Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Joshua Hedley’s Album MR. JUKEBOX out April 20, Featured Cover Artist in April’s Country Music People

Joshua Hedley’s Album MR. JUKEBOX out April 20
Set To Make Grand Ole Opry Debut on Album Release Day

The country crooner will bring his live show to London's Waiting Room on Thursday 12th April 2018 Tickets £11 Ticketmaster UK

Joshua Hedley is Country Music People’s new hero and graces the April cover.
P10-13 Cover Feature Joshua Hedley This generation’s classic country champion talks to Country Music People Editor Duncan Warwick.

Joshua Hedley graces the front cover of the April 2018 issue of Country Music People. (Barcode:9770591223188 ISSN:05912237).
Joshua Hedley’s album is set to be one of this year’s highlights and a beacon of hope for those who like their country on the traditional side. billed as this generation’s classic country champion, Duncan Warwick meets the honky tonker who became known as ‘the mayor of lower broad’

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Joshua Hedley’s new song “I Never (Shed A Tear)” premiered on March 9 (listen/share HERE).

The song is second track unveiled from Hedley’s highly anticipated debut album Mr. Jukeboxwhich will be released April 20 on Third Man Records and is now available for pre-order.

In celebration of the record, Hedley will make his debut on the Grand Ole Opry on album release day—a lifelong dream for the acclaimed Nashville musician and songwriter. He played a series of performances at SXSW as well as festival stops at High Water Festival, Stagecoach and Pickathon and headline shows at Brooklyn’s Union Pool (April 18), Nashville’s The Basement East (April 24) and L.A.’s The Roxy (April 30) and Hi Hat (May 1). 

Already receiving widespread attention, the title track recently premiered as part of NPR Music’s “Songs We Love” series. Watch/share the song’s official music video here:

Of Hedley, NPR Music’s Ann Powers praises, “When he began writing and singing in a voice sent down by an Eddy Arnold-loving angel, he found that he could use the well-worn tropes of the Nashville Sound in deeply personal, convincing ways” and continues, “The first country artist to sign to Jack White’s Third Man Records since [Margo] Price’s rise to fame, Hedley is driven by a similar goal: to make music that honors tradition in a personal and heartfelt way.”

Produced by Skylar Wilson and Jordan Lehning, the 10-track album features nine original songs as well as a version of “When You Wish Upon A Star.” In addition to Hedley on vocals and fiddle, the album features Eddie Lange on steel guitar/guitar, Jeremy Fetzer from Steelism on guitar/baritone guitar, Michael Rinne on bass, Jon Radford on drums/percussion and Micah Hulscher on piano/organ.
Of the album, Hedley comments, “It’s not a throwback. It sounds new because it is new, and it sounds the way it sounds because it’s the only thing I know how to do. I can’t write a song that sounds different. Classic country is like a suit. Nothing about a men’s suit has changed in like 100 years. Classic never goes out of style. Something can’t be a throwback if it’s never been out of style.” He continues, “I just want people to remember they have feelings, and that they’re valid. Not everything is Coors Light and tailgates. There are other aspects of life that aren’t so great that people experience. They’re part of life, part of what shapes people. And that’s worth noting.”
Hedley will release two exclusive, non-album tracks on April 21 as part of Record Store Day 2018. Pressed on mahogany brown vinyl, the limited edition 7” features “Broken Man” and “Singin’ A New Song.”
Album opener “Counting All My Tears” carves out the collection’s gloriously tear-jerking territory from the jump. As “oooooohhhs” and “aaaaahhhs” serve as spine-tingling harmonies––a classic-country flourish carried throughout Mr. Jukebox––lonely piano is joined by a familiar cast including steel and of course, fiddle. “Mr. Jukebox” is a swinging nod to those beloved machines––both inanimate and breathing––that dependably play a lot of songs for a little money. It’s impossible to listen to the tune and not smile thinking of Hedley’s years logged in cover bands on Nashville’s Lower Broad. Lush strings kick off the sauntering “Weird Thought Thinker,” which features harmonies that evoke both bass walkdowns and angels. An ace fiddle intro opens “Let Them Talk,” a carefree ode to being in love and not worrying about who knows it.
Let’s Take a Vacation” pleads for one last lovers’ getaway to try to remember what’s been lost. Hedley delivers a masterful recitation over crying steel, soft harmonies, and rich supporting strings. He penned shuffling “These Walls” about FooBar, a beloved East Nashville dive Hedley lived near before it shut down.

