for the Sister Hazel band. We had a pretty strong following in Florida but took a break from music for 2 years after losing his mom to illness and moved back home. With some much needed reflection time he began writing again and discovered a new voice in country.
It was weird, it was like I was being honest for the first time. And the more I thought about it and where I grew up I began to see that I was country rock all along.
In November of 2016, he moved to Nashville to bring you a new blend of modern southern rock and country.
"I am by no means famous and 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 twice 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."
Performed at Ascend Amphitheater before Philip Phillips and the Goo Goo Dolls
Performed at Ascend Amphitheater before Blackberry Smoke and Government Mule
May 18 2018 - Performed at Ascend Amphitheater before Allison Krauss and Willie Nelson
July 13 2018 - Performed at Ascend Amphitheater before REO Speedwagon and Chicago.
Aug 12, 2018 - Performed at Ascend Amphitheater before Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakum.