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Hayden Pedigo: Tiny Desk Concert

Hayden Pedigo's guitar tells stories through musical landscapes. At the Tiny Desk, he plays quiet, gentle melodies inspired by his Texas panhandle home that still manage to kick up little dust storms of the soul.

As a teenager, Pedigo picked up fingerstyle guitar by way of John Fahey and Robbie Basho. A decade later, his songs have taken on ambient and avant-garde textures, yet have never strayed from a strong, narrative drive. The set here features "Elsewhere" and the title track from his most recent record, The Happiest Times I Ever Ignored, plus "Carthage," a personal favorite of mine, via 2021's Letting Go. On songs performed with six- and 12-string acoustic guitars, he makes you lean into the silence to wonder what small gifts await; Pedigo assures us that the long pauses represent Amarillo, Texas' "flat plains that go on forever."

To close, he plays a song inspired by a letter written by National Lampoon founder Doug Kenney; on a borrowed Telecaster outfitted with three humbuckers, "The Happiest Times I Ever Ignored" then takes on a thicker tone à la slowcore cult favorites Duster, rendering the song's bittersweet melody a rumbling tribute.


  • "Elsewhere"
  • "Carthage"
  • "The Happiest Times I Ever Ignored"


  • Hayden Pedigo: guitar


  • Producers: Lars Gotrich, Bob Boilen
  • Director/Editor: Maia Stern
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Videographers: Maia Stern, Zayrha Rodriguez
  • Series Producer: Bobby Carter 
  • Audio Assistant: Hannah Gluvna
  • Production Assistant/Photographer: Michael Zamora 
  • Tiny Desk Team: Suraya Mohamed, Joshua Bryant, Hazel Cills, Kara Frame, Ashley Pointer
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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