A Little Knox Music – Expatriate Edition: Robby Hecht

I’m bringing a little bit of a twist to this installment of “A Little Knox Music.” The artist I’m featuring today claims Knoxville as his original home, even though he has moved on from our fair city in recent years.Today, I feature the music of Robby Hecht

Robby has spent most of his musical life away from the shadow of the Sunsphere, but he was born and raised in Knoxville. That’s enough for me to include him here.

Robby’s first foray into songwriting came when he was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also spent time in Paris and San Francisco before settling in Nashville where he worked on his debut album Late Last Night. The album is textured and melodic, and filled with great songs (Hecht wrote nine of the album’s ten tracks)… a very mature offering for a debut disc that shows why Hecht was named the winner of the 2008 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition.

Of course, talent attracts talent, and Late Last Night boasts an impressive list of guest stars. The angelic voices of Mindy Smith, Jill Andrews, and Sarah Siskind all grace the album. Robbie is also joined on select tracks by Thad Cockrell, Andrea Zonn, and Jeff Coffin from Bela Fleck & The Flecktones. At no point, though, do the guests overpower the record. Robby keeps you squarely focused on his voice and his words.

Here’s a track from the album that features vocals from Mindy Smith (herself a former Knoxvillian).

Robby Hecht: Freight Train Lady (Buy Album)

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