"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
Rising country star, Joshua Hedley returns for his fourth visit to Aotearoa, his first headline show with full band following the release of his critically acclaimed debut album Mr. Jukebox via Jack White’s Third Man Records.
For years, Joshua Hedley has been making a name for himself as Nashville’s right hand man. Known as the “mayor of lower Broadway” by collaborators and comrades, Hedley is a fixture at Robert’s Western World, where he plays for tips with his band the Hedliners. The multi-talented singer-songwriter has played fiddle with Justin Townes Earle, Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz. Now Music City’s favourite son is breaking out on his own.
As part of East Nashville’s close-knit brigade of musicians, Hedley has no shortage of support from his peers. He’s featured prominently in the 2015 documentary film Heartworn Highways Revisited, a follow up to the seminal 1976 cult classic music documentary about the 1970s Nashville songwriting community led by Guy and Susanna Clark.
Hedley’s soaring, velvet voice and jukebox-ready songs are 60s-era solid country gold. Unlike several of his peers, Hedley’s not trying to put a new spin on an old sound. Joshua Hedley’s country music is your grandfather’s country music and it’s all the better for 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.”
"Hedley is driven by a similar goal: to make music that honors tradition in a personal and heartfelt way." — NPR - 'Songs We Love'
Hedley will also play a show at Christchurch's Blue Smoke on Saturday 14th July.
New Zealand folk artist, Reb Fountain has been announced as opening act for Joshua Hedley's Mr Jukebox tour in both Auckland and Christchurch.