- Kerry Carter a huge fan of
Country music and especially Jedd is over there in Nashville.
She said she saw
Jedd Hughe's video on GAC and it was the first ever screening of it
and said it is all happening for Jedd over there in the States.
- The publicity is all growing for
Jedd in The States, this weekend he has been out at The Eric Clapton
Guitar Festival in Dallas. Jedd's Parents have been over there
in Nashville with him and they had a great time. They found it
amazing to be at The Opry and to share that experience with Jedd!
They said he has some great people around him, and has made some
- The following are links to the Jedd Hughes EPK.
They are all the same, just
in different formats. Pick which ever one suits your computer needs
- WMV 100k:
- WMV 250k:
- JEDD HUGHES TO PERFORM AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY
May 21st & 22nd. sees Jedd perform on the Grand Ole Opry in
Nashville. Although having previously performed on the
Opry, as a "side man" to both Patty Loveless and Rodney Crowell, Jedd
will this time be a guest on the show, fronting his own band.
This weekend finds him in Europe, on tour with Ben Atkin's, and also
shooting video footage for the first single "High Lonesome", which is
due for radio release in the U.S. on May 3rd. The debut
album "Transcontinental" is currently slated for an August release.
Great reviews were received following performances at SXSW held in
Austin, Texas, during March, with Rollingstone.com voting Jedd "Best
In March "The Sunday Mail" out of Adelaide, South Australia, published
an article on Jedd's road from Quorn to Nashville and his
participation in SXSW.
June 12 will see him performing songs from his upcoming album on the
River Stages in Nashville as part of this year's annual Fan Fair.
- Jedd Hughes Signs With
BMI- from BMI.com
- MCA recording artist Jedd Hughes met with
BMI Writer/Publisher Relations Director Joyce Rice to sign with BMI
for performing rights representation, in anticipation of the July
release of his debut album, Transcontinental.
- A native of Australia, Hughes spent his
teenage years performing as a sideman with various country
entertainers. After high school he attended South Plains College in
Levelland, Texas, which offers a bluegrass music program. There he met
BMI Award-winning songwriter Terry McBride of the trio McBride and the
Ride. With McBride's encouragement, Hughes moved to Nashville in 2002
and the two began writing. Only six weeks after his relocation, he
joined Patty Loveless's band as lead guitarist, just in time for the
"Down From the Mountain" tour.
During his days off from playing with Loveless, Hughes was busy in the
studio with McBride, cutting demos which they eventually took to MCA.
Transcontinental, which McBride produced, features nine Hughes/McBride
collaborations, including the first single, "High Lonesome," set for
release on April 19.
USA Record Deal for Jedd
- Hi guys,
It has been a really exciting year playing a lot of shows with Patty
all over the US and Canada. We have about another ten shows coming in
our last being in Fort Worth, Texas (actually my last show of being
with Patty which will be quite
a sad day!!) I've also been working with Rodney Crowell on the Opry
and in the
studio which is always a thrill, and am actually doing a live Clear
taping with him in Austin, Texas, on the 19th of November which will
be a blast!
I've also been busy in the studio for the past two weeks myself
finishing up my own record
which has been the most fun of my whole life! We had the last day of
tracking last week and I was humbled by the presence of Dan Dugmore
played steel and acoustic guitar, on some of the tracks. I spent the
last week working on my guitar
overdubs and having a couple of special guests come in and sing
Dan Tyminski, Ron Block, Tommy Lee James, Russel Terrell and Terry
week Alison Krauss and Patty are coming in to sing on some tracks
completely freaking me out!!! I have my first "Jedd Hughes" gig next
night in Nashville, so I'm really excited about getting out and
playing these new songs.
Next week is the CMA's over here and we're performing "Loving All
Night", which is the first single from Patty's latest album,
"On Your Way Home". It comes with a bonus DVD which features that song
also, and was just so much fun to be involved with!
