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by Josh Smith

"Inception" is an all instrumental guitar record featuring a range of styles from Rock to Jazz, Soul and Blues!!
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Inception
3:50 $0.99
2. Just Within Reach
7:16 $0.99
3. Looking Ahead
4:26 $0.99
4. Propulsion
2:36 $0.99
5. Drown In My Own Tears
4:55 $0.99
6. Penance
6:35 $0.99
7. Triple J Hoedown
6:52 $0.99
8. Fulfillment
4:03 $0.99
9. Canyon
5:55 $0.99
10. Hairflip
4:20 $0.99
11. Bemsha Swing
4:52 $0.99
12. Niki
7:07 $0.99
13. Resolution
6:18 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"Inception" Is Josh Smith's 6th album and first all instrumental release. It's a diverse guitar based album featruring a wide range of styles and great musicians and perfomances. Featuring 11 original compositions by Josh along with covers of the old Monk standard " Bemsha Swing " and the Ray Charles gem " Drown In My Own Tears ".

Josh is joined by Gary Novak on drums, Chris Chaney and Travis Carlton on Bass, Deron Johnson on Keys, Brian Gallagher and Lee Thornburg on horns, and Kenneth Crouch on Wurlitzer.

Josh's close friends and bandmates Felix Pollard(Drums), Al Carty(Bass)and Brian Gallagher(Sax) from the Taylor Hicks band join him on track 10, " Hairflip ".

Close friend and one of Josh's heroes Michael Landau guests on Guitar on track 12, " Niki ". Josh and Mike trade choruses at the end!

The record was mixed by Lior Goldenberg.



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Inception is Exceptional
I received my CD from CDbaby as soon as Inception was released. GREAT service and i'm so glad your company supports great artists like Josh Smith.
This CD is so unique. It's jazzy, bluesy and intelligent. Josh is a master guitarist who should be heard! I've seen him perform at least a dozen times and this latest work is really representative of who he is as an artist. Talented, intelligent and most of all he is a master at getting that guitar to sing to his audience. Highly recommend 'Deep Roots' too.

Tish Pomykal

Great Instrumental Rock album
This is a wonderful instrumental rock album, but it's not just rock. Josh Smith has created an album with rock, blues, jazz and even a little bit of bluegrass. It's great for chillin' or for road trips, morning, noon, and night.


Inception - More than just a beginning
Yes, the instrumentals on this cd are oustanding, and Josh's technical skills are on display across an unexpectedly broad range of genres. The man can just plain play.

However, technique is not what sold me on this album. It's the emotional maturity and content of these original songs that has me hitting the replay button. Somehow, whether the influence is country, soul, rock, or blues, Josh is able to infuse each song with an emotion that feels honest and true.

I don't think that maturity like this comes at the beginning; I think a better title for this album would be "Arrived".