Jon Worthy began in March 2015 after Jon had a bunch of songs that had not been learned by his other musical project, but that he felt needed to come to life through a full band. Without having played a show, Jon put together a band and recorded his 6 song EP, “Unconventional” at The Bomb Shelter in east Nashville with bassist Nick Dibiasio and drummer Grant Bramlett. Eventually, Jon was able to put a band together and start playing some shows around Nashville with bassist Austin Mcfall and drummer Aj Wilder.
The Band played around Nashville for 6 months or so and then started recording their first full length album, “May You Live Happily Ever After”. On their second album, the band was able to capture a lot of the loud to soft moments that they love so much in rock music, especially on the tracks “Like the Wind” and “I do Abide”. The Band released the album in October 2016 with an album release show at The East Room in Nashville. The album has received positive reviews including one from Andrew Westberry of the music blog “No More Division” who had this to say on the album; “Overall, May You Live Happily Ever After is a masterful album, and the stylistic and artistic choices Jon Worthy continuously makes throughout his music is evidence of his natural talent and honed skills that have converged into his spectacular project”.
The group has settled on the lineup of Jon Worthy (Vocals/Guitar), Austin Mcfall (Bassist), and Mike Sanborn (Drums). 2018 saw the release of Jon’s second full-length album Only A Dream. Recorded with Lincoln Parish of Cage the Elephant at his studio in Nashville, TN the album has some unique and wide ranging songs from Jon Worthy. Current political issues as well as finding your own balance in life are the main themes on this album. Skope Magazine had the following to say about the album, “Lyrics have a mellowed poetic quality to them, for his voice delves into a reassuring comforting tenor. Best of all is how these many elements come together: the infectious rhythms, the memorable memories, and the sing-along lyrics”. Jon has already begun recording his follow up to Only A Dream.
If you like the music, do us a favor and share it with your friends and family and come out and watch us play live! We hope you find a connection to the music, and love the emotions certain songs bring out in you as much as we do. Catch the band on the road this summer/fall at one of their many dates coming up across the country including a few festival gigs! JW & the Bends will be totally switching things up this year by releasing a more stripped back acoustic album that was released June 28th!! The album Something’s Gotta Give is more raw and has a laid back feel compared to the bands past albums! Molly Cotham of For Hits and Gigs had this to say about the upcoming album, “JW & the Bends are going to keep rocking out and keep writing songs they feel inspired to write. The band is tight, the songs are fun and meaningful, and their passion is real.” Paulina from Buzz Music had this to say about the album, “This sensational record created by Jon Worthy & The Bends fulfills the meaning of how music intertwines with art”. The band is currently closing out an extensive year of touring with over 100 shows played thus far in 2019 including multiple festival spots at Musikfest 2019, The Rhythm and Brews Fest, and The River Rat Festival! Catch the band on the road in November and December and be on the lookout for new music coming soon!
With peace and grooves,
JW & the Bends