Stephen Wilson Jr. Honors His Late Father With Impressive Debut Album, “Søn Of Dad”

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Stephen Wilson Jr.

The highly anticipated debut album from Stephen Wilson Jr., Søn Of Dad, is here.

The Indiana native has drawn in listeners with his eclectic southern rock, grunge, and indie sound. He has often been referred to as the Death Cab for Cutie of country music with his emotionally charged lyrics that make listeners feel emotion from deep within.

After the release of his stellar EP, Bon Aquafans have patiently awaited the following work from Wilson Jr.

Wilson did not disappoint, releasing a 22-track double debut album heavily inspired by the man who raised him, his late father.

“Writing and making this album has been very therapeutic for me to learn who I am and what my existence looks like after my father.

Because life has to go on.

I’m living my own life, but it’s like his death bookended what life he should have had onto mine, and I’m carrying it around like a train car.”

Each track on the album is laced with meaningful lyrics that highlight parts of Wilson Jr.’s childhood, upbringing, relationships, and healing process. Stephen Wilson Jr.’s father was a boxer and trained Wilson Jr. from the age of five in the ring. His background is wildly diverse, from boxing to obtaining a microbiology degree and now songwriting; you can see his unique perspective on life through his lively lyrics.

Everything that went into this album curated with Benjamin West is intentional, even the release date– the fifth anniversary of losing his father’s death.

While losing any parent is hard, Wilson Jr. can be sure his Dad is looking upon him, beaming, listening to each track on Søn Of Dad.

The poetic tale of an album will have you rocking out from “Holler From The Holler” and previously released single “Mighty Beast” to holding back tears on “Grief Is Only Love,” “Father’s Søn,” and “Henry.”

This is a masterpiece of an album.

Here’s a few early favorites:

“Holler From The Holler”

“Grief Is Only Love”

“For What It’s Worth”



“Mighty Beast”

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A beer bottle on a dock