Jimmy Lehoux is that rarest breed of country singer – one with style and substance. One who is determined to make history not just repeat it. Though his life is steeped in the traditions of country Lehoux’s music is stamped with his own unique style. He honors the past but refuses to live in it and that is why he continues to push the boundaries of country music forward creating an exciting new blend that is as emotionally potent as it is commercially appealing.
That is just what you would expect from this iconic straight-talking did-it-his-own-way kind of cowboy. He’s the kind of singer who didn’t have to think twice about making a living playing country music and play he did earning a reputation for a ferocious live show. Jimmy and his band have shared the stage with country music and rock legends like Alabama Charlie Daniels Pam Tillis Little Feat Marshall Tucker Molly Hatchet Kenny Chesney Travis Tritt and more.
Lehoux has teamed with producer Tom McBee to cut thirteen new tracks in Nashville a decision which ultimately chose the projects title. Jimmy describes the project saying For this record we wanted to stretch the limits of country music to create a very distinct but very traditional country sound. We wanted to find a blend of something really commercially viable but still different enough to help the music stand out. Producer McBee relied on years of working closely with artists and with radio to help Jimmy capture the frenetic explosive energy of his live shows and mix it with ballads and narrative story songs that engage the heart as well as the mind.
For those songs McBee tapped some of Nashville’s best songwriters to find the seamless blend of old and new on Thirteen. Gems like the Jimmy Buffett influenced “Twenty Toes In The Sand” (Tom Stipe/Liz Miller) the potent ballad “Turn Off My Heart” (Ken Bell/Charles Quillen) and other great songs from Brett James Tony Martin Mark Nesler Nathan Woodard and others. Thirteen is track after track of great songs from a singer at the top of his game and comfortable in his own skin.
Go ahead put Thirteen in your CD player and let the music take hold of you. And if you listen carefully there is a distinct sound that comes through on Thirteen – one you don’t get to hear very often.
IT’S THE SOUND OF HISTORY IN THE MAKING