Jeff Whitehead will release Bloodhound Heart in the spring of 2014. Produced by Scott Davis (Longtime guitarist with Hayes Carll; Producer for Rob Baird, etc.) the album contains 9 songs written by Whitehead that span the spectrum of emotion, from heartbreak to lasting love to the angst of the introspective troubadour. Representing a new chapter for Whitehead, Bloodhound Heart is sure to establish Whitehead as a creative force in the Texas music and Americana scenes alike.
For the last year, Jeff has toured with country artist, Jake Kellen, co-writing songs for Kellen’s upcoming album and playing piano, organ and rhythm guitar in the band. This year, Whitehead is back in full force with a new band, a new sound, and new songs.
Since 2008, Whitehead has been a workhorse as a writer and in the studio, releasing an album, an EP, 2 singles to Texas radio, and continued touring, sharing the stage with great artists such as Walt Wilkins, Rob Baird, K. Phillips, Cory Morrow, Chris King, Mike McClure, and many others. Says Whitehead, “We love being on the road, and getting to work with great musicians and songwriters, it really makes it all worth it.”
Whether he is rockin’ with his band at a smoky dancehall or listening room, or just pickin’ a guitar or piano at home, you’ll notice one thing: he cares a hell of a lot about the song. And listeners are quick to pick up on this sentiment when listening to “Bloodhound Heart”. The album captures the energy and soul that has been winning over radio stations and audiences and is another great example of Whitehead’s dedication to the craft of songwriting.
Whitehead stumbled into the world of songwriting when, during his sophomore year at Texas A&M University, he happened across a copy of American Songwriter Magazine and found their renowned Lyric Contest. Though he had written poetry and short stories, he had never written a song. After writing 5 songs, he mailed in his efforts and waited. The effort paid off. At age 19, he had won first place in the international contest for his song “Coffee and Dreams” (now featured on the album “Outlaw in My Mind”). Along with having his song published in the next issue of American Songwriter Magazine and receiving a Martin Guitar, Jeff received the most dangerous thing you can give to a songwriter: validation.
With this new found energy, Jeff teamed up with Granger Smith (producer), to showcase his lyrical prowess with great country rhythms on the album, “Outlaw in My Mind” (2009). With an album recorded and nothing but blind faith and ambition, Jeff graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Wildlife Biology and moved to Austin the next day.
Now, with countless shows and two albums including two radio singles under his belt, and an upcoming full length album, this year is sure to be an exciting year for Jeff Whitehead music fans alike.
Tour dates and other information available at www.jeffwhiteheadmusic.com!
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