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EDITORS’ NOTES

On his self-titled debut album, JT Hodges leans toward the rocking side of country while presenting himself as a restless romantic navigating the highs and lows of love. The Texas-born singer/songwriter works within Nashville boundaries but still puts an individual stamp on these tracks, thanks to his well-crafted tunes and earnest vocal delivery. “Rather Be Wrong Than Lonely” recalls the aching passion of a long-lost Roy Orbison tune, while “Right About Now” and “Hunt You Down” have a playful swagger worthy of John Mellencamp. “Sleepy Little Town” pushes the mainstream country envelope with its depiction of scandal in heartland America. Balancing the edgier elements are personalized takes on familiar country themes, like the openhearted “Goodbyes Made You Mine” and the upbeat, twang-filled “Give Me One More Night.” Vince Gill lends his guitar and vocals to “When I Stop Crying,” a smoldering lovelorn ballad. Producers Mark Collie, Don Cook, and Mark Wright enhance Hodge’s music with tasty arrangement touches, like the sparkling, mandolin-powered “Rhythm of the Radio.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his self-titled debut album, JT Hodges leans toward the rocking side of country while presenting himself as a restless romantic navigating the highs and lows of love. The Texas-born singer/songwriter works within Nashville boundaries but still puts an individual stamp on these tracks, thanks to his well-crafted tunes and earnest vocal delivery. “Rather Be Wrong Than Lonely” recalls the aching passion of a long-lost Roy Orbison tune, while “Right About Now” and “Hunt You Down” have a playful swagger worthy of John Mellencamp. “Sleepy Little Town” pushes the mainstream country envelope with its depiction of scandal in heartland America. Balancing the edgier elements are personalized takes on familiar country themes, like the openhearted “Goodbyes Made You Mine” and the upbeat, twang-filled “Give Me One More Night.” Vince Gill lends his guitar and vocals to “When I Stop Crying,” a smoldering lovelorn ballad. Producers Mark Collie, Don Cook, and Mark Wright enhance Hodge’s music with tasty arrangement touches, like the sparkling, mandolin-powered “Rhythm of the Radio.”

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About JT Hodges

Country singer and songwriter JT Hodges was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and it isn’t too hard to see how music got in his blood, since his parents, both musicians with their own band, owned and operated a professional recording studio, Buffalo Sound Studios, which held sessions for artists ranging from Michael Bolton to T-Bone Burnett, among others. Hodges grew up in and around the studio, absorbing how everything worked, right down to the janitorial work. Later he attended and graduated from Texas Christian University before moving to Los Angeles, where he spent years playing gigs on the coffeehouse circuit. After he met and married his wife, the couple moved to Nashville in 2009. In the spring of 2010, Hodges landed a record deal with Toby Keith’s Show Dog-Universal Music imprint, which released a debut single, “Hunt You Down,” midway through 2011, and a debut album, the self-titled JT Hodges, in 2012. ~ Steve Leggett

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