September 15, 2009

Til the good lord comes, and we all walk free

joshua-james

My friend sent this song out to a few of us music pals, saying that he heard tones of Paul Simon all over these vocals — and of course I am a complete and thorough sucker for any of these soul-churning, boot-stomping, country gospel church overtones.

Joshua James is bred in Nebraska and currently inhabiting the rugged Utah landscape, developing solidly as an artist through a handful of albums and EPs over the last few years. This is the first sample I’ve heard from the forthcoming Build Me This, out 9/22 through Intelligent Noise.

After the stressful day I had today, and the unrelenting rain that ushers in that undoubtable mercury-drop of autumn, this song makes me feel a rush of heat and a stirring of the soul.

Coal War – Joshua James

Stomp. Clap. Stomp. Clap.



Extensive fall tour dates listed here; some with Cory Chisel.
(Denver date is Sept 21st at the Walnut Room)

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6 Comments »

  • You can buy it now on iTunes. I’ve pretty much worn my copy out already. It’s really good.

    KAC — September 15, 2009 @ 10:57 pm

  • Just ordered vinyl copies of both albums here

    http://joshuajames.bigcartel.com/

    john — September 16, 2009 @ 4:57 am

  • Well, not quite the first sample (I posted “Magazine” last month), but still very good. ;) I’m glad to see this album getting more press now, it’s one of my favorites of the year.

    muruch — September 16, 2009 @ 9:26 am

  • Gorgeous, harmonizing vocals. I’m going to have to give the rest of his album a listen.

    YFH — September 17, 2009 @ 7:07 pm

  • I saw this kid open up for Ben Harper & Relentless 7 last night. I was pretty impressed; he was able to keep an antsy & talkative crowd entertained(during Ben’s extended acoustic set he said last night was the first time in 15 years he’s ever asked a crowd to keep the talking to a minimum).

    Honest Abe — September 18, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

  • Words cannot adequately express how much I love this song!

    Jodie — October 14, 2009 @ 7:28 am

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