AIR DATE: FEBRUARY 2018
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the thirty-sixth episode of “Outsiders Radio”. This weekend, I’ll introduce you to one of my musical collaborators, Jeff Hyde, who has a new solo album called Norman Rockwell World. In fact, let’s start the show with a song that was our first hit together, from my second album Carolina.
There you go…my first musical collaboration with Jeff Hyde from back in 2010. It may not have been a big success at radio, peaking around #16. But it was my second Platinum-selling single, and it’s a BIG hit at my shows. We’ve had a lot more success since then. Jeff just released his debut album, and I thought I’d hand the show over to HIM. Just so you know, Jeff was born and raised in Marshall Texas, and came to Nashville in 2001. A few years later, he made a connection that brought him to me.
JEFF: Since right around 2005, my first publishing deal was with Jody Williams, he was really supportive of me. Driver Williams is Jody’s son, he knew I played banjo, Eric needed a banjo player, so they asked me to play. We played five songs, and his single was How Bout You, and they told me we can get through all four songs, but don’t mess than banjo part up on that one song. That’s all you gotta worry about. I told Eric I appreciate you having me out, and he says ‘Stay as long as you like.’ That was 13 years ago. It’s been a fun time.
Hi I’m Jeff Hyde and you’re listening to Outsiders Radio on The Highway. My debut album is called Norman Rockwell World, and it’s available now. I think it’s a common thread through a few of the songs that life is complicated but it’d be nice if it didn’t have to be. Norman Rockwell World sums that up nice and encapsulates a common theme. It’s one of my favorites I’ve written, I wrote it with Clint Daniels and Michael Heeny, Clint had the title, but we all understood what it was saying. It just seemed like an appropriate title. Here’s the title song from my debut album Norman Rockwell World.
Hi I’m Jeff Hyde and you’re listening to Outsiders Radio on The Highway. My debut album is called Norman Rockwell World, and it’s available now. The first song on my album is Old Hat. It’s true to me, is all I can say, and I think there’s a lot of people that would agree with it. I had that idea and wrote it with Matt Jenkins and Ryan Tyndle, and maybe it’s just because we’re old souls, but sometimes it feels like the world’s spinnin’ too fast for me, and that’s what that song is about.
Hi I’m Jeff Hyde and you’re listening to Outsiders Radio on The Highway. My debut album is called Norman Rockwell World, and it’s available now. One thing about Eric, he knows a lot about music. He’s got a wide range of influences. Some people you click with, some people you don’t. I always admired his writing and wanted to write with him, but I tried to wait until I had a song or two where he said it was cool. Then we ended up slowly writing a few songs together, it’s been a good thing for me to be a part of some great songs. We’ve been fortunate that some have blown up and done really well.
I’m Eric Church and you’re listening to Outsiders Radio. My co-writer on Record Year and several other hits was Jeff Hyde. Jeff’s debut album, Norman Rockwell World was just released, and actually it has a song we wrote together. Here’s Jeff to tell you about it.
JEFF: One of them I wrote with Eric, that was the goal, it’s called Baby By Tonight, we wrote at his writing cabin in North Carolina, I brought that idea in, he liked it, we wrote the song, for whatever reason it was on the short list for a couple albums, just never fit the right slot, it was just out there, I thought it was a cool song, wanted to make sure as many people as possible heard it. That was the reason for this album in general, to give some of the songs I’m proud of that haven’t been recorded to be heard outside the publisher’s office, so that was the motivation behind the record.
Hi I’m Jeff Hyde and you’re listening to Outsiders Radio on The Highway. My debut album is called Norman Rockwell World, and it’s available now. Here’s a song called Fiction.
ERIC: We’re spotlighting my friend and musical collaborator, Jeff Hyde, on this edition of Outsiders Radio. Jeff was a co-writer on some of my recent hits: Record Year, Kill A Word, and the latest #1: Round Here Buzz. Here’s Jeff.
JEFF: That’s crazy, a mini-miracle, as I would say. We didn’t know if that one was gonna make it or not. I do remember that day, me & Eric and Luke Dick got together to finish Kill A Word. We finiahed that one pretty quick, we had a couple hours, and Eric had the idea for Round Here Buzz, had a few lines, so we got on that and finished that one too, so that was a good day, wrote two singles that day.
Hi I’m Jeff Hyde and you’re listening to Outsiders Radio on The Highway. My debut album is called Norman Rockwell World, and it’s available now. You may have already heard this song called Henry Ford. I heard Don Williams say this once in an interview. The lady asked him why do you shy away from publicity. He said, well I’ve always felt you don’t have to know Henry Ford to drive one. That always resonated with me. I thought it was a cool concept, and a cool concept for a song. My personal belief is I’d let what I do speak for itself. It’s funny I’m saying that as I do an interview. But in principle, I agree with what the song says.
Hi I’m Jeff Hyde and you’re listening to Outsiders Radio on The Highway. My debut album is called Norman Rockwell World, and it’s available now. Here’s a song you may recognize called Cold.
ERIC: That’s another song from my longtime collaborator Jeff Hyde’s new album Norman Rockwell World. Jeff is not only one of my co-writers, but he’s also in my band. Last year we traveled the world with my Holdin’ My Own Tour. We all have our favorite moments from that tour, and here’s Jeff’s.
JEFF: Well it’s pretty cool, we went to Germany last year, and people were singing the words to Springsteen. It’s pretty surreal, you realize you have a platform. For me you want to say something that will help people. But to see a bunch of people sing the words you wrote down on a piece of paper one day…that’s pretty cool.
ERIC: I want to thank my friend and musical collaborator Jeff Hyde for appearing on Outsiders Radio this week. Jeff’s debut album is called Norman Rockwell World, and it’s available now. As for me, I’m in Austin Texas this weekend, taking part in something very special. It’s the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association’s annual Hall of Fame show. It’s being hosted by Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn. We’re honoring Texas songwriters Buddy Holly, Mickey Newbury, Liz Rose (who I’ve written with), and the living legend Ray Wylie Hubbard. We’re gonna end this edition of Outsiders Radio with our duet: Screw You, We’re From Texas. See you next time.
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