Interview: Jacob Woods & The Man Behind The Music
Augusta born rocker Jacob Woods is a walking Country Music song.
Our team sat down with Jacob while on tour in Athens GA to learn a little bit more about the man behind smash hit single “Hometown Heartache”.
Jacob Woods, 22, graduates from the University of Georgia this May. Pursuing a degree in Biology, Jacob has had his hands full juggling his studies and a promising music career.
We caught up with Jacob during his latest tour stop in Athens, GA where he opened up for Texas based American rocker Parker McCollum. The sold out show was Jacob’s first time playing the historic Georgia Theatre.
Stone: Jacob, your single “Hometown Heartache” reached almost 100k streams on Spotify in a month. What was that like?
Woods: Absolutely crazy man. I am just blessed beyond belief at how many people have supported me so far. It’s been a whirlwind for sure. Ya’ll might laugh but I had to save up for months to get the cash I needed to go to Nashville and get that studio time. Everything just felt right on it. I guess Spotify agrees!
Stone: We’re here in Athens GA and you’re opening at the historic Georgia Theatre tonight. You graduate from UGA in May. Walk us through the emotions of being a student here and getting to play this incredible venue.
Woods: Man I can’t even put into words how much this means to me. When Spire contacted me about opening up for Parker here…. I just couldn’t believe it. It’s a dream come true.
Stone: Talk to us about what country music means to you.
Woods: Country music to me is a story telling type of music. It just connects to the way I was brought up and the way I was raised. My brothers and I grew up hunting and fishing with my grandpa. We’ve always listened to country music. Heck it’s just always been ingrained in me I guess. Country music is unique in that it truly connects emotionally with the listener. A good country song can make you laugh, cry, scream, shout, whatever. It don’t matter.
Stone: Did you start off playing country music?
Woods: Throughout my life I’ve played all genres of music. Everything from John Mayer to Mumford & Sons, punk rock in middle school. But country is just what I’ve always came back to. Whether it’s driving in my car, studying, hanging out having a beer with friends… I love all types of music.
Stone: Thoughts on old country vs new country?
Woods: I think folks get too caught up in that. I’m not one to say old country is the GOAT and new country is “pop” or trash or anything like that. I’m in the boat of music is always evolving all the time and I listen to all of it. Whether it’s pop country, Luke Bryan, George Strait, Alan or Hank - it’s all gold to me.
Stone: How would you describe your style of play?
Woods: That’s hard to say man. All the kinds of music I’ve listened to in my life affect what I’m doing now. I loved John Mayer and rap in middle school. If you listen to “Hometown Heartache” the way it hits in the chorus is much like a late 90’s or early 2000’s rock songs. I grew up listing to Matchbox Twenty, Relient K, Switchfoot, Fall Out Boy, Blink 182. All of it. Love my 90’s and 2000’s.
Stone: Awesome, awesome. Who are some of your musical influences?
Woods: Shoot… Country music artists I’d definitely say Eli Young Band, Sam Hunt, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Joe Nichols, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan. Morgan Wallen - I listen to that guy every day.
Stone: Okay, who’s your favorite up and coming artist?
Woods: Mike Ryan. No question. Texas country guy. He sings this song called “Other side of the Radio” and I can’t get enough of it. It’s about him and this girl who it seems like he’s experiencing some distance with because he’s out on the road. Basically the whole concept is I’ll always be here I’m just on the on the other side of the radio. I feel that. His songs and melodies are very well done. They’re just the kind of songs you can play in your radio and sing and never get tired of. He’s gonna be huge you wait and see.
Stone: Who are some non country artists that have influenced you?
Woods: Well like I said earlier, always been a huge fan of John Mayer. Pretty much my idol when I was a kid. Apart from Mayer, Jason Isbell is by far my biggest musical influence. He writes in a way that is true to himself. His lyrics are nothing short of perfection. He just writes in a way that really makes me connect and understand what he’s talking about. I want to do that same thing for people. Alot of Jason’s songs are pretty heavy. He writes about stuff going on in the world today and what not. Pretty serious stuff. I want to connect and be authentic like him but I want to do it in a light hearted fun way. Kind of like Luke Combs is doing. He’s a master at that.
Stone: Alright last question, who’s on your recent Spotify plays?
Woods: Cody Johnson is all over that right now. Big fan of his tune “With You I Am”. Think I got some Jason Isbell and Luke Combs in here as well. I’ve been bumping “Kiss my Country ass” by Blake Shelton as well.