Well I hope this finds you all happy and healthy,
- It’s a long way
from the small country town of Quorn, situated in the heart of the Flinders
Ranges, South Australia, to Nashville Tennessee. Signing a record deal this
month with major USA label Universal/MCA is a dream come true for Jedd who
grew up in Quorn. Terry McBride of “McBride and the Ride” will serve as
producer and while Jedd is cutting his debut country album, due out early next
year, he will continue to tour with Patty Loveless.
I've been busier than
ever writing a lot and finishing up contracts on a record deal!!! that
I'll be thrilled to announce in a couple of weeks! I had my 21st Birthday
at the end of March which turned out a great night with
some good friends here in Nashville. With the drinking age at 21 over here
I think I got off to a pretty good start!!
Yesterday was a very
humbling experience, I sang and played on a session with one of my very
long time guitar heroes, John Jorgenson from a great band in the 90s
called "The Desert Rose Band" and more recently from
the mind blowing guitar trio The Hellecasters. Great guy with the
telecaster tone of doom!!
The last couple of
weeks have been spent in the studio tracking demos of songs to go on my
album and also songs to pitch to others. I have a song that I
co-wrote a couple of months ago with Jeffrey Steele and Terry McBride on
hold for a major group here in the US which I'm really stoked
about! Last week I spent a couple of days in the
studio with Rebecca Lynn Howard playing on her new record which was a
blast!! I'm heading out on the road again with Patty Loveless
in a couple of weeks which will be great as she has a new record coming
out soon!! I'll post the dates on my website as they come, in
case some of you back home make it out here and would like to catch a
I hope this finds you
all happy and healthy,
- Jedd with Vince Gill
- Jedd and Felicity Urquhart
- Hi Folks,
- Just to keep
in touch, here’s a little look at what has been happening over the
last month or so! I flew back to Australia from Nashville, for
three weeks on the 22nd of January for some serious down time, and
the Tamworth Country Music Festival, which in my opinion was the
best so far. I arrived in Tamworth just in time for the
Fender Super Jam, which is always a highlight and a blast to
play!! Getting to play with KB and The Flood as well as
Stuart French was well worth the 22 hours flying time!!! The weather
was a little brutal but I welcomed the sun after the below zero
temperatures in Nashville for the previous two months. My favourite
moments of the festival were playing the Bill Chambers Hillbilly Jam
(and playing that old blonde telecaster of his) sitting in with Josh
Canning and FBI and the Surprise! Surprise! show at The Family Hotel
with Beccy Cole and Tamara Stewart.
all that it was back to Mildura with mum and dad for the down time which
was so relaxing and reminded me why I love Australia and its’ food and
culture sooo much!!!
was pleasantly surprised to get a call from Lee Kernaghan and Catherine
Britt to play some sessions in Sydney while I was home. That was a
blast, and it was also great to catch up with Brooke McClymont who’s
setting the pop world on fire.
arrived back in Nashville last Monday the 17th Feb. and have
only just got over the jet lag! Wednesday
and Thursday last week were spent in the studio with Rodney Crowell
working on some new songs of his which was a complete honour and massive
learning experience! I’ve also been recording a couple of songs that
I’ve written with Kim Richey.
a lot of co-writing coming up over the next few weeks, which will be
keeping me busy, and also a few more studio sessions. The weather is
leaving much to be desired but should start warming up soon!!
next time stay happy and healthy,
- Jedd and Patty Loveless on stage at Birmingham
- "Photo courtesy Nicole Spaller
- Report on The Down From The Mountain Tour
Packed houses and standing ovations every night are what's been happening
on The Down From The Mountain Tour over the last two months. Many of the
venues across the States have been outdoor ampitheatres which have really
lent themselves to the atmosphere of Bluegrass Music. The audiences have
been fantastic, very appreciative of the music and it has been an
incredible experience to work with, and get to know some of the most
respected and talented musicians in the industry. It's been a
huge production with 12 tour buses carrying the artists and 2 semis with
the sound gear. Great to see Bill Chambers at the show in Austin and also
to catch up with Carol Young in Houston recently. After a quick trip home
early next month, October and November will be spent song writing in
- YOUNG AUSTRALIAN country singer/songwriter Jedd Hughes
is currently in
the US and playing guitar for Patty Loveless as they tour with the
bluegrass/old-timey music extravaganza, the Down From The Mountain tour.
