× Jonny Fritz + Joshua Hedley hit European roads this week

Jonny Fritz + Joshua Hedley hit European roads this week


With his thrift-shop wardrobe and unkempt hair, Jonny Fritz may look like the perfect specimen of the irony-first hipster, but the songs on his new fourth full-length are nothing if not sincere. And therein likes the sweetness of Sweet Creep, a collection of imagery-rich songs about resorts for dogs (“Chihuahua Rescue“), derelict Nashville motels (“Stadium Inn“) and Fritz’s penchant for skedaddling (“I Love Leaving“). For Fritz, his observational lyrics aren’t gags – they’re his way of making sense of an increasingly overstimulated America, where the mundane beauty of everyday life has been replaced by viral videos and memes.

Born in Montana and raised in Esmont, Virginia Jonny has passed weeks in nearly every city in the United States, and plenty others overseas, cramming ten lives into one. Despite the vitalism and exploits he’s gained a name for, most of his music comes from the smaller moments. He takes a little piece of life, unnoticed by most, then steeps it in song until it’s ready for vinyl. In contrast to the heartsick earlier release Dad Country, the songs of Sweet Creep are, if not always brimming, at least fully accepting of his fortunes.

 Jonny Fritz will take out Joshua Hedley on his upcoming tour this month. According to Rolling Stone, Hedley is “a nuanced, heart-tugging fiddle ace; has been the go-to sideman for Justin Townes Earle and Jonny Fritz. And his voice – he guests on the new track “Shadows” by Southern rapper Yelawolf – is just as striking, a warm, smooth baritone that’s nonetheless capable of hitting honky-tonk highs.”

22-MRT: Glasgow (UK) @ O2 ABC2 Glasgow
24-MRT: Bristol (UK) @ The Exchange
25-MRT: Twyford (UK) @ The Swiss Cottage
26-MRT: London (UK) @ The Moth Club
28-MRT: Krefeld (DE) @ Kulturrampe
29-MRT: Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso
30-MRT: Utrecht (NL) @ Molen de Ster
31-MRT: Rotterdam (NL) @ V11
04-APR: Gothenburg (SWE) @ Pustervik
05-APR: Orebro (SWE) @ East West
06-APR: Oslo (NO) @ Buckleys
07-APR: Malmo (SWE) @ Folk a Rock
08-APR: Borlage (SWE) @ Broken Dream
09-APR: Stockholm (SWE) @ Southside Bar