I have a new record coming next year and I’ll be touring in Europe in April and May to promote it.
This record is a completely new, original and exciting record. 11 tracks, all original. All recorded completely live(except for the vocals). Every song was me, Calvin Turner-Bass and Lemar Carter-Drums, set up in the same room and tracking live. All solos are live. No overdubbed guitar parts.
We have amazing guests on this record(also live). Joe Bonamassa joins me for 7 minutes of guitar sparring on a new original called “Over Your Head”. Charlie Musselwhite adds his legendary harmonica(what on honor) to a straight Chicago blues style original called “You’ll Find Love” and my best friend Kirk Fletcher and I had a blast paying tribute to our heroes on the albums lone instrumental, the new original track “And What?”.
I’m doing a new weekly gig on sundays at the Brig in Venice beach. 6-9pm with no cover. 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Its a trio Joel Taylor, Gary Novak or Lemar Carter on Drums and Travis Carlton or Calvin turner on Bass with a guest 4th piece every week. We started 2 weeks ago and had Kirk Fletcher and Scott Henderson. Here is the lineup for the next few weeks, as you can see some amazing friends are coming:
Tomorrow 7/20 – Jeff Young – organ/vocals
7/27 – Toshi Yanagi – Guitar
8/3 – Joe Bonamassa – Guitar
8/10 – TBA
8/17 – Michael Landau – Guitar
A new pedalboard is being born right now. I’ve been planning this one for a while now. My good friend Mason at Vertex Effects Systems has received all my gear and mocked everything up for me and now we are ready for him to do his magic. Most you have seen my current amazing board Mason did. Its so powerful and so compact. I knew I wanted to make a board that would be a little bigger that would incorporate some of the capabilities I loved having in my Bradshaw rig. I couldn’t find the right small switcher with 10 loops and instant access switches anywhere until I found the amazing One Control Crocodile Tail looper. It has all the features and is pretty small. Now I can do midi switching and presets while still having instant access mode in a switcher with 10 loops…..so awesome!!
The pedal lineup for this board has some old standby’s and some new favorites. The chain will be as follows:
Vertex Interface w/Buffer and Master Bypass>One Control>loop 1 Lovepedal Believe Octave>loop 2 Lovepedal Silicon Fuzzmaster>loop 3 Lovepedal Tchula(of course, I can’t leave home without this)>loop 4 Interface patch in loop for Wah or any internal effect>loop 5 Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret>loop 6 MXR Phase 45>loop 7 Rockett JS Dual Trem(of course!)>loop 8 Catalinbread Echorec(amazing pedal, best new pedal I’ve gotten in a long time)>loop 9&10 Eventide H9 in stereo(This thing is amazing)>Back to Interface>Stereo out to amps
All powered by a Voodoo Labs 4×4 and a custom Vertex Batter box so I can use carbon batteries for the 4 dirt pedals. Can’t Wait!!!!!!!
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Josh has been getting some rave reviews from his European tour this past November. Check out what people have had to say!
AN OUTSTANDING CONCERT
“… the great discovery of the Lucerne Blues Festivals 2012 is called Josh Smith. Live on stage, the musician from California presented his haunting songs, produced in a highly contemporary style … on his album “Don’t Give Up On Me,” considerably more earthy, bluesy and dynamic, sending his audience into raptures with his carefree attitude and freshness. Haunting wind section parts, a tough rhythm section and Smith’s dynamic, emotional guitar were the ingredients of an outstanding concert.
JOSH SMITH AND BAND DELIVER BRAZENLY CONFIDENT PERFORMANCE
… Josh Smith is rightly considered one of the most diverse blues rock guitarists and one of the great discoveries of recent years. … His sharply accentuated single-note style is perfection, his fingers flying across the six strings in his technically accomplished style … Music with the kind of power and attitude that is difficult to find these days.… Josh Smith proves that blues music is still very much alive. If this man was a parish priest – his church would definitely be full every Sunday. An amazingly confident performance!
WIESBADENER TAGBLATT, HERBERT HEIL, 24 Nov 2012
TO CUT A LONG STORY SHORT: DAMNED GOOD!
As a string artist, Smith operates in a class of his own, casting a spell with his total grasp of melodies and unexpectedly harmonic turns, as well as a clear and precise Telecaster sound which has no peer, never allowing a minute’s boredom even in extended solo passages. … if the future of guitar music sounds like Smith’s Tele and Morgan amps, there’s no reason to worry about the coming years.
hooked-on-music.de, Frank Ipach, 20 Nov 2012
Testing the new blog feature!! NAMM starts tomorrow in Anaheim. Any friends or musicians who want to say or hang, I’ll be the Eminence speakers booth everyday!! Tomorrow night I’m also playing a gig at Bootleggers Brewery in Fullerton. 6-10 pm for my friends at Morgan amps. Its gonna be a blast!
Wouldn’t you love to see Josh play Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival this April in NYC? I know we would! You can help make this dream a reality! Click here to go to Josh’s page on the Crossroads Festival site. Then listen to the music on that page, add your name for support, leave a comment on the page using your Facebook account and like Josh’s page on Facebook! Every listen, every like, every comment will put him one step closer to this opportunity. He needs to be in the Top 100 to have a chance to win, and we’re inching closer to that goal. Show your support and, of course, share it with your friends! Post the link to Facebook, tweet it, whatever you need to do to get the word out – we want to see Josh play the Crossroads Festival!