Courtesy of Merge Records
"Shark Attack"/"Mama, I'm a Zombie"
Charlotte's Benji Hughes has long been a local favorite; you can even read our 2009 interview with him (and download his excellent "Tight Tee Shirt") here
. But at last, he's caught the attention of a particularly prominent Triangle institution: Merge Records.
The label will release two singles—"Shark Attack" backed with "Mama, I'm a Zombie" and "Freaky Feedback Blues" backed with "Jazz x 10"—in early October. These singles arrive just short of the year anniversary of Hughes' release of three
LPs last November: OXOXOXOXOX
and Songs in the Key of Animals
While Hughes' solo material leans toward tender Americana and soul, his work as a songwriter expands far beyond what most folks might expect. He teamed with actor Jeff Bridges on Bridges' 2011 solo record, as well as with neo-soul badass Meshell Ndegeocello
. Hughes also lent his songwriting skills to the movie Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Hughes doesn't spend much time on the road, but you can catch him Friday night at Local 506. Tickets to that show are still available here