Robby Hecht is a tremendously talented singer songwriter… and damn fine human being.
He is also a great collaborator who has combined talents with the likes of Caroline Spence, Liz Longley, Ali Sperry, Amy Speace, Rose Cousins, Angel Snow, Carrie Elkin, Korby Lenker, Julie Lee, Elizabeth Foster, Rebecca Loebe, Catie Curtis and so many more.
Robby formulated his earnest, Americana-tinged folk sound, one that nodded to artists like Joe Purdy and Damien Jurado, while he was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He settled in Nashville, Tennessee after he graduated, and spent the next few years touring the country, sharing the stage with artists like Patty Griffin and Ron Sexsmith, and snagging various songwriting awards. Robby’s debut album, Late Last Night, was released in 2008 and featured appearances by some of his songwriting collaborators, including Mindy Smith, Thad Cockrell and Andrea Zonn, followed by Last of the Long Days in 2011. His third album, 2014’s Robby Hecht, was produced by multi-instrumentalist Lex Price. Guitarist Will Kimbrough and many other musicians participated in the recording sessions.
His EP Evergreen features the songs Evergreen, Sugarland Mountain, One Part Roses, When I Found You and Your Favorite Chair. “I recorded Evergreen with producer Lex Price back in 2011, just after the release of my second album, Last of the Long Days. It’s essentially a collection of my five favorite songs that didn’t quite fit with the rest of that record. I wanted the song sequence to give the EP its own internal emotional arc, opening with a sense of proud isolation and working its way toward intimate comfort and belonging. The songs were recorded with just my guitar and vocals, and Julie Lee and Elizabeth Foster singing some beautiful harmonies around a single mic.” — Robby Hecht
He also has an incredible new single out, called The Ends and the Means. The song took nearly 17 years and dogged determination to write. Robby told me “I just wanted to capture the cycle of self deception that humans have been going through for hundreds of years where we think that immoral action is justified when we perceive that there’s a greater goal ahead. This seems to be specifically true in religion, specifically Christianity, where the message ironically is that the most important thing is to influence others by the example you set. I just wanted to capture the cycle of self deception that humans have been going through for hundreds of years where we think that immoral action is justified when we perceive that there’s a greater goal ahead. This seems to be specifically true in religion, specifically Christianity, where the message ironically is that the most important thing is to influence others by the example you set.”
“Robby Hecht sings like a whisper, like a hesitant truth that simply can’t go unsung anymore. His songs can invoke starry nights and fog rolling in on the beach. Lights turning off. Front porch silences and morning walks alone. Holding hands for the first time, letting go for the last.”
“Songwriting of the highest quality.”
“It’s his ability to capture the oft-inexpressible details in a relationship that make many of his songs really stick with listeners.”