Blink and you’ll miss him, but during the Nashville episode of Aziz Ansari’s Netflix series Master of None, Joshua Hedley makes a cameo as a singer in a honky-tonk.
“Imagine that,” quips Hedley, one of Rolling Stone Country‘s Artists You Need to Know. But the playing-to-type appearance was a creative boon for the traditional-country singer, songwriter and fiddle player, leading to a standout track – “This Time” – on his upcoming EP.
“This is a song that really jump-started me back into writing. I was in a slump and I hadn’t really written anything in over a year. I got a call from someone on the show Masters of None … and they wanted to feature one of my songs in it,” Hedley recalls. “Well, I sent over a couple and they wrote me back and said they were looking for something different, something more upbeat. I told them to wait and I’d send them something the next day. I think I had this song written, demoed and in [their] inbox five minutes after that. It just poured right out.”
In this video, Hedley performs the song as part of the Pink House Sessions, a series of live music filmed at the Nashville home of Langhorne Slim. The Philadelphia-area native came up with the idea for Sessions with colleague and friend Joel Sadler.
“Joel and his now wife were at the house a week or so after I bought it and we started shooting videos of our friends. I felt as though the house called for it,” says Slim, who has since showcased performances by Dawes, Margo Price, Jonny Fritz and Luke Bell.
Watch the video of “This Time,” featuring a Roy Orbison-evoking vocal from Hedley, above.