I’m a huge fan of Joshua James. He’s probably my favorite folk style singer of the decade and it boggles my mind that he isn’t more popular. Search through my blog and you can find some cool songs of his or just go to spotify or rdio and stream whatever they have (or buy it on itunes).
BYUtv did a pretty cool tv episode on him where he talks a whole lot about his farm animals. His outlook on life is so beautiful. Makes me wish I could escape from the insanity of LA, move out to the countryside, get myself some goats and live life for love, not for money.
Joshua James’ new album, Build Me This, was just released on iTunes this past Tuesday (it will be available everywhere on the 22nd). I’ve been a fan of Joshua since I first discovered his first album The Sun Is Always Brighter a few years ago. I have blogged about him before and thats because i’m simply in love with his music. It’s folk music with a singer/songwriter appeal to it and his voice combined with his lyrics combined with his melodies is one of the most winning combos i’ve ever come across.
While James’ first album was a barebones, nearly acoustic effort that really featured his voice, this new album brings every emotion in his songs to a new level, and makes it an easy contender for my favorite album of the year. Over the past couple of years, James has slowly introduced the electric guitar into his set that now includes a full band and this record embraces that new rock and roll spirit in songs like Mother Mary or Black July, but it still has those incredibly soft spoken pieces that made me fall for his music in the first place.
I heard someone say once that the greatest of songs can make you both sad and happy at the same time. Joshua James’ new album cries with every word, yet leaves you wanting more and more and more.
The album is only available on iTunes right now and it comes with a few awesome bonus tracks as well as a truly beautiful music video for the song Weeds. I HIGHLY recommend this album as I haven’t stopped listening for two days.
I’ve decided to finally start blogging about music that I like. I’ve got pretty eclectic taste I guess, so things will definitely vary.
For my first post I thought I’d put one of my absolute favorite undiscovered singer/songwriters, a guy by the name of Joshua James. He hails from the state of Nebraska, mostly known for their corn rather than their music, but he brings with him an incredible folk earnestness that shows in his music. His first couple of albums and EPs were rather mellow, but in the way that sucks you in. His high pitched raspy voice is touching and hard to resist. The way he exudes power through his melody is incredible. I’ve included two videos below, one being a take on one of my favorite mellow songs of his, FM Radio and the second being a newer song that brings some rock into his repertoire. I’m excited for his new album which comes out in late September as it should contain a lot of cuts that show off the new rock edge that he has been enacting in concert.