February 23, 2018
Singer-Songwriter Jeff Hyde Releases Debut Album, ‘Norman Rockwell World’
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — February 23, 2018 — Already a Grammy-nominated songwriter and longtime member of Eric Church’s touring band, Jeff Hyde releases his solo debut, Norman Rockwell World, today. The 10-track album comprises unused material from his decade in Nashville, where he’s written country hits for other artists including Church, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Bobby Bare, Luke Bryan, Charlie Worsham, Nikki Lane and more. The album is available everywhere digitally, and on Hyde’s website.
Produced by fellow songwriter Ryan Tyndell, Norman Rockwell World rounds up 10 of Hyde’s untouched compositions, including songs written alongside fellow hitmakers Michael Heeney, Clint Daniels, and Casey Beathard.
Norman Rockwell World roots itself in Hyde’s songwriting chops, and also introduces him as a talented vocalist who delivers a song with the same finesse he uses to spin a lyric. He sings each song in a welcomingly strong voice, one that may be familiar to Eric Church’s fans who have seen Hyde play acoustic instruments and sing harmonies in Church’s band for more than a decade. He beefs up his sound with everything from banjo riffs to mandolin solos. The music itself nods to his longtime influences — including 1980s trailblazers like Don Williams, Keith Whitley, and Vern Gosdin — without losing its modern appeal. The album has received early praise from Rolling Stone Country, The Boot, Wide Open Country, Cowboys & Indians Magazine and more.
A native of Marshall, Texas, Hyde moved to Nashville in 2001. He was raised on the sounds of artists such as Whitley, Tom T. Hall, and The Statler Brothers — chart-topping country singers who wrote many of their own hits. “You could turn their records around and look at the back to see who wrote the songs,” he remembers, “and the singers were also the writers. I always knew songwriting was the core thing I wanted to do in the music business. I wanted to start with that foundation, anything further would be a bonus.”
The album release show for Norman Rockwell World will be in Nashville at Analog at Hutton Hotel on March 6.