|BMI's Joyce Rice and Jedd Hughes. Photo by Brian Tipton|
A native of Australia, Hughes spent his teenage years performing as a sideman with various country entertainers. After high school he attended South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, which offers a bluegrass music program. There he met BMI Award-winning songwriter Terry McBride of the trio McBride and the Ride. With McBride's encouragement, Hughes moved to Nashville in 2002 and the two began writing. Only six weeks after his relocation, he joined Patty Loveless's band as lead guitarist, just in time for the "Down From the Mountain" tour.
During his days off from playing with Loveless, Hughes was busy in the studio with McBride, cutting demos which they eventually took to MCA. Transcontinental, which McBride produced, features nine Hughes/McBride collaborations, including the first single, "High Lonesome," set for release on April 19.