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The Real Life Mr. Jukebox, Joshua Hedley

Starting out in Nashville's Lower Broadway honkey tonks, Joshua Hedley played four-hour sets for tourists who came to hear their favorite oldies and regulars who came to dance. Putting in that time playing covers led to his guitarist nicknaming him "Mr. Jukebox", which is also now the name of his debut album for Jack White's Third Man Records. The new songs were a long time coming - even though he was hanging out in the local VFW before he was even a teen, learning from players several times his age, he waited until age 31 to start penning his own songs. Joshua Hedley shares what brought about that sudden interest in songwriting with the World Cafe's Ann Powers and shows off his warm tenor voice in a live performance from Nashville's Sound Stage Studios.

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