With a true respect and appreciation for the giant footprints of his forebears, Nashville-based Jordan Hull has ambitious goals that all point towards filling those shoes in his own fashion. Seldom do you find a 22 year old who traces his musical lineage to the great master Son House. “I learned about Bob Dylan; that lead me to investigate Woody Guthrie, then Leadbelly, then Son House,” he says of his personal musical exploration. “When I was three or four, I was obsessed with Elvis,” says the Dayton, Ohio native. “I would do impressions, collect anything about Elvis I could get my hands on. My grandma bought me a low-end Harmony acoustic and, though I never learned to play it until years later, I’d still beat the hell out of that thing, screaming ‘You ain't nothin' but a hound dog’.”
His initial willingness to belt out Elvis tunes notwithstanding, music wasn’t Jordan’s first love growing up. “Even though I heard my father playing records by guys like Van Morrison and Neil Young, I always thought I would be writing books when I grew up. I didn't get into music until I landed in my rebellious teens. I spent so much time grounded in my room during high school, music was the salvation. Songs help you through any pains, the pains of growing up, in my case. I had the blues real bad most of my growing up.” Unlike most kids who are feeling the blues of adolescence and teen rebelliousness, Jordan applied himself to learning and studying the traditions and immersed himself in the art of those who came before him. A voracious student of everyone from Leadbelly to Led Zeppelin, Kerouac to Cormac McCarthy, Pablo Picasso to Paul Klee, Jordan-- despite his youth and relative inexperience-- has sought to understand the elemental truths that underscore the work of the masters and transparently integrate those precepts into his own compositions.
Of his own desire to take his place in the pantheon of musical stars, Jordan is circumspect, describing himself as part of a lost generation. At once a “zoot-suiter, a hippie, a punk, a grunge-ster, a hipster...all those things before the words for them got spoiled." On the other hand, “They are the giants, the spirit teachers, the Paul Bunyans, the Babe Ruths,” he says to describe the Dylans and Son Houses. “They are the golden ring that you reach for but will never catch. For a while you'll be upset at this realization, but then you learn. You learn to be yourself in the moment. That’s all they ever did. My goal is to be myself in light of everything out there that tells me otherwise. Mostly, I'm just Jordan." "genius is just being yourself. Being yourself in light of everything out there that will tell you otherwise. Mostly, I'm just Jordan."