JT Hodges

JT Hodges

by JT Hodges
     
 

JT Hodges was born to record albums. Both his parents were musicians, and together they owned and ran a professional recording studio, Buffalo Sound, in Fort Worth, Texas, where Hodges was born and raised. He literally grew up in the studio, and his childhood chores included doing janitorial work at Buffalo Sound, where anyone from MichaelSee more details below

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JT Hodges was born to record albums. Both his parents were musicians, and together they owned and ran a professional recording studio, Buffalo Sound, in Fort Worth, Texas, where Hodges was born and raised. He literally grew up in the studio, and his childhood chores included doing janitorial work at Buffalo Sound, where anyone from Michael Bolton to T-Bone Burnett might be working on a project. Hodges heard and absorbed all types of music up close because of the family business, but he was drawn most to country, and as his self-titled debut album shows, he makes a perfect fit into the high stakes 21st century contemporary country radio sweepstakes. Hodges' version of country doesn't just draw on George Strait et al, but incorporates John Mellencamp-like heartland rock, Eagles-styled guitars, and straight-out electric blues into the mix, making him sound at times like a darker and more desperate version of Keith Urban, say, or maybe Dwight Yoakam's big-hearted but rowdy cousin. Hodges wrote eight of the ten songs here, most in collaboration with veteran writers and producers Mark Collie, Don Cook, and Mark Wright, and the best of them, like the Buddy Holly-esque "Rather Be Wrong Than Lonely," the Spoon River-like "Sleepy Little Town," the let's-treasure-the-moment "Hunt You Down," and the wonderful love ballad "Goodbyes Made You Mine," feature sharply observed detail and engaging narrative drive in the lyrics, and they're well-recorded, with the sound, feel, and tone of contemporary country radio, but with fun little production touches like sudden gospel choruses (and even whistling) mixed in. Some of the songs edge up too close to cliché, but even those have a kind of compelling urgency to them. Hodges sings like an everyman, blue collar, Friday-night honky tonk romantic philosopher, and there's no reason why songs like the above shouldn't get a lot of time on country radio playlists. A nice debut.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2012
Label:
Show Dog Nashville
UPC:
0602527724126
catalogNumber:
001568502
Rank:
13934

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Performance Credits

JT Hodges   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Chad Cromwell   Percussion,Drums,Maracas
Greg Droman   Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Irish Flute
Dan Dugmore   Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Maracas
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
John Jarvis   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin
Ross Copperman   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Bonnie Bishop   Background Vocals
Chris Stapleton   Background Vocals
Jelly Roll Johnson   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Mark Collie   Composer,Producer
Greg Droman   Engineer
Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Mark Wright   Composer,Producer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Susannah Parrish   Art Direction
Ross Copperman   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Lee Thomas Miller   Composer
Lynn Hutton   Composer
Dylan Altman   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Natalie Moore   Art Direction
Hank Williams   Mastering
Eric Paslay   Composer
Jon Nite   Composer
JT Hodges   Composer
Jenny Bohler   Publicity
IK Kimbrell   Management
Don Cook   Composer,Producer
Alex Bridge   Management

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