Third Man recording artist Joshua Hedley is excited to share “I Miss Spending Christmas With You,” a new Christmas song released today as an Amazon Original. Hear the song HERE. “Christmas has always been my favorite time of year,” Hedley said. “I love Christmas songs. I also love sad country songs. I wanted to do sort of a blue-eyed soul take on a classic country theme, like Charlie Rich singin’ a sad Christmas song.”
Hedley has had a banner year — in addition to releasing his acclaimed debut album Mr. Jukebox on Third Man Records in April, he spent much of the year on the road, with headline dates and festival appearances in the United States, Europe and Australia. Just last week, he opened for Jack White at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with Margo Price. For details on Joshua’s upcoming performances, please visit joshuahedley.com/tour.
A Florida native, Hedley felt inexplicably drawn toward the fiddle as a child. He first asked for one at age 3. His mom listened to Neil Diamond and his dad listened to Otis Redding — they didn’t see the request coming — but when he asked again five years later, they were struck by the longing’s staying power and, at 8 years-old, he finally got his hands on his very own instrument. He went on to perform at the local VFW and American Legion and, at 12, joined his first band. His bandmates were in their 40s. Around the same time, Hedley visited Nashville with his parents and immediately knew that he belonged. At 19, he made the move and began sneaking into Robert’s Western World–too young to drink legally and too wild to care. Hedley went on to become a featured performer and in-demand sideman at the now legendary spot and, ultimately, a well-respected frontman. Armed with an easy croon and prodigious fiddle playing, he became known by peers as the Mayor of Lower Broad. In the years since, he’s performed with artists including Jonny Fritz, Justin Townes Earle and more and was featured prominently in the 2015 documentary, Heartworn Highways Revisited.