Jon Dawson was born on December 7, 1971 in Des Moines, Iowa to James and Linda Dawson. He was the last of three children. His father is a minister in the Church of the Nazarene. His mother worked in the public school system after moving to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in 1972. He graduated from Broken Arrow Senior High School, having participated in band and orchestra which served as his early musical training. After high school, he attended Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma where he majored in Religion. Problems with alcohol eventually caused him to be admitted to drug and alcohol treatment after his freshman year. He returned briefly for his sophomore year, but left after the first semester due to continued problems with alcohol. From school, he began working in bars and nightclubs as a bartender while rekindling his passion for songwriting. He also earned a living working for a beer company and a cola company. During this time he married and divorced his first wife, giving birth to his only son. Also during this time, his continued struggles with alcohol and depression began taking their toll on every facet of his life. Growing up a preacher's kid, early influences included the gospel sound of the Gaither's and the Slaughter Family. Bluegrass played a pretty significant part as an early influence as well. He was also introduced to Chuck Berry, Fats Domino at an early age. His later influences included Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen. Along with guitarist Marco Tello, Jon formed The Benders in 1998 as an acoustic duo. After a few months of gigging in and around Oklahoma City, they soon added bassist Kendall James and Coexist drummer Richard Avants. Drawing decently around Oklahoma for about a year, The Benders began expanding their sights on their first album. They began recording their self-produced debut album in local studio, The Platinum Factory in early 1999. Fueled mostly by songs Jon had written over the previous decade, the album began to take shape. They hit a couple snags along the way. One of which was the termination of Kendall James and Richard Avants who resumed his role as the drummer for Coexist. The second snag was the band's name. After becoming aware of another band in the region with the same name, the decision was made to change the name to The Suburbillies after Jon's description of himself as a suburban hillbilly. Before the album's release, Joel Melton formerly of The Panhandlers and Uncle Joey and the Mud Puppies was added with the idea of having two stellar guitar players and three part harmony. When The Suburbillies released Sub-Bourbon in February of 2000, the line-up included bassist Steve Wheeler and drummer Dean Brown, both from the Mud Puppies. With the new line-up and the release of the new album, the band's popularity began to grow rapidly, though it was short lived. Creative differences between Jon and Joel surfaced which led to their eventual parting of ways. With the departure of Melton, bassist Steve Wheeler returned to the Mud Puppies. Dean Brown eventually left the band for professional reasons. Kendall James returned on bass and John Braswell was hired on as the drummer. The band played some shows in Arkansas, Texas as well as Oklahoma but the ever-changing cast of players was taking a toll on the bands performance quality. Jon and Marco began working on a second studio album and hired Terry Spears, formerly of Electric Peacock, on keyboards for a fuller sound. During the recording of their second studio project, disagreements between Marco and Jon resurfaced and led to a parting of the founding members. The Suburbillies continued on for a while without Jon in the lead, eventually disbanding. Marco and Terry headed out to Los Angeles to work with Rachel Stacey in Tishara & the Earthtones. With the help of Richard Garrett, Jon began recording a solo project at his own South Youngs Studios. In 2004, The Dream was released with little fanfare, though early reviews indicated that the songs were more soulful and a better representation of Jon's spirit. By the end of 2004, alcoholism had again gripped Jon, which led to a mental breakdown of sorts. He began cancelling shows and eventually stopped working in music all together. Sometime around 2005, he suffered a torn tendon in his right arm which put an end to his guitar playing for a period of years. In October of 2006, Jon began another run at sobriety. While not immediately returning to music, he did begin working on getting his guitar chops back. Though sober, his second marriage could not recover. Living on his own again, for the first time in over a decade, he began gathering up his writing sheets for a possible 3rd album. Big Jack was born on May 1st, 2011 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Long Live Rock And Roll!