This Time” paints a vivid picture of leaving that’s both proud and blue. Simple and brilliant, “I Never Shed a Tear” sounds like a standard, but just like all but one track on Mr. Jukebox, it’s a Hedley original. “You’re trying to say as much as you can in as few words as possible,” he says. “Trying to convey an emotion to make people feel their own emotions.” Hedley’s ability to capture feelings is on spellbinding display in album standout “Don’t Waste Your Tears,” a soaring, gut-punching vocal performance. The final track is the only cover: a goosebumps-inducing version of “When You Wish Upon a Star.” Hedley picked the song to honor his dad, who passed away about three years ago without seeing the record deal, glowing press, and peer admiration Hedley’s earned. “We spent a lot of Christmases at Disney World,” he says. “When I was searching for a cover song, it dawned on me that my dad didn’t get to see any of this happen, but he always wanted it.” - Third Man

ALBUM OF THE MONTH 5 STARSIf you only buy one album this year this should be one. You’d be a fool to miss out - Duncan Warwick Country Music People (March 2018 Issue)

Release Date: 20 April 2018
Label: Third Man Records
Copyright: ℗© 2018 Third Man Records LLC.
Genres: Folk
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1.     Counting All My Tears
2.     Mr. Jukebox
3.     Weird Thought Thinker
4.     Let’s Take A Vacation
5.     These Walls
6.     I Never (Shed A Tear)
7.     This Time
8.     Don’t Waste Your Tears
9.     Let Them Talk
10.  When You Wish Upon A Star

Also check out his 2-track Alternative single Luck Mansion Sessions (2017 Third Man Records) with Erin Rae released on Aug 25, 2017 which has a cover of Guy Clark's "My Favorite Picture of You" (iTunes | Spotify)

A Florida native, Hedley felt inexplicably drawn toward the fiddle as a child. He first asked for one at age 3. His mom listened to Neil Diamond and his dad listened to Otis Redding––they didn’t see the request coming––but when he asked again five years later, they were struck by the longing’s staying power and, at 8 years-old, he finally got his hands on his very own instrument. He went on to perform at the local VFW and American Legion and, at 12, joined his first band. His bandmates were in their 40s. Around the same time, Hedley visited Nashville with his parents and immediately knew that he belonged. At 19, he made the move and began sneaking into Robert’s Western World––too young to drink legally and too wild to care. Hedley went on to become a featured performer and in-demand sideman at the now legendary spot and, ultimately, a well-respected frontman. Armed with an easy croon and prodigious fiddle playing, he became known by peers as the Mayor of Lower Broad. In the years since, he’s performed with artists including Jonny Fritz, Justin Townes Earle and more and was featured prominently in the the 2015 documentary, Heartworn Highways Revisited.


UK Date
Thurs 12 April 2018 - The Waiting Room, London (175 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0LH | (Underneath The Three Crowns) £11 Ticketmaster UK

US Dates
April 18—Brooklyn, NY—Union Pool
April 20—Nashville, TN—Grand Ole Opry
April 21–22—Charleston, SC—High Water Festival
April 24—Nashville, TN—The Basement East
April 27—Indio, CA—Stagecoach Festival
April 28—Pioneertown, CA—Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace
April 30—West Hollywood, CA—The Roxy
May 1—Los Angeles, CA—Hi Hat
May 3—Evanston, IL—SPACE
May 4—Minneapolis, MN—7th St Entry
May 5—Davenport, IA—Raccoon Motel
May 25—Austin, TX—Hot Luck Festival 2018
August 2–5—Happy Valley, OR—Pickathon
August 3-4—Indianola, IA—Hinterland Festival 2018

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