Earlier this week PA-based singer-songwriter John Hufford delivered the first single from his new album, Sleep, premiering on Austin Town Hall who noted “There’s something warming in his vocal delivery, like a friendly whisper of encouragement giving you just a hint of light when needed.

Hufford’s delicate and moving folk musings fall somewhere between the melodic nuance of Phosphorescent and the emotive timber of The Tallest Man on Earth.

Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, John Hufford always felt a magnetic pull to the inexpressible aspects of music and went on to pursue music education at a local state university in hopes to gain further insight into these mysteries.

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While he never considered himself a songwriter, he became fluent in both acoustic and electronic instrumentation and production. Then in 2012 while he was recovering from Lyme disease, John began to write his first songs. The more John wrote, the more his passion for songwriting grew, crafting a strong indie folk aesthetic, tinged with an emotional immediacy that effortlessly communicated his uninhibited reflections with a vivid poetic quality.

His music drew immediate comparisons to The Tallest Man on Earth and Elliot Smith and soon he went from playing open mics at local listening rooms, and coffee shops to live showcases in Philadelphia, New Jersey and at Musikfest in Bethlehem. In October of 2014 John released his first EP entitled Person and soon after, participated in PBS special “Steel Sessions” which features promising local artists from the New Jersey, Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia areas.

Hufford chose the name of his newest EP, Sleep, to reflect the calming quality of his new material. It’s a word John associates with not only rest, but the ultimate respite from the madness, deadlines, fears and regrets which often plague the mind. Mixing thoughtful lyrics, distinct tonality, and pensive performances, Sleep strives to speak to the reality of our world, while offering a delicate hideaway from its clamorousness.

Listen to Shadow below: