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Josh Roberts & The Hinges
I first met Josh some years ago at a Musicians Guild function, my first impression of him as a person was that he is the nicest and easiest going guy you would want to meet! my first impression of him as an artist and musician was that he clearly understood his art form and the path he wanted it set upon. By studying his catalog of releases one thing resonates clear and true – Josh Roberts and his band of talented musicians are forever in the process of creating something uniquely individual and original. And it must be noted that this process of creation does not stop at recorded music but spills wholeheartedly over into their persona and their live show performances. I can only sum it up by simply stating if you go to a Josh Roberts and the Hinges show you are going to sweat! you are going to shout! you are going to be drawn in to the moment by a most captivating host as he takes you on a personally guided tour through sonic galleries of images and impressions taken from his very heart and soul.
Bio (from the press kit):
Josh Roberts and The Hinges formed in early 2005 in Columbia, SC and immediately began touring and recording. Embedded in their style of rock and roll are blues, country, punk and soul influences that link elegant harmonies with the raunchy guitar work of Josh Roberts. Their powerful sound is raw and uncompromising, creating new rock and roll anthems that leave their dedicated fans speechless…and sometimes exhausted, yet always wanting more. “I want to cross folk mystery with country and blues emotion and AC/DC power,” said Josh Roberts. “We want to make melting pot American music, real rock and roll music with the roots showing.”
Their first album, “The Sugar Bird Test” was released in September 2005. It’s a bash-it-out, live-in-the-studio rock record, with vocal parties and spontaneous songwriting. The album is largely a love letter from Josh to Leslie, mixed with some traditional folk themes. “The Sugar Bird Test” received excellent reviews for its ear-blowing guitar riffs and catchy, engaging choruses.
In 2007, the band released “My War Cry is Amor,” a cinematic, emotional and literary Thanksgiving dinner of rock. Although each song stands powerfully alone, this is truly an album, one that explores the dualities of man and God, love and war, and true life and death, all with virtuoso musicianship and the kind of happy accidents that made it exciting for the band to make and intriguing for fans to hear. Some songs were co-written by Ryan Monroe, a member of Band of Horses and Josh’s former band mate in Captain Easy.
Josh released a solo album titled “Are You Going to Eat That?” in 2008, which was recorded at Brakentracks in Columbia, SC and produced by Alan Moon. Josh had been doing solo/duo acoustic music for years, but had never released a proper record. Josh was joined in the studio by Larry Gornto (original Hinges drummer), Harris Gardner (mandolin), Dennis Steele (pedal steel), Alan Moon (bass), and Leslie Branham and Nicole Hagenmeyer (vocals).
Josh Roberts and the Hinges' new album, "Mighty Old Distance and Murky Old Time," is available now. Recorded in Columbia at Front End Audio off Rosewood Drive and produced by Alan Moon. Eight new cuts of incredible music from Josh and band which is receiving excellent reviews and generating both regional and national excitement as they take it on the road.
Josh Roberts has performed across the country from Denver to D.C. and has shared stages with artists as diverse as Band of Horses, Drive by Truckers, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Billy Joe Shaver, Dead Confederate, Robert Earle Keen, 2 Skinee J’s, JGB, Moonshine Still, Robert Randolph, Patrick Davis, Stockholm Syndrome, Angie Aparo, Leon Russell, Sevendust, Acoustic Syndicate, moe., 7 Mary 3, Five Eight, and many more.