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Growing up, Joey Hyde found every opportunity to immerse himself in music. From his church’s worship band, to a high school garage band, Hyde has always had an innate need to create music. Joey was raised on his father’s vinyl collection in Grand Rapids, Michigan, listening to Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, picking up the guitar at age nine and writing original songs by age 13.
In 2006, Hyde moved to Nashville to pursue music more seriously. He played guitar in several bands, but after testing out the honky tonk circuit from stage right, Hyde realized how compelled he felt to move his music to center stage. Hyde continued writing and performing in Nashville, catching the attention of the industry and fans alike.
He’s spent the last few years touring with some of country’s biggest acts including Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Kip Moore, The Band Perry, The Cadillac Three, Keith Urban and more. Hyde used the tours to discover and engage his fan base throughout the country while honing his dynamic live performance.
On Feb. 26, Hyde will independently release what he considers his “most honest project yet”: a five-song self-titled EP. “There were no boundaries to this EP. This was my chance to put everything on the line with no apologies,” Hyde said.
The EP is a collection of songs that individually and collectively walk the listener through the complexities of recent moments in Hyde’s life; a year that was full of growth for him, personally and artistically. In order to get the album right, Hyde enlisted the help of his close friends to write and play on every track.
“I knew I couldn’t accomplish the goals I had for this EP without the right people,” Hyde noted. “It was an amazing feeling to have my closest friends involved through the whole process. Not only are they all immensely talented, but they know who I am at the core. That made the process feel like an old band of friends doing what they know to do. That’s what made the songs FEEL honest and true.”
The EP, which Hyde referred to as “creative therapy,” reflects Hyde’s energetic, light-hearted nature, while still giving listeners something to sink their teeth into. With his musical influences spanning the genres, Hyde wasn’t afraid to bend the rules of country music. The EP includes the autobiographical track “Light This Town on Fire;” and although the song centers on a break up, Hyde drew from many different experiences that took him to a crossroads in his life. “Losing It,” is the song Hyde says he’s spent the last decade searching for musically. As the album’s lead single, the track unapologetically references the way that feelings for another person can be all-consuming. With three additional tracks on the album, Hyde notes that he hopes the EP connects with fans and allows them to feel his energy.