Joshua James: RadioPotato.com Interview
I never knew Nebraska to be a hotbed for music, but apparently, I needed to be schooled. Compared to rock legends like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, the 26-year old singer songwriter, Joshua James hailing from Lincoln, NE has been catching praise from some of the music industry’s most respected critics and is gaining quite a cult following.
His release of the pop-infused The Sun Is Always Brighter reached #1 on iTunes’ Folk Album list in 2007. Paste Magazine named him one of their coveted honors of the “Next 25 Artists You Need To Know” in September 2008. Joshua has been public about how his first album wasn’t as genuine as he would have liked and headed back to the studio to record his second album, the darker Build Me This, which was released September 8, 2009 on Northplatte Records. Paste Magazine dubbed the album “phenomenal.” iTunes also named Build Me This one of the “Best of 2009” singer/songwriter albums.
This folk artist known for singing deep “unavoidably catchy feel-bad songs” was prime for an interview with RadioPotato.com. When I interviewed him, he was shy and soft-spoken. It was obvious he was uncomfortable with his growing fame but felt very convicted about his questions around damnation and salvation. Growing up in a close-knit but very strict religious family, Joshua wasn’t allowed to listen to rock music and would often rebel by sneaking out and causing mischief.
As low-key and understated as he was during our conversation, his performance onstage at 99x’s Unplugged in the Park summer concert series showed a completely different side. Joshua live is an electrifying experience filled with rage and passion. Almost as if he’s unleashing pent-up anger, he would sing so hard he’d be on his toes, veins popping out of his forehead, and rock the hell out of his songs.
This also is my debut video interview so please go easy on me and support Joshua James instead. 🙂
Joshua James Interview:
Video edited by Jake Cook.
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