American Young are a country duo formed of Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson. Above you can watch the official video for ‘Be Here’, the fantastic opening track to their debut album ‘AY’. The duo have a worldwide fan base, and are much loved here in the UK, meaning the announcement that they would be playing at C2C was met with real delight on social media.
The aims, dreams and story of American Young can be summed up by following fascinating passage on their website:
American Young isn’t content with their audience being passive listeners to their music. They want them to feel it in their soul. That’s the sign of two artists so impassioned, so eaten up with making music that they can’t help but do it.
Of course, Jon wouldn’t readily admit that at first. “My life was going so well and I was peaceful….and then she came up to me.” Kristy asked, “’What are you doing with the artist thing?’ And I was like, ‘It’s always been the dream, but I’m so busy producing and writing songs. I’ve always had a passion for entertaining an audience, but I was at a point where I questioned whether it was apart of God’s plan for me, and I felt like I had no choice, but to be at peace with that or it was going to wreck my life.” At peace until Kristy’s genuine interest and persistence gave him pause to reconsider and then try again.
It only took one time of casually playing together for the pair to feel the evident chemistry and realize they were embarking on something very special. And that they had a sound so singularly unique that it is the stuff that musical trends are born from. Still, Jon turned to producer Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum). “We recorded some guitar vocals, and I called Paul Worley and I said, ‘I’ve got to play you something,’” remembers Jon. “I played him these songs and I said, ‘I have to do this, don’t I?’ And he said, ‘You have to do this. You have to do this.’”
American Young will be playing the Town Square Stage and the Big Entrance stage on Sunday.