JJ Lawhorn defines his own motto of being a Good ol’ Southern Boy. He is an active hunter and fisher. He’s from rural Virginia and lives as though the country songs we know; pick-up trucks, hunting, and family. Lawhorn was raised on his family’s farm, and until recently intended to carry on the family business. JJ said “I had plans to go to Virginia Tech to study agriculture—I thought I was gonna be a farmer for the rest of my life.” Until 2010 when producer Jeremy Stover discovered JJ on YouTube. In no time JJ was signed to EMI publishing in Nashville, and in June 2011, he signed with Average Joe Entertianment who is also home to Colt Ford and Locash Cowboys.
JJ said, “All of my music is about things that I know—whether it’s sitting on a tailgate, driving trucks in mud, huntin’, or fishing. Average, everyday life,” he says. “I want to make music people can relate.” I sure can relate to his music. I don’t live on a farm, although I wish I did. I know life would be way different and I’m willing to experience that. Although, his song Stomping Grounds inspires me to keep chasing my dream of moving to Nashville TN one day.
JJ is a young man and there is so much more to expect from him. JJ is currently working on a solo album of original songs scheduled for release sometime in 2013. I drew a picture of JJ and sent it to him. He responded and loved it! He is as down to earth as they come. His voice is the epotime of country music. He has an original raw country southern voice. Pure country flows from him. He is a fighter and a believer and that’s all it takes to work your way up to the top. A couple weeks ago he posted on facebook a inspirational quote which I remember everyday; ” In the words of Johnny Paycheck: ” To me, an ‘outlaw’ is a man who did things his own way, whether you liked him or not. This would is full of people who want you to do thingd their way, not necessarily the way you want to do it. I did things my way.” ” I got a message for all those folks who doubted me then and for all the ones that still do. Success comes to those who are willing to go the distance for what they want in life: and god shall provide the endurance I need to run this race and achieve my aspirations of being all that I can be.”
Jj is a true inspiration at only eighteen years old. Watch out Country Nation a true Good ol’ Southern Boy is stomping his way into the music scene.