Contact: Jeff Mix
Writer: Jeff Mix
Publishing and Pro: Hiway Songs,BMI
Fremont Street is the first song we cut for the album. The song in the film is for Jeff Mix's character. He orginally wanted tyo write the song where the songs character kills himself in the end but instead opted for a more open ended version. The drum fill in the breakdown was meant to be one of those cool, Jack and Diane moments, where people who can't play drums try to air drum that part. We think it worked.
Mixed by Eddie Spear in Nashville
Mastered by Pete Lyman in Los Angeles
Tracked at Tone Factory Las Vegas and Engineered by Vinnie Castaldo
Key of F
Jeff Mix: Vocals, Guitars
Trevor Lee Johnson: Lead Guitar
Rahmaan Phillip: Viola
Rob Whited: Drums
Steve Bonacci: Bass
Justin Mather: Harmony Vocals/Keys
The road to Las Vegas singer-songwriter Jeff Mix’s debut album, “Lost Vegas Hiway,” has been a long and winding one, but he is making up for lost time.
Mix wrote his first song in the fourth grade, drummed in a heavy metal band with his brother as a teenager, and later began writing songs influenced by the Texas country songwriters he discovered in his 20’s, but he never thought to sing his own songs until he was in his 40’s.
“I never thought I could sing,” he said.
But nearly 20-plus years living in Las Vegas, where Mix moved from Florida at age 19 to build neon signs, he finally decided to start hitting open mics and songwriter circles, eventually traveling to Nashville to attend a songwriting workshop with revered songwriter Mary Gauthier.
“It took me a long time to get in that frame of mind when I thought I’d be ok,” he said.
Mix assembled a band, The Songhearts, working his way up to club gigs. But his confidence still wavered, even before traveling to Texas to record a single with legendary Texas producer Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Ray Wylie Hubbard), who complimented Mix’s writing and vocals.
“It really kinda weirded me out,” Mix said. “I thought maybe Gurf was wrong.”
However, it is now plain to see that Morlix wasn’t wrong, and that Mix was learning songwriting and performing in the fast lane. “Lost Vegas Hiway,” is proof — an ambitious concept album written from the various perspectives of fictional characters at a real Downtown Las Vegas budget motel, the Gateway Motel.