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NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: JT Hodges


NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: JT Hodges


JT Hodges  

Photo credit: Glen Rose
By Bob Doerschuk

© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service
/ Country Music Association®, Inc.

Counting down the days to his self-titled
debut, JT Hodges proclaimed August “Prize Month.” On his various social sites,
he invited fans to vie for more than 160 prizes, ranging from personalized handwritten
notes to autographed guitars, photos, hats, and Copperpeace guitar straps. Fifty
lucky winners got their Twitter addresses included in the album’s liner notes.

Clearly, Hodges knows both sides of the music business. That’s no surprise:
His parents met as band members. Their son grew up at their high-profile studio
in Forth Worth, where he learned the ropes, from cleaning bathrooms to laying
tracks. By the time he moved to Nashville, he was ready and eager to launch his career.


JT Hodges  

Photo credit: Glen Rose

Signed in 2010 to Show Dog-Universal Music, Hodges’ rock-toughened style won
notice from SDU President Mark Wright, who shares production on the young artist’s
debut project, which marries crisp instrumental tracks and high-impact vocals.
(One track was produced by Don Cook, Wright and Ross Copperman.)

JT
Hodges
hits full speed with the opener, “Rather Be Wrong Than Lonely,”
penned by Hodges, Mark Collie and Cook. One of the nine songs co-written by the
artist, it’s a nonstop four-beat tour de force, with a call to “come
on, come on, baby” whisking listeners into an irresistible chorus hook, sung
in solid harmony. A similar exuberance permeates the single, “Hunt You Down”
(Hodges, Collie and Rivers Rutherford), where a simple I-IV chord sequence gives
Hodges space to animate the playful, seductive lyric. “We never talked about
tomorrow,” he sings, although people will talk about this gifted newcomer for many tomorrows to come.

IN HIS OWN WORDS

SONG YOU SING IN THE SHOWER

“Depends
on the mood. I do whistle ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ theme quite often — haha.”

SONG YOU WISHED YOU’D WRITTEN

“‘Unanswered Prayers’ by Garth Brooks.”

MOMENT YOU’D LOVE TO RELIVE

“The day I first kissed my wife.”

FIRST GIG

“The White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth,
Texas. Went great … sang a lot of Blackhawk covers.”

WHAT YOU
HOPE PEOPLE AY ABOUT YOU 50 YEARS FROM NOW            

“He played by his own rules and made music his own way. He was unique.”

On the Web: www.JTHodges.com

On Twitter: @HelloJTHodges

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