Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon Is a Real Family Man
“Being a parent is hard, period, being the time we’re in now,” Sevendust vocalist Lajon Witherspoon tells Noisecreep. “I have a 10-year-old and a 19-month-old daughter. I love being daddy. It’s hard being away from home and missing out on seeing things you probably should be seeing. We make up for it when we get home.”
For a lot of musicians, the road is a first love. For Witherspoon, family comes first and everything he does with Sevendust is with his family’s best interest in mind, saying, “At the end of it all, I have to be out here to work to make sure I keep them safe in a house, a home. And daddy’s just lucky he got blessed to be in a band that’s done well.”
For Witherspoon, being a father and husband adds to the family vibe of a Sevendust show. The singer is from Nashville, and he says his homecoming shows really are a true family reunion, with aunts and uncles in attendance. Even Witherspoon’s grandmother gets in on the metal action.
“She weirds me out sometimes. She stands right near the speakers, rocking out. Security is like, ‘Stand back, it’s grandma, take it easy!’” laughs Witherspoon.
Maybe all the family bonding and parenting has mellowed the Sevendust frontman a little. These days, even he thinks mosh pits tend to get a little too violent. He said, “As I get older, I’m like, ‘Take it easy!’ You know, you don’t have to kill each other. Walk in a circle, don’t knock people down. We’re all there to have a good time.”