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.