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Nashville-based folk scene fixture Robby Hecht will release a new self-titled album on March 25th. Anchored by Hechts mixture of shimmering acoustic guitars, understated rhythm section and flourishes of fiddle, horns, piano, and sax, the album represents a return to the early 70s golden era of acoustic pop where thoughtful, well-crafted lyrics were blended with timeless melodies (Music City Roots).
Produced by Nashville musician Lex Price (Mindy Smith, k.d. Lang), the 12 songs on Hechts new album paint an intimate portrait of the phases of a long-term relationship and a life introspectively lived. Feeling it Now delves into Hechts experiences with bipolar disorder. The Sea and the Shore co-written with Amy Speace, shows Hechts knack for quiet, vulnerable ballads, while Barrio Moona spooky murder ballad as Hecht describes ittells the tale of a stabbing between friends through dark and haunting chords. Hecht combines the grace and indelible melodies of songwriters like James Taylor and Joni Mitchell with the mainstream appeal of David Gray.
One of American Songwriters favorite Nashville artists, Hechtan East Tennessee nativebegan performing while a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After living in Paris and San Francisco and fronting the pop band AllDay Radio, he returned to Nashville where he has won several prestigious awards for songwriting and shared the stage with acts like John Prine, Colin Meloy, Lucius, Amos Lee, Iron and Wine, Neko Case, and Josh Ritter.
Hecht will play songs from his new album at shows in Nashville and across the country this spring. He will also appear at the Folk Alliance party at SXSW.