Hughes is understandably over-the-top about sitting around backstage
with the icons of country/bluegrass music in America and the following
is a piece from an email he sent to a close friend in Tamworth:
"We're up in New London, Connecticut, at the moment
and the shows have
just been like a dream. I walk out into the crowd and watch the first
half every night and get to see Skaggs, The Del McCoury band and Allison
Krauss every night!!!!!! It just blows my mind. And then to get to hang
out with them backstage and sing and play with them every night!!!. We
play in the second half right before Ralph Stanley every night. The
crowds have been huge and very appreciative. I could go on and
Jedd lives out his American dream
six weeks after returning to America, South Australian-born Jedd Hughes has
performed on the Grand Ol’ Opry as part of country diva Patty Loveless’s
spent three semesters studying commercial music at South Plains College,
Levelland, Texas, and left 18 months later with the award for outstanding
instrumentalist in country, bluegrass and swing.
to a solid network of contacts, Jedd was invited to audition for the spot in
Patty Loveless’s band.
was shaking during the audition but when I got home afterwards there was a
message on my answering machine asking me to come right back in.
They wanted to hear me play again,” Jedd said.
I waited my turn, this guy who was playing ahead of me just blew me away and I
wondered how I could compete with that.”
20-year-old will perform tonight (Saturday, April 27) at the Grand Ol’ Opry
with Patty Loveless on a bill which also features Diamond Rio and Steve Wariner.
Following that show, Jedd jumps on the tour bus and heads to Wilkesboro, North
Carolina, for an appearance with the Patty Loveless Band. The
four-day Merlefest stars Earl Scruggs, Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss and Gillian
Welch, among a host of other artists.
that – who knows? Chances are, Jedd Hughes will be noticed.
his skills on the guitar and mandolin, together with his backing vocals and
finely honed songwriting skills, there’s no way this Aussie won’t stand out
in a crowd.
ultimate goal in the States is a solo career, but in the meantime, he doesn’t
mind keeping company with some of the biggest stars around.
website can be accessed at www.jeddhughes.com
- Jedd to appear on stage tonight at the Grand Ole Opry
in Nashville with Patty Loveless
successfully auditioning yesterday in Nashville for a position as
guitarist/harmony singer with Patty Loveless, Jedd Hughes, will
appear on stage at the Grand Ole Opry tonight, the 27th April
with Patty. Following the performance the group will be leaving for
Wilkesborough, North Carolina, for a performance at the Merle Fest.
Other artists who have been appearing at the 4 day Merle Fest
include Earl Scruggs, Nickel Creek, Sam Bush, Gillian Welsh and Alison
more details of what Jedd has been doing in the States refer to
- A Great Big Howdy!!!!
- From Jedd Hughes
- Hi Helen!,
- How are you!, Thought Id send a little bit of an
update of what I'm up to these days.
- I moved to Nashville TN about a month ago after some
long hard thinking of where to go after I finished college in Texas. I
have a cosy little apartment just ten minutes south of Down Town Nashville
in a suburb called Antioch. So far the greatest challenge has been me
cooking food that's actually fit to eat needless to say mum's great cooking
didn't quite rub off on me!.
- I wasn't really sure what to expect with the
music scene here as I've heard alot of different opinions about where the
music is headed these days but figured I had to see It for myself to make
my own mind up. So far I'M LOVING IT!!. I've heard some of the best live
music from Matthew Ryan, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, Pat
Buchannan I could go and on!. There's so much great music here every
night of the week and entry fees to most of the venues is very
- My main reason for coming here is to work with Terry
McBride (McBride And The Ride) who I met out at the college during my
last semester. I've been writing with Terry and Steve Boggard and what a
huge learning experience its been already!.
