JOSHUA HEDLEY’S “MY OPRY DEBUT” EPISODE PREMIERES

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DEBUT ALBUM MR. JUKEBOX OUT NOW

HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED

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

Joshua Hedley  is the subject of the latest “My Opry Debut” episode (watch/share HERE). Chronicling Hedley’s preparation and experience debuting at the legendary Grand Ole Opry, the video includes exclusive performance footage of “I Never (Shed A Tear)” plus scenes of Old Crow Medicine Show’s Cory Younts surprising Hedley with the Opry invitation during a live interview at WSM Radio. The full performance of “I Never (Shed A Tear),” filmed at Nashville’s Fond Object, premiered earlier at Rolling Stone Country, who proclaims, “The vocalist offers a pristine delivery, reinforcing his reputation as one of country’s new crop of must-hear live performers.”

Hedley’s Opry debut coincides with the release of his critically acclaimed album, Mr. Jukebox. Out now on Third Man Records (stream/purchase HERE), the full-length debut 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.”–NPR Music

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“Mr. Jukebox, his Third Man Records debut, showcases the pristine voice for which Hedley initially came to be known, with lush, even ornate arrangements that recall the sounds employed by Hedley's influences, like Ernest Tubb and Eddy Arnold.”
“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.” –Rolling Stone

“…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.” –Paste

“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.” –American Songwriter

“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.” –The Tennessean

“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.” –Nashville Scene

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

“…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.” –Brooklyn Vegan

“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.” –The Bluegrass Situation

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“Hedley has proved he’s more than an interpreter of songs. Mr. Jukebox so encapsulates the spirit of classic country it would sound right at home in, well, a jukebox, spinning right next to Hedley’s heroes.” –Wide Open Country


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. 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.”

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.

For more information, please contact Asha Goodman, Nick Mallchok, Catherine Snead 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.

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


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

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