Beautiful Sadness: Jedd Hughes – “Animal Eyes”

Jedd Hughes

“Animal Eyes”

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Jedd Hughes has one of the most plaintive voices I have ever heard.  When he sings, he sounds like he’s singing through the tears of a broken heart.  It is amazing how much emotion he delivers with just his voice (oh, and you should hear his version of Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay”).  Hughes, coming from Quorn, Australia, knew from the age of 8 he wanted to write and sing his own music.  I am so glad that he did so.  His music is some of the best of Americana.  At times, he reminds me of Victor Krummenacher, which is a very good thing.  As his bio (from Billboard) states:

Riddled with dramatic string arrangements, thick tremolo guitar, and pulsating drums, “Animal Eyes” is a glimpse into Hughes’s personal reflection of darker times in his past, written over the course of six weeks in a dimly lit spare bedroom. “The idea came from a phone conversation with Rodney Crowell when he asked what I was up to, I said, ‘Crawling out of the morning.’ There’s a song, he said.” Billboard notes that the “stirring” lead single features “Hughes’ whispered vocals alongside haunting string accompaniment and seductive electric guitar parts while he sings about trying to find himself.”

It is so rare when the orchestration backs up a voice as well as the strings on this cut.  I am so impressed with Jedd Hughes.  I believe he might be the best “Country” artist out there.  He is on tour this summer.  Catch him (oh, and bring your tissues)

See Jedd Hughes On Tour with Vince Gill:
August 7 – Knoxville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
August 8 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theater
August 9 – Hiawassee, GA – Anderson Music Hall
August 10 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Concert Hall
August 14 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
August 15 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre At the Midland
August 16 – Thackerville, OK – WinStar World Casino and Resort
August 17 – Tulsa, OK – Margaritaville Casino
August 21 – Interlochen, MI – Kresge Auditorium
August 22 – Fort Wayne, IN – Foellinger Theatre
August 23 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights
August 24 – Nashville, IN – Maple Leaf PAC
September 12 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
September 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
September 14 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
September 15 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
October 9 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre
October 10 – Portland, ME – Merrill Auditorium
October 11 – Providence, RI – The Vets
October 12 – Baltimore, MD – The Lyric Opera House
October 17 – Springfield, MO – Hammons Hall
October 18 – Ames, IA – Stephens Auditorium
October 19 – Green Bay, WI – Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
October 20 – Springfield, IL – Sangamon Auditorium
October 24 – Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace Theatre
October 25 – Toledo, OH – Stranahan Theater & Great Hall
October 26 – Erie, PA – Warner Theatre
October 27 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Center
November 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center for the Performing Center
November 2 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center
November 3 – Concord, NH – Capital Center

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