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JT Hodges

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Show Dog Nashville
  • UPC: 602527724126
  • Catalog Number: 001568502
  • Sales rank: 19,289

Album Credits

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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