Sarah Buxton’s CD Release Party Shines A Light On Jedd Hughes [Exclusive Video]

Pierce Greenberg | February 24th, 2010


The mood was celebratory—and complete with champagne and poppers—at the Rutledge in Nashville on Tuesday night. The cause for jubilation? One of Nashville’s many hard-working talents finally (finally!) had a record on shelves in stores. Score one for the good guys. Score one for Sarah Buxton.

Buxton is indeed one of the good guys (or gals). Her voice is unique. Her songwriting is solid. Her genuine personality and enthusiasm are unmatched.

But on Tuesday night, it was clear that she is certainly better with world-class help at her side.

Buxton and Australian singer-songwriter Jedd Hughes are joined in a beautiful, harmonious marriage—of the musical variety, of course. The womanly grit in Buxton’s voice goes hand-in-hand perfectly with Hughes’ sweet harmonies and otherworldly guitar playing. (It’s kind of ironic that Buxton’s fiancé, Tom Bukovac, is one of Nashville’s best session pickers.)

The two combined their collective talents for more than 90 minutes of songs that tapped into one of two of the most basic emotions: happiness and sadness.

Songs like “Wings,” “American Daughters,” and the “Outside My Window” don’t differ much from contemporary pop-country fare. Hughes’ guitar saves the day on these songs—making them far more interesting than they really are.

But the true magic happens when Buxton is able to dig down into that dark place and drag the audience with her. A song presumably called “I Don’t Want To Be Numb” was the highlight of the night along with a seven-plus minute version of “Space.” Even the familiar “Stupid Boy” sounded fresh with the Buxton-Hughes treatment.

Hughes’ influence can’t really be overstated enough. His playing and singing carried Buxton through the night—and the two matched each other step for step.

If Buxton can keep him by her side—at least on stage—her future looks bright.

Video from The 9513’s YouTube Channel:

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  1. Ken Morton
    February 24, 2010 at 8:15 am

    It’s a different performance, but fans can get a great look at Jedd playing alongside Sarah on several cuts here:

  2. Rick
    February 24, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    The folks at CMT were kind enough to do an online live stream of the show and I watched the first hour (before LOST beckoned on my TV). I agree that “I Don’t Want To Be Numb” was the highlight song of the portion of the show I watched. It had an “Exile on Main Street” era Rolling Stones type swagger that really worked well for the song. It’s too bad that song isn’t included on the album. Oh well..

    There was a counter on the online viewing screen that showed the number of folks watching the feed and I don’t think it ever topped 200 at any one time. I do hope Sarah’s album sells a few copies this week because of “Outside My Window”, but I’m not expecting any big numbers as Sarah has never had a Top 20 radio hit. But at least Sarah has now received better treatment from Lyric Street than Ashley Monroe ever did at Sony-BMG or Amy Dalley ever did at Curb. Go Sarah!

  3. Annissa
    February 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I’m so happy for Sarah! I’ve been singing these tunes for a long time now. It’s nice to be able to introduce my friends to her music. I love her personality and songwriting skills. She was one of the highlights for me last year during CMA Fest at the songwriters night at the HRC.

    I couldn’t be happier for Jedd too! I’ve been a fan of his since the days of opening for DB and others. Come back to Chicago Jedd and bring Sarah with you!!!

  4. karen
    February 26, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks, I enjoyed this and agree… glad to see her finally get her cd out, I’ve been a fan for a while.

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