In early 1981, Hedges signed a record deal with Windham Hill Records, a young start-up label focused on instrumental music, based in Palo Alto, California.
When the label’s founder Will Ackerman saw Hedges perform at The New Varsity Theater, he signed Hedges on the spot. Released in October 1981, Breakfast in the Field was the culmination of Michael’s early guitar solos written during the previous eight years.
Several tracks include the masterful fretless bass work of Michael Manring; and pianist George Winston joined Hedges and Manring on the ensemble piece “Lenono.”
The music from Breakfast in the Field was primarily written in Enid, Oklahoma and Baltimore, Maryland during Hedges’ music studies at Phillips University and the Peabody Conservatory.
The album established Hedges as an innovative and kinetic guitarist-composer.
Words by Jake White, biographer
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