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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 602498616475
  • Catalog Number: 000190302
  • Sales rank: 150,592

Album Credits

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
Al Anderson Composer
Gram Parsons Composer
Billy Burnette Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jedd Hughes...the next big thing in country

    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!!!

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