JOSHUA HEDLEY |

FEATURED ON WXPN’S “WORLD CAFÉ” 

PERFORMING SONGS

FROM CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DEBUT ALBUM MR. JUKEBOX

HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED

Joshua Hedley is featured on today’s WXPN “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 acclaimed debut album, 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.”

Mr. Jukebox is out now on Third Man Records (stream/purchase HERE) and continues to receive overwhelming critical praise…


“…while many listeners focus on Hedley’s otherworldly vocals (and who could blame folks, with that flawless vibrato), his lyrics are quietly powerful.” 

“After years playing behind the songs of others, his dream of introducing the world to his own voice has been realized, and beautifully so.”

“Joshua Hedley is a multi-tooled ace: an expert fiddle player, deft songwriter and pristine vocalist. All of those skills are on display on Hedley’s superb debut, which embraces not the tired Outlaw-country trend du jour but the often-minimized Countrypolitan sound of
Music City past.” 

“It’s the juxtaposition of that outsized gruffness with Hedley’s hidden sensitivity that makes the vulnerable, heart-tugging songs of Mr. Jukebox so affecting.”



 “…it’s as pure a country record as any you’ll hear...Mr. Jukebox is proof you can take Hedley out of the country bar, but you’ll never take the country bar out of Hedley.”


 “With a voice as clear as a mountain stream and nine originals that could have been written yesterday or 50 years ago, this music will light up any room. This sound is so authentic and he owns it with such offhanded charm and confidence that it seems like he went to sleep in 1963 and just woke up.”


“The lush strings and background vocals of the Nashville Sound feature prominently on Mr. Jukebox, Hedley’s debut LP for Third Man Records...a must-listen for country music fans.”


“Take even a cursory listen to Mr. Jukebox, though, and you’ll find that Hedley’s a real-deal songwriter...a gifted lyricist with an eye for detail to go with his astoundingly pretty voice.”


 “Hedley owns a distinctive voice that is dynamic, and his melodies are infectious, making his music accessible to anyone with ears.”


“…Joshua Hedley makes classic, tear-in-my-beer country that sounds
like he could’ve come straight from the ’60s era of George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Jim Reeves, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.”


“The magic of Hedley is how universal he makes familiar, gorgeous snaps of ’60s Nashville feel vital and current, not through modernization of the sound itself, but lyrics that stay relevant.” 


“A velvet-voiced crooner and incredible songwriter, Hedley has delivered a stunning classic country record that calls back to the heyday of Jim Reeves and Ray Price while still sounding as fresh as anything coming from Music Row. There’s no wrong choice here, but the stunning steel guitar and string-laden ‘Don’t Waste Your Tears’ is a standout on an album full of gems.”

In support of the album, Hedley will tour 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.

 

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

 

May 25—Austin, TX—Hot Luck Festival 2018

June 7—Little Rock, AR—Clinton Presidential Lawn*

June 8—Tunica, MS—Bluesville, Horseshoe Casino*

June 23—Huntsville, AL—Tangles String Music Festival 2018

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

June 27—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall*

June 28—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall*

June 30—Cedar Rapids, IA—Paramount Theatre*

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

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

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

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 3—Houston, TX—The Heights

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

*with Old Crow Medicine Show

www.joshuahedley.com

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