- I was also stoked to get back to Texas last weekend to
catch up with the faculty and friends at South Plains College and play a
couple of gigs with the Ben Atkins Band. It was an absolute blast and as
always I encourage every young aspiring artist to seriously consider
spending a couple of semesters at the college.
- Over the next couple of weeks I have some more co
writing with Marv Green, Casey Beathard and Tommy Lee James so things are
- Before I sign off I just want to say thankyou so much
Helen for all that you do for Australian Country Music and smaller artists
like myself!. Your hard work and genuine love of the music is greatly
appreciated by all of us, especially us Aussies over here in the States
when we get a little home sick.
- I hope this finds you all happy and healthy.
- Love Jedd
Jedd has been
down to Mildura with the Western Swing Band "The Feral Swing
Katz" and Mildura were very appreciative of the western
swing. Jedd, Megan Laurie and Shane Parle took to the stage
and anyone who knows those three know that they can cut it with anyone so what a
Jedd is now at
the Douglas Family home in Tamworth apparently writing songs in the solitude of
Joan Douglas Licensee of "The
Pub", The Family Hotel and Southgate Inn has been talking to some of
the artists and they are all looking forward to the festival 2002.
Joan was talking to Chris Haigh and he is so excited about the music that
Jedd Hughes is doing. He told Joan that it is "fantastic and
can't wait to play it". The Feral Swing Katz are keen as
they have a stack of new songs and Bill Chambers can't wait to get there
as he is very excited also.
here for Jedd at Tamworth 2002
Photos Taken in Texas
- Courtesy of John Habbinga from Texas
- Jedd Hughes with Kym Warner and Carol Young (The
How are you doing?.
Thought Id write and send a bit of an update
on what's happening over here. As you know I'm back at
South Plains College in Levelland Texas and having a
great semester. I've been writing lots of songs and
recording demos of them in the studios here. In fact
I'm in the studios almost everyday either working on my own
projects or engineering for friends of mine. The semester
seems to be flying as Mid Terms are coming up next week and
Fall Break is this weekend!. I've been playing gigs most weekends
with a group called the Ben Atkins Band who's album I played
on about six months ago. I've also been hanging out with Kym
and Carol Young who are living in Abilene just two hours away
from where the college is. Kym, Carol and myself played on a live
last Thursday which was a blast. It was broadcast on a local cable
throughout West Texas.
I just got back from Guthrie Oklahoma where I went to the Guthrie Bluegrass
festival. Got to see some of my heroes like JD Crowe and The New South, The
Kruger Brothers and Nickel Creek who were absolutely UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!.
To see Chris Thile play live is an incredibly humbling experience.
The weather here is pretty mild however I'm sure the snow will be falling
within the next four to five weeks, which means im getting out
of here and home to a nice hot summer for Christmas.
Hope all is well
This weekend in
Henrietta, Texas, Jedd, Carol Young and Kym Warner appearing under the banner of
"The Lonesome Buddies" opened for The Ben Atkins Band, of which
Jedd is also a member, with a Bluegrass set to a packed house.
The crowd whose ages ranged from 18 - 25 apparently went "nuts" over
the group who caught up with each other in San Angelo last weekend.
After spending the last week up at the College in Levelland, the guys
have all been invited to perform a Bluegrass set on the next Thursday Night Live
program on the 4th. October, a cable TV program with its audience
throughout West Texas.
- Jedd flew out for another semester at South
Plains College in Texas, after a 3 month break back home, this time
concentrating on songwriting, Western Swing and furthering his studies
in Audio Engineering. He is hoping to catch up with
Carol Young and Kym Warner at some stage, as the guys are about 6 hours from
Levelland down in Austin, Texas, and also Mikaela Dewer who is in her
second semester of study at South Plains College. He will
be returning home for Christmas and will be appearing at the January
Festival in Tamworth. Jedd's American gigs over the next four months will be
available on his website www.jeddhughes.com
- Jedd with The Feral Swing Katz