Slightly South of Stormy Clouds

by Quinn Hedges

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My name is Quinn Hedges and I am a songwriter based out of Rocklin, CA, a suburb of Sacramento. I have previously released three independent albums (Quinn Hedges, Without You, and Step Outside). In an effort to progress, I wrote a group of songs I felt deserved more than my previous efforts. With that said, I made a commitment to working with the most talented cast of musicians, arrangers, and engineers possible. As it turned out, I stayed true to my commitment and have recorded what I hope you’ll agree is my best album to date, "Slightly South of Stormy Clouds".

In late 2013, I reached out to my cousin, John B Hedges (Co-Producer, Arranger, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Shruti Box) to collaborate on an album with an emphasis on doing it the right way from the beginning to the end. John B, alumni of the Curtis Institute of Music, is a contemporary composer and musician has worked with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, New Jersey Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble among others. He has conducted concerts at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Academie Musicale de Villecroze, the Aldeburgh Festival.

From across the country, John B and I fine-tuned all of the songs, arrangements, and the album arc as a whole. The next step was to actually start recording. In April 2015, I flew out to Philadelphia to record some world-class talent at Milkboy The Studio. John B and I hand-picked some amazing instrumentalists to perform on these sessions, including: Xavier Foley (Double Bass), virtuoso bassist and First Prize winner of the 2014 Sphinx Competition; Tessa Seymour (Cello), who made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 and has performed in numerous other distinguished venues throughout the world, including Davies Symphony Hall and the Kennedy Center; Childhood friend and huge musical influence, Aaron McHenry (Drums); Curtis Institute of Music's Ren Martin-Doike (Viola, Violin) & Zoe Martin-Doike (Violin); “The Philly Phatness” Horn Section, consisting of Vince Tampio (Trumpet, Flugelhorn) and Thor Espanez (Tenor Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone); and my uncle, John B’s father, “Funkle” Johnny Hedges (Electric Bass). These recording sessions (Milkboy Sessions) were engineered by Philadelphia native, Tim Sonnefeld (Audio Engineer, Mixing Engineer), who received a Grammy Award for his contributions on Usher’s 2010 album, “Raymond v. Raymond”.

Once the Milkboy Sessions were completed, recording resumed in Sacramento at Octopus Audio with Zack Proteau (Audio Engineer, Electric Bass). Zack Proteau is an engineer, producer, electric bassist, and Rolling Stone award winning producer on Jackie Greene’s 2002 album, “Gone Wanderin’”. Among the list of musicians recorded on the west coast consisted of Sacramento’s own Brian Chris Rogers (Percussion), a multi-Sammie award winning musician; Alison Harris (Vocals), a Sebastopol singer-songwriter and fellow music-major classmate at Sonoma State University; my father, Bernie Hedges (Pedal Steel Guitar, Dobro, Vocals); and the remainder of my immediate family, June Hedges, Rebecca Hedges, and Hilary Dibben (Vocals).

When the recording of the album was deemed complete, I connected with Tim Sonnefeld and enlisted him as the mixing engineer. Upon completion of mixing, I sent the final mixes off to Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, ME, for the legendary mastering engineer, Bob Ludwig, to put on the final touches. Bob Ludwig is a multi-Grammy Award winning engineer who has worked with artists from the likes of Led Zeppelin, the Who, and Jimi Hendrix to Alabama Shakes, Beck, and Radiohead.

After 3 years of extremely hard work that tested my patience, drive, and dedication, I can finally sit back and enjoy the efforts of the fantastic team that I was surrounded by spanning from coast to coast. 'Slightly South of Stormy Clouds' is intended to be listened to from beginning to end, guiding the listener through a self-reflecting musical journey about life in transition.

I truly hope this album is as enjoyable a listen for you as it was a creation for me.

Please enjoy 'Slightly South of Stormy Clouds'!

Sincerely,
Quinn Hedges

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released March 23, 2017

All songs written by Quinn Hedges
Produced by Quinn Hedges and John B Hedges
Arrangements by John B Hedges
Engineered by Tim Sonnefeld and Zack Proteau
Mixed by Tim Sonnefeld
Mastered by Bob Ludwig


Quinn Hedges - Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Banjo
John B Hedges - Vocals, Piano, Keyboards
Alison Harris - Vocals
Aaron McHenry - Drums
Xavier Foley - Upright Bass
Johnny Hedges - Electric Bass
Zack Proteau - Electric Bass
Vince Tampio - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Thor Espanez - Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Ren Martin-Doike - Viola, Violin
Zoe Martin-Doike - Violin
Tessa Seymour - Cello
Brian Chris Rogers - Djembe, Percussion
Bernie Hedges - Pedal Steel Guitar, Dobro, Backing Vocals
June Hedges - Backing Vocals
Hilary Hedges - Backing Vocals
Rebecca Hedges - Backing Vocals
Tim Sonnefeld - Backing Vocals
First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia Choir - Backing Vocals

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Quinn Hedges Sacramento, California

Born and raised in Delaware, singer/songwriter, Quinn Hedges has been around music his entire life. In 2006, he released his debut album, "Quinn Hedges". In 2011, he released the acoustic-based album, "Without You". In 2012, The Quinn Hedges Band released their first album, "Step Outside". In 2016, he, along with John B Hedges, released his finest album to date, "Slightly South of Stormy Clouds" ... more

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Track Name: Heartbreak Goes Both Ways
I’m having trouble breathing again
From the where’s, which’s, how’s, why’s, and when’s
My mind races away
And erases the day

How much you wanna bet that Taylor’s no angel herself?
How much you wanna bet?

