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Transcontinental
     

Transcontinental

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by Jedd Hughes
 
Jedd Hughes seems to have been on a fast track to record stores since he arrived from Australia to attend the bluegrass program at South Plains College in Texas a few years back, only to be spotted by Terry McBride, who became his songwriting collaborator and helped him get a job backing Patty Loveless on her Down From the Mountain Tour. MCA Nashville, conscious of

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Jedd Hughes seems to have been on a fast track to record stores since he arrived from Australia to attend the bluegrass program at South Plains College in Texas a few years back, only to be spotted by Terry McBride, who became his songwriting collaborator and helped him get a job backing Patty Loveless on her Down From the Mountain Tour. MCA Nashville, conscious of the success of Australia's last guitar-playing export, Keith Urban, then signed Hughes up, resulting in a debut album at the age of 22. Transcontinental is a tribute to Hughes' guitar skills. It is full of fingerpicked electric fretwork that recalls George Harrison stealing licks from Carl Perkins. And Hughes sings in a yearning tenor reminiscent of Ricky Skaggs. Meanwhile, he and McBride have shared their songwriting sessions with such pros as Al Anderson, Billy Burnette, and Bruce Robison. Nevertheless, it's the songwriting that lets the album down. The songwriters haven't turned out typical Nashville formula work, but they haven't come up with anything really distinctive for the most part. The one exception is Anderson's "I Don't Have a Clue," a lovelorn tune with a certain bite, but Hughes is content to sing it without enough venom to make its wit land. A bunch of high-profile singers, including McBride, Loveless, and Alison Krauss lend their voices in harmony on one song or the other, but their contributions are more notable in showing support than in really affecting the outcome. As a result, the album is to be enjoyed largely as a guitar showcase, and it certainly demonstrates that Hughes has chops.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2004
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0602498616475
catalogNumber:
000190302

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Performance Credits

Jedd Hughes   Primary Artist,Guitar,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Handwriting
Patty Loveless   Vocal Harmony
Ron Block   Vocal Harmony
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar
Terry McBride   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Chris McHugh   Drums
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Russ Pahl   Banjo,Steel Guitar,Coral Sitar
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Dan Tyminski   Vocal Harmony
Reese Wynans   Keyboards
Tommy Lee James   Background Vocals
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Billy Thomas   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Anderson   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Billy Burnette   Composer
Josh Leo   Composer
Terry McBride   Composer,Producer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Bruce Robison   Composer
Lee James   Composer
Bethany Newman   Art Direction
Jedd Hughes   Composer,Drawing

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Transcontinental 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Jedd Hughes is an Australian at heart, his album definitely deserves attention in the American world. His vocal and songwriting ability sets him apart from many other country artists...not to mention that he has so many years ahead of him which can only develop his talent more. Jedd is an artist worth investing in, along with his album Transcontinental. A complete and well-rounded debut album, Transcontinental does a great job of encompassing Jedd's unique and fresh sound. If you don't have it, you are definitely missing out!!!