Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his homemade EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way.
Austin Davis was fortunate enough to have been able to study basic to very advanced techniques with both Kerry Jones and Alan Munde. From single string practices to jazz in bluegrass a form, he soaked in as much as he could before joining the Josh Abbott Band. As a founding member, he has enjoyed trying to incorporate different styles of banjo into country music.
Multi-instrumentalist, New Zealand born Keith Urban was raised in Australia. Though best known for his acoustic and electric guitar playing, he also plays 6-string banjo, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, sitar, bousouki and drums. In 1992 Keith moved to America, worked briefly as a session guitarist in Nashville before founding his first band called The Ranch. From 1999 forward, he has had a string of hit singles and albums, and in 2002 he won his first Grammy Award for "You'll Think of Me" from his "Golden Road" album under the Capitol Record label. In 2001 he won the Top New Male VocalistAward at the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Associations Horizon Award. For Keith Urban’s sixth studio album, Get Closer, the singer-songwriter dives even deeper into the explorations of love and relationships that have established him as one of the world's biggest country music stars—while also extending his rock & roll side, as his hard-charging guitar work reaches new heights. The album is the follow-up to 2009's Grammy-winning and platinum selling Defying Gravity, which entered Billboard's pop and country charts at Number One, and spun off five Top Ten hits, including the chart-toppers "Sweet Thing" and "Only You Can Love Me This Way."
The first banjo music that I ever heard was as a kid. That strange Philadelphia phenomenon called the String Band, as in MUMMERS. (See my essay, A Trip Back Home at josephsbonsall.com.) One hundred guys wearing feathers and strumming banjos is quite an assault and, although I got a kick out of the pomp and fun of these groups as a child, I never aspired to put on a pair of purple tights and a headdress and march down Market Street strumming my brains out.
After listening to Same Trailer Different Park, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s first album for Mercury Records, it’s clear that this is a girl who has something to say. A true language artist, Kacey nimbly spins webs of words to create the quirky puns, shrewd metaphors, and steely ironies that fill the record.