I’m having trouble facing the day
These feelings are strange
Every time I reread that letter
Wish I could completely forget her

How much you wanna bet that Taylor’s no angel herself
How much you wanna bet?
How much you wanna bet that Taylor’s no angel herself
How much you wanna bet?

But I’m not gonna let it bring me down, no no no no no
I’m not the one who messed around
I’m not gonna let it bring me down, no no no no no
Pick my heart up off the ground

How much you wanna bet that Taylor’s no angel herself
How much you wanna bet? (Heartbreak goes both ways)
How much you wanna bet that Taylor’s no angel herself
How much you wanna bet?

But I’m not gonna let it bring me down, no no no no no
I’m not the one who messed around
I’m not gonna let it bring me down, no no no no no no
I’ll Pick my heart up off the ground

How much you wanna bet? (Heartbreak goes both ways)
How much you wanna bet? (Heartbreak goes both ways)
How much you wanna bet? (Heartbreak goes both ways)
How much you wanna bet? (Heartbreak goes both ways)
How much you wanna bet? (Heartbreak goes both ways)
How much you wanna bet?
Track Name: You Don't Even Know
My thoughts tangled up inside you
My head unclear on what to think
My mouth searching for the words to say
How is it that I feel this way?

My fingers tremble with the thought of touching yours
My knees buckle at your sight
My hands long to be wrapped delicately around your waist
How is it that I feel this way?

I want to wine you and dine you, laugh and surprise you
I want to learn from all you know
I want to sit along your side, gaze in your eyes
While dancing slow
Honey you don’t even know

My stomach in knots as I approach you
My heart beating like a snare
My lungs fighting for breath as our lips connect
My nerves shooting like stars in your eyes
Oh the time, the time flies

I want to wine you and dine you, laugh and surprise you
I want to learn from all you know
I want to sit along your side and gaze in your eyes
While dancing slow
Honey you don’t even know

I want to wine you and dine you, laugh and surprise you
I want to learn from all you know
I want to sit along your side, gaze in your eyes
While dancing slow
Honey you don’t even know
Honey you don’t even know
While dancing
While dancing slow
Track Name: Forever More
I can see it in your eyes
And it comes as no surprise
I know that you know

I can taste it on your lips
Guide my fingers down your hips
I know that you know

Dance with me again
Twirl your feet around and spin
All these answers I’ve been looking for
Dance with me again
As the whole world pretends
Realize that we won’t bend
I have found you
My best friend
Forever More
Forever More

I can feel it in your vibe
There’s no disguise
I know that you know

I could tell from our first glance
You could make me take a chance
I know that you know

Dance with me again
Twirl your feet around and spin
All these answers I’ve been looking for
Dance with me again
As the whole world pretends
Realize that we won’t bend
I have found you
My best friend
Forever More
Forever More

Dance with me again
Twirl your feet around and spin
All these answers I’ve been looking for
Dance with me again
As the whole world pretends
Realize that we won’t bend
I have found you
My best friend
Forever More
Forever More
Track Name: Honey
Hey Honey wait for me
Wait for me Honey

Hey Honey wait for me
Wait for me Honey

Hey Honey wait for me
Wait for me Honey

Hey Honey wait for me
Wait for me Honey
Track Name: Loss For Words
Let me try to explain myself
I’m at a loss for words
Let me try to express myself
I know that’s how it works
It works

Let me try to open up
I’m at a loss for words
I have never felt like this
I don’t know how it works

I don’t even know what to say
I don’t even know what to do
When you look at me and you say it’s you
That I believe in
I believe in
I believe in
I believe in
I believe in
I believe in you

Loss for words
Loss for words
For words

Oh and I don’t even know what to say
I don’t even know what to do
When you look at me and you say it’s you
That I believe in
I believe in
I believe in
I believe in
I believe in
I believe in you

Loss for words
Loss for words
Loss for words
For words

Loss for words (Let me try to explain myself I’m at a loss for words)
Loss for words
Loss for words (Let me try to express myself I know that’s how it works)
For words

Loss for words (Let me try to open up I’m at a loss for words)
Loss for words
Loss for words (I have never felt like this I don’t know how it works)
For words
Track Name: Stay
I know I’ve seen that smile before
I’ve blown right through the warning signs
I try so hard to ignore
Wait for the stars to align

But my patience wears thin
I need to realize

If my times wasted I don’t want to say
If my times wasted I don’t want to stay
Want to stay

