Larry Jon Wilson was born in 1940 in Swainsboro, Georgia. He majored in chemistry at the University of Georgia, and worked for ten years for a fibreglass manufacturer in South Carolina. He didn't actually take up guitar until he was thirty years old, but in 1974 he quit his job to pursue music full time. He was signed to Monument Records, and his debut album came out in 1975. New Beginnings introduced his own distinctive form of country music, together with some top notch songwriting, and he was quickly embraced as part of the Outlaw Country movement of the time. His sound was raw and gritty, combining evocative story-songs with some seriously funky Southern grooves, all tied together with his deep, characterful voice. Instrumental backing on the album came from guitarists Reggie Young and Johnny Christopher, bassist Tommy Cogbill, keyboard player Bobby Woods and drummer Hayward Bishop (the five of them being Memphis musicians relocated to Nashville, having originally been the house band at Chips Moman's American Sound Studio). It yielded no hits and did not sell in large quantities, but it did earn him many fans, several other better-known songwriters among them.
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