Joshua Hedley Signs with Third Man Records
A long-time favorite of country fans that know their stuff, a fixture of Lower Broadway before and after it became a tourist hellhole by holding forth at Robert’s Western World and other haunts to attempt to keep traditional country alive in that godforsaken corridor, and a fiddling sideman for Justin Townes Earle and Jonny Fritz just to name a few, Joshua Hedley is finally cashing in on years and years of dues paid by signing with Jack White’s Third Man Records ahead of releasing a new record.
“From the first time I picked up a fiddle to right now, all I’ve ever wanted to do is make music and be given the opportunity to share that music with the world,” said Hedley via social media on Tuesday (6-13). “It’s been a long road full of all kinds of ups and downs, weird gigs, long van rides, hard floors, and incredible experiences. But through it all I never gave up, I never sold out, I didn’t change myself for anyone, and I did everything the way I wanted to do it no matter what. And today my life’s work finally paid off and my life’s dream was finally realized.”
Though no official press release has made the rounds, Third Man Records, which also is home to country artists Margo Price and Lillie Mae, posted a picture of Josh Hedley and label head Jack White signing a contract, and stating boldly, “Hedley’s initiation into the Third Man family solidifies not only the end of Bro Country’s stranglehold on the country music industry, but also Third Man’s place as the greatest country label on the planet.”
Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, but it is a positive sign for Josh Hedley, country music, and Third Man’s stable of country artists, which is aggressively growing to own a stake in independent country beside barns such as New West, Bloodshot, and Thirty Tigers. Joshua has done studio work for Jack White and Third Man in the past, and released an out-of-print EP in 2009 called Green Eyes. He also recently appeared on a track with Nashville resident Yelawolf called “Shadows.”
As the broad success of independent country music continues, we’re continuing to see deeper commitments from record labels and other industry professionals to independent artists in anticipation of growing attention to music beyond what emanates from the offices on Music Row. Joshua Hedley is the latest benefactor.
June 14, 2017 @ 8:12 am
I haven’t heard a single note of his music yet, and I’m already a fan because of his SM post. I love a good underdog story.
June 15, 2017 @ 10:14 am
You’ll remember the first time you do. Heard him with Jonny Fritz a few months ago when they opened for Margo and Jonny asked Josh to sing one of his songs. That whole venue was blown away where two people immediately asked when his album was coming out.
June 14, 2017 @ 8:14 am
I bet you have.
June 14, 2017 @ 8:24 am
I love “weird thought thinker” jam in the van video. Can’t wait for his record.
June 14, 2017 @ 9:28 am
Nice, I’ve seen him sing at Santa’s on Sunday nights, hauntingly good voice.
June 14, 2017 @ 12:59 pm
Hedley deserves it. He is the first of the personal roster of musicians I have had the joy of playing with that has reached a decent and humbling level of notoriety. I am very happy for him and excited to hear his solo music excell!
June 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Josh Hedley is a great singer and musician. I can’t wait to see what he does with this contract!
June 14, 2017 @ 1:14 pm
best country singer in Nashville. Hands down.
June 14, 2017 @ 7:21 pm
Wearing your inspiration on your sleeve is one thing but that Weird Thought Thinker sounds identical to Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me. He does shout out Shaver in the last verse (among others) so it could be a tribute I suppose. Even the lyrics sound a bit like a re-hash of lines from other tunes from the artists mentioned. Definitely aint bad but not sure how I feel about it curious to hear more though as he is definitely inspired by lots of stuff I really like. Maybe he can do something original with it. It did make me want to throw my Shaver records on and that cant be a bad thing haha.
June 14, 2017 @ 7:29 pm
Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me + The Red Headed Stranger perhaps. Real curious if this is a delibrate sorta tribute song.
June 15, 2017 @ 6:30 am
he worked with yellawolf…pass
June 16, 2017 @ 4:36 pm
Josh is a great musician (plays fiddle and guitar) and singer. Check out his EP “Green Eyes”. He and Johnny Fritz make a good pair on stage. Third Man is a logical home for him.