By Lisa Waugh
Tod Hughes pours himself into his music, telling it like it is to a memorable melody. His latest record Time Slow Down is filled with life lessons and musings that bounce along with vibrant energy.
Hughes’s approach to making music is about providing a good time for the audience and for the musicians. The members of his band, The Tod Hughes Project, are encouraged to interpret the music from their own perspectives with Hughes’s light spirit at the helm.
Time Slow Down has elements of indie country, jazzy backdrops, roots, rock, and singer-songwriter clarity. He looks back and forward with the same zeal. Mistakes were made, fun was had, stories were created, and here they are. Tod Hughes is serious about these life lessons. He’s also funny.
Hughes’s voice at times sounds like John Prine’s, especially on the track “Darkness That Cries.” He is reminiscent of Randy Newman on “Drinking Coffee in a Hipster Place” with maybe a little Fred Schneider from the B-52s thrown in as he comically laments about the good old days of gas station coffee you can chew. On the “Time Slow Down,” Hughes creates a love song of sorts to Canada, possibly specifically his native Winnipeg and his adopted Calgary. Whomever it’s mean for, it’ll stay in your head.
Lovingly skirmishing with the world, Tod Hughes is clearly have a good time. And we’re having one with him.
Production: Arch Audio, Lorrie Matheson, Calgary, Alberta
“Drinking Coffee in a Hipster Place”
Time Slow Down
One of a Kind
Nothing Too Obscure
Drinking Coffee in a Hipster Place
Coming Home to You
Real You and Me
Worth Waiting For
Darkness That Cries
Is It Really Fair