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You should be listening to Joshua James!

Joshua James is a singer/songwriter who uses his whispery, raspy voice to convey raw emotions that connects you to the music.  I don’t know if it is the distant beauty in his voice or the exposed lyrics that pull you in first.  His songs deal with the emblematic themes of life, love, loss, and they varying emotions that go with it. 

His music is built around three central parts; an acoustic guitar, his haunting, expressive vocals, and poignant lyrics.  He paints vivid and at times a deeply chilling, personal picture with his lyrics.  His narrative style offers characters that speak out to you. 

Upon returning from some time in South America, James began writing around nineteen and picked up his first guitar when he was twenty.  Now, in his early twenties, his debut “The Sun is Always Brighter” was released in 2006 and he currently has three albums to his credit, performed at both Sundance and SXSW, and has toured with John Mayer, David Gray, and Ani DiFranco.

Joshua James Discography

  • The Sun Is Always Brighter
  • B-Sides It’s Dark Outside
  • Build Me This

Top 5 Joshua James Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1. Tell My Pa (The Sun Is Always Brighter)
  2. Lovers Without Love (B-Sides It’s Dark Outside)
  3. Weeds (Build Me This)
  4. Mother Mary (Build Me This)
  5. Our Brother’s Blood (The Sun Is Always Brighter)

Check out Joshua James and let me know what you think.

Joshua James’ music is available is available on iTunes, record stores and www.joshuajames.tv.

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You should be listening to State Radio

State Radio is a sociopolitical Boston based trio that has three full length albums, a smattering of EP’s, and a few live albums to their credit.  Chad Urmston, formerly of Dispatch, is the singer and primary songwriter.  If you are a fan of the Showtime comedy “Weeds”, you might recognize their song “Keepsake”.   It appeared in the season three finale.

 In 2008, State Radio played a concert near the Democratic National Convention with another political band you might recognize, Rage Against the Machine.

 In addition to their music, State Radio started an activist group called “Calling All Crows” to inspire human rights and promote public service.  “Calling All Crows” was created to serve as State Radio’s platform for social action. And the band leads by example. Before every show in each town on tour, members of State Radio, its road crew, and local fans unite to create change through a service project, protest, teach-in, workshop, rally, or campaign event.

State Radio Discography

  • Us Against the Crown
  • Year of the Crow
  • Let It Go
  • The Barn Sessions
  • Peace Between Nations (EP)
  • Simmer Kane (EP)
  • Wicker Plane (EP)
  • Flag of the Shiners (EP)
  • Calling All Crows (EP)
  • Live at the SYNC

 Top 5 State Radio Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1. Camilo (Us Against the Crown)
  2. Democracy in Kind (Peace Between Nations)
  3. Gang of Thieves (Year of the Crown)
  4. Riddle in London Town (Us Against the Crown)
  5. Right Me Up (Us Against the Crown)

 I saw State Radio a few months back when they played Austin City Limits Music Festival.  There set was about an hour long and the energy and enthusiasm that they had was infectious.  Once they were done, they did a CD signing and fan session.  The cool thing about this was the amount of time they took with the fans and in particular, my fourteen year old son, who is a huge State Radio fan.  They signed his newly purchased CD, took a photo, and then posed again because I messed up the first one. They probably spent 3-4 minutes talking to him and just making him feel like he was part of their scene.  As this was his first concert, he was hooked and tells everyone how he “met the band”.

 Enjoy the music of State Radio and let me know what you think.  Check out their website www.stateradio.com

 State Radio’s music is available on iTunes, some record stores, and on their website www.stateradio.com

  Great music awaits!