with JJ Eckl
August 18, 2016 8:30pm
JT Hodges’ original and raucous sound, combined with his soulful lyrics, make him an undeniable country-rock artist. As a songwriter who is also a recording artist, JT Hodges remains true to who he is, eschewing the chart trend and going his own way musically. After releasing his self-titled debut album two years ago—with debut single “Hunt You Down”—he takes the same path for his upcoming, yet-to-be-titled sophomore release including his newest single, “Already High.”
“I started writing songs at an early age and was around such great music that it is naturally a part of me,” says JT. As a child in Fort Worth Texas, he witnessed numerous artists and producers at work in his family’s studio, including heavyweights like T-Bone Burnett, Michael Bolton and Delbert McClinton, and each left a lasting impression on him. His musical influences also include Don Henley, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty—artists whom JT considers timeless, honest treasures. All of this has contributed to JT being viewed as a sultry country music artist with a little bit of attitude and a Texas-sized personality.
“Hunt You Down” charted on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, while the follow-up single, “Goodbyes Made You Mine” raced up the charts while its music video quickly racked up more than one million views. From the same album, JT Hodges, his single “Sleepy Little Town” spent two weeks at #1 on Sirius/XM’s The Highway. And that same year, JT was nominated as a semi-finalist in the New Artist of the Year category for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. Hodges has performed multiple times on the legendary stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
JT Hodges makes the music he loves and gives back to the fans what he gets from them…an honest reaction. Under the bright lights of the stage, you’ll have no problem recognizing his passion and heartfelt thankfulness for his audience.