Nashville Release: Jimmy Lehoux Hits #1 on the IndieWorld Country Record Report Charts JIMMY LEHOUX Album: Thirteen Label: Ruby Records Country Music Magazine With an impressive resume that includes opening spots for the likes of Charlie Daniels, Alabama, Little Feat, and more, Jimmy Lehoux is an artist that is primed and ready to take on the country music world and "Thirteen," certainly challenges what has become typically known as the country music mainstream. LeHoux set out to create an album that is influenced by the tradition of country music, but at the same time make it modern enough to attract attention and create his own distinct sound. By using some of Nashville's biggest songwriters including Brett James, Mark Nesler, and Tony Martin, he more than achieved the modernized, traditional, sound. With the upbeat "The Way Things Are" Lehoux will have your boots clicking off the dance floor, but that's not where this album truly shines. Those songs are fun and make you move but his lyrics aas you dig deeper into the album are those that country music is all about. Great stories about eve ryday life and living fill the album. "The Waiting Room," features a lyric that focuses on waiting in a hospital waiting room as a loved one is fighting to hang on, while on a track like "Discovering You," Lehoux takes an upbeat approach to a catchy lyric about walking down a path of mistakes that eventually lead you right to that special someone that you were destined to meet. With solid lyrics, a distinctive drawl to his vocals, and a modern enough style in the music, Lehoux has created a solid effort that will easily attract attention from the traditionalists and the country music fans of today. Billboard Release The independent Ruby Records label has opened a Nashville office to bolster the release of a single by Jimmy Lehoux. The imprint is owned by New Hampshire-based CEO Gary Crane, who has a similar title with Ruby's parent company, Capital Productions. Tom McBee has been enlisted to oversee radio promotion. Thompson Entertainment Group is in charge of marketing and public relations. Jimmy Lehoux biography Jimmy Lehoux is that rarest breed of country singer-one with style and substance. One who's determined to make history, not just repeat it. He's off to a good start. Though he's steeped in the tradition of country, Lehoux's music is stamped with his own unique style. He honors the past, but refuses to live in it. That's why he continues to push at the boundaries of country music forward, creating an exciting new blend that's as emotionally potent as it is commercially appealing. That's what you'd expect from this iconic, straight-talking, do-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. That's because country music has been an integral part of his life since before he could talk. That's even more impressive considering he was born and raised in New Hampshire. Lehoux's new album, Thirteen, contains an explosive brand of turbo-charged, radio-ready country music destined to put Lehoux and New Hampshire on the country music map. Lehoux's story and music journey goes almost back to his birth. It was fate or perhaps a calling, but Lehoux was destined to be a country music singer and songwriter. By the time he was three, he was singing songs along with the radio. He got his first real guitar at age nine, which is also when he began singing in church. He released a six-song demo made in Nashville when he was just sixteen. He soon began songwriting and shortly after the New Hampshire Country Music Association named him the Youth Male Vocalist of the Year. After winning awards and critical acclaim, he formed a band and began taking his home state by storm. He packed clubs with his band and earned a reputation for a ferocious live show. He soon began getting calls to open for country music and rock legends like Alabama, Charlie Daniels, Pam Tillis, Little Feat, Marshall Tucker and Molly Hatchett to name a few. Lehoux's rapid rise to the top of the country music scene in the Northeast has been as natural and organic as the music he makes. Thirteen captures the frenetic, explosive energy of his live shows while mixing in ballads and narrative story songs that engage the heart as well as the mind. "My producer, Nashville veteran Tom McBee, and I wanted to stretch the limits of country music and create a very distinct sound," says Lehoux. "We wanted to find a blend of something really commercially viable, but still different enough to help the music stand out. I think we did and we got songs from some of the best songwriters in Nashville like Brett James, Tony Martin, Mark Nelser and Nathan Woodard. Jimmy drags his guitar through Jimmy Buffet-influenced sandy beaches on "Twenty Toes In The Sand" (from writers Tom Stipe and Liz Miller) and bears his soul in "Turn Off My Heart," a potent ballad. Thirteen is the record Jimmy Lehoux was born to make. It's a seamless blend of old and new. The opening "The Way Things Are" is a toe tapping, radio-ready hit-in-waiting. "Close To Me" captures the power and poignancy of a slice-of-true-life love affair. The disc features track after track of 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 wash over you. Because if you listen carefully there's a distinct sound that comes through on Jimmy Lehoux's latest album-one you don't get to hear very often. It's the sound of history in the making.
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