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Jedd Hughes To Release Anticipated Album WEST On August 30

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

First Single Out Now, On Tour With Vince Gill Through Fall

July 1, 2019 - Nashville, TN - Among nominations for ACM Guitarist of the Year and Americana Musician of the Year; touring with Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and Vince Gill; and playing on countless A-list Nashville recording sessions, Jedd Hughes has never lost focus on what he’d intended to do since he was an 8 year-old aspiring musician in Quorn, Australia; write and play his own music. WEST, Jedd Hughes’s highly anticipated return to the spotlight, will be released on August 30. Self produced and mixed by Hughes, WEST runs the gamut of emotions through its dynamic ten song tracklist, drawing on a number of close friends’ heavyweight musical talent as well as a stunning string quartet for more than half of the album. Hughes’s songs are largely self-written and intimate, but a few co-writers are sprinkled throughout WEST, including the aforementioned Crowell, as well as Parker Milsap, Sarah Buxton, and the late, great Guy Clark.

Today, Billboard premiered Hughes’s first single off of WEST, “Animal Eyes.” Riddled with dramatic string arrangements, thick tremolo guitar, and pulsating drums, “Animal Eyes” is a glimpse into Hughes’s personal reflection of darker times in his past, written over the course of six weeks in a dimly lit spare bedroom. “The idea came from a phone conversation with Rodney Crowell when he asked what I was up to, I said, ‘Crawling out of the morning.’ There’s a song, he said.” Billboard notes that the “stirring” lead single features “Hughes’ whispered vocals alongside haunting string accompaniment and seductive electric guitar parts while he sings about trying to find himself.” Read the full piece here

At the heart of WEST is a group of stories, told by an excellent storyteller. Hughes’s masterful guitar playing is always present, as an accent, but never covering up a character or plot, allowing his tales to blossom and thrive. “I hope these stories in these songs resonate with people,” Hughes says. “I hope people listen to it as a record and can see some of the things I saw.”

For the remainder of the summer, and into fall, Hughes will be touring as part of Vince Gill’s band and opening up each night with a set of his own music. For more information, please visit

See Jedd Hughes On Tour with Vince Gill:

August 7 - Knoxville, TN - Municipal Auditorium

August 8 - Savannah, GA - Johnny Mercer Theater

August 9 - Hiawassee, GA - Anderson Music Hall

August 10 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Concert Hall

August 14 - Davenport, IA - Adler Theatre

August 15 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre At the Midland

August 16 - Thackerville, OK - WinStar World Casino and Resort

August 17 - Tulsa, OK - Margaritaville Casino

August 21 - Interlochen, MI - Kresge Auditorium

August 22 - Fort Wayne, IN - Foellinger Theatre

August 23 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights

August 24 - Nashville, IN - Maple Leaf PAC

September 12 - Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre

September 13 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre

September 14 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater

September 15 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre

October 9 - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre

October 10 - Portland, ME - Merrill Auditorium

October 11 - Providence, RI - The Vets

October 12 - Baltimore, MD - The Lyric Opera House

October 17 - Springfield, MO - Hammons Hall

October 18 - Ames, IA - Stephens Auditorium

October 19 - Green Bay, WI - Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

October 20 - Springfield, IL - Sangamon Auditorium

October 24 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre

October 25 - Toledo, OH - Stranahan Theater & Great Hall

October 26 - Erie, PA - Warner Theatre

October 27 - Rochester, NY - Kodak Center

November 1 - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center for the Performing Center

November 2 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center

November 3 - Concord, NH - Capital Center

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