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

An accomplished fiddle player, Hedley felt inexplicably drawn toward the instrument as a child. He got his hands on hisown fiddle at age 8, and by 12, he was playing with middle-aged pickers at the VFW. At 19, he moved from his nativeFlorida to Nashville, where he became an in-demand sideman at Roberts 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 ofLower Broad. He hit the road to perform with artists including Jonny Fritz, Justin Townes Earle, and more, while the 2015documentary Heartworn Highways Revisited featured Hedley prominently.

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

An accomplished fiddle player, Hedley felt inexplicably drawn toward the instrument as a child. He got his hands on hisown fiddle at age 8, and by 12, he was playing with middle-aged pickers at the VFW. At 19, he moved from his nativeFlorida to Nashville, where he became an in-demand sideman at Roberts 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 ofLower Broad. He hit the road to perform with artists including Jonny Fritz, Justin Townes Earle, and more, while the 2015documentary Heartworn Highways Revisited featured Hedley prominently.

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

An accomplished fiddle player, Hedley felt inexplicably drawn toward the instrument as a child. He got his hands on hisown fiddle at age 8, and by 12, he was playing with middle-aged pickers at the VFW. At 19, he moved from his nativeFlorida to Nashville, where he became an in-demand sideman at Roberts 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 ofLower Broad. He hit the road to perform with artists including Jonny Fritz, Justin Townes Earle, and more, while the 2015documentary Heartworn Highways Revisited featured Hedley prominently.

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Hedley didnt start writing his own songs until he was about 28 years-old. So on the backend of his 20s, he finally startedwriting, eventually unlocking a flood of clarity and creativity. The heartbreaking, distilled, defiantly classic country thatpoured 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 collections gloriously tear-jerking territory from the jump. Asoooooohhhs 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 nodto those beloved machines both inanimate and breathing that dependably play a lot of songs for a little money. Itsimpossible to listen to the tune and not smile thinking of Hedleys years logged in cover bands on Nashvilles Lower Broad.Lush strings kick off the sauntering Weird Thought Thinker, which features harmonies that evoke both bass walkdowns andangels. An ace fiddle intro opens Let Them Talk, a carefree ode to being in love and not worrying about who knows it.Lets Take a Vacation pleads for one last lovers getaway to try to remember whats been lost. Hedley delivers a masterfulrecitation over crying steel, soft harmonies, and rich supporting strings. He penned shuffling These Walls about FooBar, abeloved East Nashville dive Hedley lived near before it shut down.

This Time paints a vivid picture of leaving thats both proud and blue. Simple and brilliant, I Never Shed a Tear soundslike a standard, but just like all but one track on Mr. Jukebox, its a Hedley original. Youre trying to say as much as you canin as few words as possible, he says. Trying to convey an emotion to make people feel their own emotions. Hedleys abilityto capture feelings is on spellbinding display in album standout Dont Waste Your Tears, a soaring, gut-punching vocalperformance. The final track is the only cover: a goosebumps-inducing version of When You Wish Upon a Star. Hedleypicked the song to honor his dad, who passed away about three years ago without seeing the record deal, glowing press,and peer admiration Hedleys earned. We spent a lot of Christmases at Disney World, he says. When I was searching fora cover song, it dawned on me that my dad didnt get to see any of this happen, but he always wanted it.

When asked what he hopes listeners get out of Mr. Jukebox, Hedley doesnt hesitate. I just want people to remember theyhave feelings, and that theyre valid, he says. Not everything is Coors Light and tailgates. There are other aspects of life thatarent so great that people experience. Theyre part of life, part of what shapes people. And thats worth noting.

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