Chasing Songs With American Young

Debut Album AY Available Now

The creative mind of American Young’s Jon Stone is elsewhere. While he waits on a Tuesday morning for his duo partner Kristy Osmunson, he sits at a table at Whole Foods in Nashville’s Green Hills with his chin in his hand, chasing down an unfinished lyric in his head that kept him up late the night before.

The song that is heavy on his mind is a new tune called “What Are You Workin’ For?” about a Hispanic immigrant who works his fingers to the bone in America to send money back home to his family south of the border. It’s a song with a strong message that reminds listeners that not every paycheck made in the U.S. is blown on a good time over the weekend.

“That’s what I love to write,” Stone says. “That is uniquely identifiable to American Young and the music that we continue to make. When it comes to writing songs, we try not to write what everybody’s writing about, tired melodies or things you’ve already heard a thousand times.”

Sitting down with Stone and Osmunson for our interview, they are complete polar opposites. Formally one-half of the duo Bomshel, she is a fiddle-playing vegan and yogi from Idaho who co-wrote Joey + Rory’s break out hit “Cheater, Cheater.”

A No. 1 hit-maker behind Lee Brice’s “A Woman Like You,” Stone is an Oregon native who would rather be outside hunting or in a recording studio working than be caught dead in any yoga class. But they complement each other as storytellers and entertainers in that they share a common goal to make compelling music that is authentic to today’s human experience.

“I think music is spirit in sound,” Osmunson says. “You realize what it does to cultures and what it does universally. It’s the one language that everybody speaks.”

“Music totally consumes me,” Stone adds. “I’ve learned to love performing, and singing together. But she’s such a natural entertainer, and it’s not natural for me. It’s natural for me to work out a song or work out a production on a record.”

The music throughout their 12-song debut AY is filled with refreshing dynamics and each song is painstakingly crafted to stand out in the current market. The duo touches on love in the lead single “Love Is War,” “Party in the Dark,” the soulful “Slow Ride,” “Better On You,” the closer “Something to You” and “Eighteen” featuring Brice.

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