Growing up in the small south Australian town of Quorn, Jedd Hughes was first given the gift of country music by his father, who loved the sounds of American icons such as Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins.
One night on the radio, Jedd heard the Ricky Skaggs song "Country Boy" and was hooked on Skaggs' rapid-fire blend of country and bluegrass.
While attending South Plains College Jedd met Terry McBride. Terry, who'd enjoyed success with his trio McBride and the Ride, did a workshop at the college. He noticed there was something different about the young guitarist. He talked with Jedd after the show and offered to write with him if he ever made the move to Nashville.
"Transcontinental", Jedd's debut album for MCA is a blend of the traditional sounds Jedd loved from his childhood and the rocking country he’s absorbed as an ever-evolving artist. The album kicks off with the up tempo Beatlesque tune “I’m Your Man” then quickly switches gears to the mellow sound of “I’ll Keep Movin’” which demonstrates Jedd’s versatility as an artist.
Tracks like “High Lonesome,” a rolling train of honky-tonk would make Buck Owens proud. He continues rocking with the roadhouse grit of “I Don’t Have A Clue,” “Snake In the Grass” and “Damn! You Feel Good.” “Time To Say Goodnight (Sweet Dreams Baby)” and “The Only Girl In Town” (with guest harmonies by Alison Krauss) are sung with a soulful yearning guaranteed to melt the hardest hearts.
Jedd’s former “boss,” Patty Loveless, puts her golden touch on the beautiful, melancholy “Soldier For The Lonely.” The album ends fittingly with a cover of country rock legend Gram Parsons’ “Luxury Liner.” Jedd hopes his blend of roots-based country will appeal to a wide range of music fans.