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With the release of his highly anticipated debut album Mr. Jukebox via Third Man Records, Joshua Hedley will embrace the role he was born to play: this generation’s classic country champion.

An accomplished fiddle player, Hedley felt inexplicably drawn toward the instrument as a child. He got his hands on his own fiddle at age 8, and by 12, he was playing with middle-aged pickers at the VFW. At 19, he moved from his native Florida to Nashville, where he became an in-demand sideman at Robert’s Western World and other bars, and ultimately, a well-respected frontman. Armed with an easy croon and prodigious fiddle playing, he became known as the Mayor of Lower Broad. He hit the road to perform with artists including Jonny Fritz, Justin Townes Earle, and more, while the 2015 documentary Heartworn Highways Revisited featured Hedley prominently.

Hedley didn’t start writing his own songs until he was about 28 years-old. So on the backend of his 20s, he finally started writing, eventually unlocking a flood of clarity and creativity. The heartbreaking, distilled, defiantly classic country that poured out of him became Mr. Jukebox, a salve and beacon for 60s honky-tonk devotees everywhere.

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.”

When asked what he hopes listeners get out of Mr. Jukebox, Hedley doesn’t hesitate. “I just want people to remember they have feelings, and that they’re valid,” he says. “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.”
Featuring the single(s)
"Mr. Jukebox" & "I Never (Shed a Tear)" from Mr. Jukebox (Third Man Records) out April 20th
Publisher: Ribbon Music / Morgan Lebus

Label: Third Man Records / Ben Swank
"Hedley and his band make no apologies for adhering to a Sixties country aesthetic, nor do they attempt to treat this as anything other than just another gig on a long road. But that’s their appeal: a working band delivering the goods night after night."
- Rolling Stone: 10 Best Things We Saw at Pickathon

"Joshua Hedley’s ‘Let’s Take a Vacation’ Is the Song of the Summer"
- Rolling Stone (2018)

"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

Read the Rolling Stone feature: Why Joshua Hedley is Country Music's New King of Broken Hearts: "With his debut album Mr. Jukebox, the Nashville honky-tonk lifer makes sad songs cool again."

Hedley performed at Nashville's storied Grand Ole Opry on 4/20 to celebrate the release of Mr. Jukebox!

"Sounding like a hybrid of Hank Snow and Jim Reeves, 'I Never (Shed a Tear)' is steeped in country-crooner tradition, fresh and invigorating yet heartbreakingly earnest."
- Rolling Stone

"Mr. Jukebox" single / video out now via NPR Songs We Love

"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." - NPR

"Hedley's got a voice that could sing the phonebook and make it sound like a Sixties gem straight from Billy Sherrill's lost 1960s archives." - Rolling Stone

"The title track is a nugget of meta-honky-tonk gold..." - Nashville Scene

Named to Rolling Stone's 30 Most Anticipated Country Albums of 2018

Jack White's Third Man Records Signs Joshua Hedley

Watch the video for "Mr. Jukebox" here

Watch the Luck Mansion Session here

After a standing ovation at Newport Folk Festival 2017, Joshua will be performing at this year's Stagecoach, Pickathon, Hinterland, and Pilgrimage festivals

Jul 26 || Oakleigh, AUS || Caravan Music Club
Aug 3-4 || Saint Charles, IA || Hinterland
Aug 3-5 || Happy Valley, OR || Pickathon
Sep 12 || St Louis, MO || Off Broadway
Sep 14 || Indianapolis, IN || Duke's Indy
Sep 15 || Detroit, MI || Third Man Records - Cass Corridor
Sep 16 || Toronto, ON || The Drake Hotel
Sep 18 || Cambridge, MA || The Sinclair
Sep 19 || Philadelphia, PA || Johnny Brenda's
Sep 20 || Brooklyn, NY || Rough Trade NYC
Sep 21 || Washington DC || Union Stage
Sep 22 || Knoxville, TN || The Open Chord
Sep 22-23 || Franklin, TN || Pilgrimage Festival
Sep 26 || Atlanta, GA || The Earl
Sep 28 || Carrboro, NC || Cat's Cradle Back Room
Sep 29 || Asheville, NC || Grey Eagle
Oct 16 || Kansas City, MO || Knuckleheads
Oct 18 || Fort Collins, CO || Fort Collins Armory
Oct 19 || Denver, CO || Globe Hall
Oct 20 || Salt Lake City, UT || The State Room
Oct 22 || Vancouver, BC || Fox Cabaret
Oct 23 || Seattle, WA || Tractor Tavern
Oct 26 || San Francisco, CA || The Chapel
Nov 1 || Dallas, TX || Kessler Theater
Nov 3 || Houston, TX || The Heights Theater
Nov 4 || Mobile, AL || Callaghan's Irish Social Club