I know I’ve heard that laugh before
I’ve blown right through the warning signs
Anxiety is such a chore
I’m on the verge of breakdown

But my patience wears thin
I need to realize

If my times wasted I don’t want to say
If my times wasted I don’t want to stay
Want to stay
If my times wasted I don’t want to say
If my times wasted I don’t want to stay
Want to stay

If my times wasted (my times wasted)
If my times wasted (my times wasted)
If my times wasted (my times wasted)
If my times wasted (my times wasted)
If my times wasted I don’t want to say
If my times wasted I don’t want to stay,
Want to stay

If my times wasted I don’t want to say
If my times wasted I don’t want to stay
Want to stay
If my times wasted I don’t want to say
If my times wasted I don’t want to stay
Want to stay
Stay
Track Name: Fly Away
I was there when you were weak
Provided care when you couldn’t speak
My heart has grown and there’s no doubt
Just have to figure all this out
Because I know one day you’ll...
 
Fly away from me
Hangin’ around is just not your style
Fly away from me
Wish you’d stick around for a while

You arrived without warning
Checking up on you in the morning
You could sense I was sort of safe
Made yourself at home in my little place
But I know one day you’ll…
 
Fly away from me
Hangin’ around is just not your style
Fly away from me
I wish you’d stick around for a while
I wish you would stick around for a while
 
I was there when you were weak
Provided care when you couldn’t speak
And when I glimpse into your eyes
Finally I’ve completely recognized
That I know one day you’ll...

Fly away from me
Hangin’ around is just not your style
Fly away from me
I wish you’d stick around for a while
I wish you would stick around for a while
I want you to stick around for a while
I wish you would stick around for a while
Stick around for a while
Wish you would stick stick stick around
Stick stick stick around
I wish you would stick around for a while
Stick around for a while
Track Name: I'm Gone
After all this time I’ve come to realize
We won’t become what I’d thought we’d be
The writings there, time cards been punched
This blank stare is eating me
Alive

I’m gone
I just haven’t told you yet
I’m gone

The daily grind displaced my pride
It’s not the same as it used to be
I’m still alive, just not aligned
Full head of steam, I’m outta here
Goodbye

I’m gone
I just haven’t told you yet
I’m gone
I just haven’t told you yet
I’m gone
I just haven’t told you yet
I’m gone
I just haven’t told you yet
Track Name: Anymore
So it’s official
Guess I lost my shot for sure
So it’s official
Didn’t turn out the way I thought it would
With your hand in mine
Distant memories of the times
Of the times

Now you won’t hear from me anymore
You won’t hear from me anymore
You won’t hear from me anymore
You won’t hear from me anymore

So it’s official
I lost my shot for sure
So it’s official
You finally closed the door
To your hand and mine
Distant memories of the times
Of the times

Now you won’t hear from me anymore
You won’t hear from me anymore
You won’t hear from me anymore
You won’t hear from me anymore

It’s funny how you only remember the good times
It’s funny how you only remember the good times
It’s funny how you only remember the good times
It’s funny how you only remember the good times
Track Name: Starting Today
With anxiety all up inside of me
Shoving away my positivity
Scrambling around
Feet barely glancing the ground
My spirits soaring slightly south of stormy clouds

Through broken words and promises, I perspire
Unresolved telephone calls extend my fire
Earning every bead of sweat that falls
From Delaware to Montreal
My spirits soaring slightly south of stormy clouds

But I’m gonna think a little differently starting today
Dispose all the negativity headed my way

Outlook on life is what I’m speaking of
Could be a slap in the face or short stubborn shove
But with support and love around
I have truly found
My spirits haven’t soared so south of stormy clouds

But I’m gonna think a little differently starting today
Dispose all the negativity headed my way
I’m gonna think a little differently starting today
Open up to the possibility of heartbreak

Starting today I won’t take on the world’s problems
Starting today I’ll get it all off my chest
Dispelling all emptiness
Addressing all feelings depressed
And by the way, it starts today

I’m gonna think a little differently starting today
Dispose all the negativity headed my way
I’m gonna think a little differently starting today
Open up to the possibility of heartbreak
I’m gonna think a little differently
Starting today
Track Name: Calm Down
It can’t be
Calm down. Calm down

So angry
Calm down. Calm down

If only
Calm down. Calm down

Poor me
Calm down. Calm down

Reality
Calm down. Calm down

Calm down. Calm down
Calm down. Calm down
Track Name: My Angel
I’m amazed at her strength, ability, and humanity
Anyone can see it’s not easy, believe me
And without a scare or consequence
She jumps right in the middle of it
And nobody ever stops to ask her name

But if they ever do, just tell them she’s an angel
But if they ever do, just tell them she’s my everything

Never asking anything from anyone
It’s interesting
No excuses or abuses behold her
She’s a soldier
What she’s witnessed with her own two eyes
She wouldn’t wish upon those you despise
And nobody ever stops to shake her hand

But if they ever do, I’ll tell them she’s my angel
But if they ever do, I’ll tell them until they understand

Oh, My Angel.