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Pholksinger Josh & Friends

Born in Austell, GA and based near Asheville, NC by way of Athens, GA, Pholksinger Josh has been performing original acoustic material since 2005. Its lyric-driven country/folk music, with acoustic guitar, blues harmonica, & clawhammer banjo. He sings about the south, lost love & radical politics, sometimes throwing in a scream, swear, hoot and/or holler. Its raw, dirty, sweet, sappy, bitter

He began performing at venues around the Northern parts of Atlanta while still in high school, with weekly gigs at Winan’s Coffeehouse in Sandy Springs. He then became a regularly featured performer at Ragamuffin Music Hall in Roswell, as well as a stagehand/sound guy/doorman/music coach for the spot. Often in these shows, Josh would perform as a duo with singer-songwriter Byron Adams. In the summer of 2007 Josh recorded his debut album “Southern Dirt” at Ragamuffin, which was released in the fall, upon moving to Athens, GA to attend UGA.

In Athens, "yer friendly neighborhood folksinger" established himself as a regular, recurring performer- playing at local bars, clubs, restaurants, charity events, rallies, protests, festivals, university events, radio stations, house parties, and pickin' circles. Some of his performances are solo, but through his years in Athens, Josh often performed with close friend Andrew Small as “Pholksinger Josh & the Andrew Small band” adding Andy’s virtuoso upbright bass and old-time fiddle chops to the mix (they also played under the band name “Carolina Ridge”). Hannah Samet often joins on fiddle and harmony vocals. More recently Josh has played shows in Atlanta with Zachary Hennessee on drums. Josh is also a member of Art Rosenbaum’s “Around the Globe Seas Chantey Singers” a group of art students and Athens ne’r do wells who get together to sing salty, maritime work songs of the sea. You can hear Josh's voice and guitar on the album “Let the Bulgine Run.”

In spring of 2011, Josh released his sophomore album “Watermelon Mountain,” under the artist name “Pholksinger Josh and Friends.” Many of the tunes feature a 7-piece country band composed of Andrew Small (Jim White, Yale School of Music), Hannah Samet (Grinnin’ Bear), Ian & Zach Hennessee (Crumbling Arches), and North Carolina’s Clay Pittman and Elias Cooper (Secondhand Corduroy).
The album was produced and engineered by Zeke Sayer, frontman of the Humms and operator of Gypsy Farm Studios @ Clem's Shoal Creek Music Park.
Clay and Josh toured around North Carolina to support the record shortly after its release.

Josh now lives in Brevard, NC outside of Asheville, where he works at an outdoors based boarding school called the Outdoor Academy. He's recently been playing shows around Western North Carolina with friend/neighbor/coworker Hannah Levin. He will be out in California this summer and touring from Asheville to San Francisco in May..

Outside of music Josh enjoys summer camp, radical activism and organizing (worker/education/immigration rights), the outdoors, cultural anthropology, terrible puns, history and puppy dogs.