AMERICAN YOUNG: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

AMERICAN YOUNG: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Individually, Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson can claim songwriting credits for Lee Brice, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton and more hitmakers. Stone performed as a solo act and produced as well. Osmunson was the sizzling fiddle player of the duo Bomshel.

Working together as American Young, in Stone’s words, they “represent a sound with no boundaries. We are squarely focused on delivering our own brand of music and hope that folks will find our songs everything from haunting to dramatic and intense.”

It only took one time of casually playing together for the pair to feel the evident chemistry. Still, Stone needed some reassurance. “We recorded some guitar vocals, and I called (producer) Paul Worley and I said, ‘I’ve got to play you something,’” he remembered. “I played him these songs and I said, ‘I have to do this, don’t I?’ And he said, ‘You have to do this.’”

Photo: Reid Rolls

Photo: Reid Rolls

“I’ve waited my whole life to find someone I could play with like that,” added Osmunson. “That’s really all we do. The stage is our sandbox and we bring different toys and make things.”

The admiration is mutual. “I realized today that if she hadn’t found me, I would have never gotten to live my dream of being a singer,” said Stone. “And if I hadn’t found her, she would have never realized and found who she is.”

Curb Records releases their debut EP digitally on June 24.

Website: www.AmericanYoung.com

Twitter: @American_Young

Who is your musical hero?

STONE “I’m gonna interpret that as a hero that is musical, so I’m gonna say Tuff Hedeman. I think he kinda plays guitar.”

OSMUNSON: “Charlie Daniels. C.h.a.r.l.i.e. D.a.n.i.e.l.s. CHARLIE DANIELS!”

What song do you secretly want to cover?

STONE: “Secretly? Hmmm … ‘Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)’ by Mötley Crüe.”

OSMUNSON: “‘My Milkshake Brings All the Boys to the Yard’ (by Kelis).”

What book is on your nightstand?

STONE: “Touring for Dummies.”

OSMUNSON: “The Do’s and Don’ts of Twerking.”

What do you sing in the shower?

STONE: “The shower is my quiet time.”

OSMUNSON: “‘I’m gonna pop some tags, only got 20 dollars in my pocket …’.”

What is your pet peeve?

STONE: “I don’t have a pet. I travel too much.”

OSMUNSON: “Jon.”

What song do you wish you had written?

STONE: “Anything on Garth Brooks’ ‘hits’ album.”

OSMUNSON: “’Love Is War’.”

What mode of transportation do you prefer?

STONE: “Teleportation/anything besides the back of a cop car.”

OSMUNSON: “Horse.”

What actor would portray you in a biopic about your life?

STONE: “Brad Pitt, Redd Foxx, Ben Stein and Wayne Brady, to cover all my personalities.”

OSMUNSON: “Will Ferrell.”

What moment in your life would you like to relive?

STONE: “The day I pulled into Nashville. I was so ignorant, it was bliss.”

OSMUNSON: “Now … wait … now … wait … now … wait … now … wait ……. now.”

What would the title of your autobiography be?

STONE: “Confusion Gets You Far in Life.”

OSMUNSON: “Eat Dessert First.”

When they look back on your life 50 years from now, what do you hope people say?

STONE: “He looks good for 85.”

OSMUNSON: “Depends.”

If you weren’t a musical artist, what would you be?

STONE: “President of the Miley Cyrus Fan Club.”

OSMUNSON: “Homeless.”

What was your first gig? How did it go?

STONE: “A high school assembly. It really sucked.”

OSMUNSON: “Playing at church … Wait, do you mean a paid gig? That would be at Rico’s Public House in Pullman, Washington. I lied about my age and played a four-hour set for $40. I thought I had died and won the lottery.”

What are your greatest short- and long-term challenges?

STONE: “Short term: showering. Long term: world domination.”

OSMUNSON: “Short term: Jon Long term: world peace.”

Photo: Reid Rolls

Photo: Reid Rolls