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Showing posts with label The Josh Garrett Band. Show all posts
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Honey For My Queen - The Josh Garrett Band - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Honey For My Queen, from the Josh Garrett Band and it's deceptively hot! Opening with title track, Honey For My Queen, Garrett crafts a smooth southern pop track with a dash of country. Accompanied by Clay White on harp, and CR Gruver on keys, this track will make a solid radio track. Memphis has a laid back feel and continues with a rural easiness. Same Boat gets moving into a R&B slot and features James Johnson on guitar. With the fluidity and unpredictability of Mark Knopfler, intelligent guitar riffs flow nicely. Goodnight, Goodnight is a nice acoustic number with a blues flavor featuring Garrett on vocal and resonator and White on harp. Instrumental track, Slide in "G", starts the avalanche with it's driving beat and White's harping playing off of Garrett on slide and Gruver on keys. Easy Chair is a modern day "Help Me" blues with a nice groove and B3 cushion. Garrett really turns on the guitar heat on this track and it should make you sit back and pay attention. Whole Bottle Of Whine is another track built over a blues riff with a cool funky groove added over the top. Garrett explores another facet of guitar with a bit of chicken pickin and a few jazz riffs. Cool! My favorite track on the release, Ain't Nobody's Business, sets straight any thoughts about Garrett's blues chops. A nicely executed blues cover with excellent feel, this track is smokin! Dat's Alright With Me, is full out train style country rocker. Following the format of the Blues Is Alright or That's Alright Mama, this track takes full advantage of it's country rock roots with slick guitar riffs, Waylon Thibodeaux on fiddle and cool vocals. Wrapping the release is Moonshine and Cigarettes with it's new Orleans gait. Almost like a cakewalk delivering the happy spirits at the end of a long day, this track carries a summary of great music and instrumentals to the end. Very nice!

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Damn Shame - The Josh Garrett Band

Josh Garrett is a Blues singer and guitar player from New Roads, LA. He and his family relocated to the bayou town of Houma, LA (Terrebonne Parish) when he was a young child. While growing up in Houma, Josh was exposed to Cajun, Zydeco, and Blues music at the local music festivals. He picked up his father’s guitar when he was 12 years old and started writing songs soon after.

By age 20, he was performing several times a week in downtown Houma, LA. At age 24, Garrett was deployed with the Army to Iraq, and his music interests were put on hold for a while. Early in his 26th year he returned to the United States and civilian life with a handful of songs that were written during his deployment overseas. These songs would become his first album entitled, “Changed Man”.

Garrett then started to travel regionally with his band (then known as the “Bottomline”) to promote his new album. In late 2008, he relocated to Nashville, TN, under contract to perform three nights a week at a club on Historic Printer's Alley. While there he recorded his second album, “Live on Printer’s Alley” - a double live album released November 20, 2009.

In 2010, Garrett returned to Louisiana, and began work on his third album, "String of Problems”. He says about his return, “I was rejuvenated by moving back to Louisiana; I love it here so much. It’s my home. My family is here. My life is here. I think the music on the record reflects that.” The album, “String of Problems” was released by The Josh Garrett Band in August of 2011.

“I feel like I’m at the beginning of my career. There’s a lot more for me to do, a lot more places to go, a lot more shows to play, and a lot more albums to record.” Josh Garrett has become known for his soulful vocals, emotional guitar work, and that "flavor" that only comes from those with Louisiana in their blood.
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