Joshua Hedley featured on Walking the Floor podcast; on tour now; "Mr. Jukebox" out to critical acclaim

June 12, 2018

“JOSHUA HEDLEY'S FLAWLESS VIBRATO
AND ENCYCLOPEDIC
KNOWLEDGE OF
COUNTRY MUSIC MAKE
FOR A STARTLING INTRODUCTION ON HIS DEBUT ALBUM.”

In support of the album, Hedley will tour internationally throughout 2018 including headline shows at Philadelphia’s Johnny Brenda’s, Brooklyn’s Rough Trade, Washington D.C.’s Union Stage, Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, Dallas’s Kessler Theater and Los Angeles’ Moroccan Lounge among many others. In addition to the headline dates, Hedley will also join Old Crow Medicine Show on a series of dates this summer. Tickets are on-sale now. See below for full tour details.

Last month, Hedley was featured on WXPN’s “World Café” (listen HERE). Hosted by NPR’s Ann Powers, the performance and interview were recorded live from Nashville’s Sound Stage Studios and features songs from Hedley’s Mr, Jukebox. Of the set, World Café declares, “His trademark tenor emerged clean, warm, and on point, rounding out each note beautifully within his classic country songs…Hedley infuses his classic arrangements with deep personal feeling; his songs feel likes confidences, not costume dramas.”

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Jamie Goodsell   

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 2015 documentary, Heartworn Highways Revisited.

 

MR. JUKEBOX TRACK LIST

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  

 

JOSHUA HEDLEY CONFIRMED TOUR DATES

 

June 23—Huntsville, AL—Tangled String Music Festival 2018
June 24—Lexington, KY—The Burl

June 25—Grand Rapids, MI—Frederik Meijer Gardens*

June 27—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall*

June 28—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall*
June 29—St. Paul, MN—Palace Theatre

June 30—Cedar Rapids, IA—Paramount Theatre*
July 14—Christchurch, New Zealand—Blue Smoke
July 15—Auckland, New Zealand—The Tuning Fork

July 19—Newtown, Australia—Leadbelly

July 20—Marrickville, Australia—Marrickville Bowling Club

July 21—Castlemaine, Australia—The Bridge Hotel

July 22—Northcote, Australia—Northcote Social Club

July 26—Oakleigh South, Australia—Caravan Music Club

July 27–29—Broadbeach, QLD, Australia—Groundwater Country Music Festival

August 2–5—Happy Valley, OR—Pickathon 2018 

August 3-4—Indianola, IA—Hinterland Festival 2018

August 31—Oslo, Norway—Café Mono
September 1—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso

September 3—London, UK—The Old Blue Last
September 4—Bristol, UK—The Crofters Rights
September 6—Glasgow, UK—Admiral Bar
September 7—Gateshead, UK—The Sage Gateshead, Hall 2
September 9—Lutterworth, UK—The Long Road Festival

September 12—St. Louis, MO—Off Broadway

September 14—Indianapolis, IN—Duke’s Indy

September 15—Detroit, MI—Third Man Records

September 16—Toronto, ON—The Drake Hotel

September 18—Cambridge, MA—The Sinclair

September 19—Philadelphia, PA—Johnny Brenda’s

September 20—Brooklyn, NY—Rough Trade NYC

September 21—Washington, DC—Union Stage

September 22—Knoxville, TN—The Open Chord

September 23—Franklin, TN—Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

September 26—Atlanta, GA—The Earl

September 28—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle Back Room

September 29—Asheville, NC—Grey Eagle

October 16—Kansas City, MO—Knuckleheads

October 18—Fort Collins, CO—Fort Collins Armory

October 19—Denver, CO—Globe Hall

October 20—Salt Lake City, UT—The State Room

October 22—Vancouver, Canada—Fox Cabaret

October 23—Seattle, WA—Tractor Tavern

October 26—San Francisco, CA—The Chapel

October 27—Los Angeles, CA—Moroccan Lounge

October 29—San Diego, CA—Soda Bar

November 1—Dallas, TX—Kessler Theater
November 2—Austin, TX—Antone’s

November 3—Houston, TX—The Heights Theater

November 4—Mobile, AL—Callaghan’s Irish Social Club  

 

*with Old Crow Medicine Show

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