Alabama Song: A Q&A With Jon Black

We first met up with Jon Black at the Hangout Festival last year, after he filled in for Jerry Jeff Walker at the last minute on one of the main stages. Since then, the Birmingham musician has been a busy man, having self-released three EPs in less than a year. Black's songs have also appeared on prime-time TV shows like 90210 and The United States of Tara. He's currently at work on his full-length debut for Dualtone Records, which is set for release later this year. Check out his backstage performance of "My Love Is With You All The Time" below, from his EP The Wrecking Ball. You played the inaugural Hangout Festival last year. Does it seem like a bigger beast this year. It’s way bigger. People know about it now. It’s not a hidden gem, it's not a hidden secret. The lead up to it was a lot more involved on my end, from a production [standpoint]. This is a full-on force now, but it’s great. I’m excited to be here. How long have you been rehearsing for this gig, and when did you find out you were playing Hangout. [I found out] just right before they did the initial release, I think at the beginning of the year. We’ve been rehearsing probably for the past month. We have a lot of different variations. Some people live in Nashville, and some people live [in Birmingham]. I’ll go up to Nashville and play shows with this guy. So it’s kind of like sending tapes back and forth. So about a month. Sign In to Keep Reading

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