New Release & Video: Joshua Hedley – Mr. Jukebox

Mr. Jukebox, the debut album from Joshua Hedley, will be released April 20th on Jack White’s Third Man Records

What’s more, the title-track has been unveiled, along with accompanying video…

Produced by Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson, 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

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”

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 wish

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

Joshua 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 was featured prominently in the 2015 documentary, Heartworn Highways Revisited

Hedley will tour throughout 2018 in support of the record, including stops at SXSW and a date at London’s The Waiting Room on April 12th

Dates below…

14 MARCH-17 MARCH – SXSW, Austin
12 APRIL – The Waiting Room, London
18 APRIL – Union Pool, Brooklyn
21 APRIL-22 APRIL – High Water Festival, North Charleston
24 APRIL – The Basement East, East Nashville
27 APRIL – Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Indio
30 APRIL – The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
1 MAY – The Hi Hat, Los Angeles
3 MAY – S.P.A.C.E., Evanston
4 MAY – First Avenue and 7th St Entry, Minneapolis
5 MAY – The Racoon Motel Davenport
3 AUGUST-5 AUGUST – Pickathon, Happy Valley