The Leelanau Community Cultural Center is delighted to welcome Voice finalist and Leelanau County resident Joshua Davis to the Old Art Building stage for An Evening with Joshua Davis on December 1 at 8 pm. Joshua, in a “Josh only” show, will share heart felt stories of family, friends and traveling on the road interspersed with original and cover songs. Tickets for this event will be $20 and will be available at MyNorthTicket.com or by calling 231-256-2131.
In July Joshua Davis released Second Hand. A collection of covers that had been an idea on his mind for quite some time. After pouring everything into his last album The Way Back Home, it felt like the right time. He brought in old friends Mike Lynch, Michael Shimmin and Drew Howard. In one-of-a-kind all-analog studio, The Goon Lagoon they rolled the tape. . .no computer screens, no auto-tune. . . just one or two takes, just unprocessed music in a beautiful room.
“The music that moves me is imperfect, honest and raw. Those qualities are what turned me on to Delta blues, to punk rock, to old soul and traditional music from all over the globe. It’s all about feel. It’s ragged but right.
It was an important moment for me to take a step back and remember why I love music so much. That feeling when a song hits you in the gut, gives you goosebumps, makes you think, makes you cry. On Secondhand, songs from friends Jen Sygit and David Fetzer sit alongside tunes from some of my other favorites like Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and St. Vincent. These are songs that I love.
This project served as a reminder to me that what I value – and not only in music – is not perfection, but heart, hard work and community. From my heart to yours, I hope that these songs will speak to you in a familiar way.”
Joshua Davis released The Way Back Home, on September 8, 2017. The Way Back Home, produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, is Davis’ latest full-length studio album and first since his 2015 appearances as a Top 3 finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” (season 8). The 11 original Americana songs featured on The Way Back Home reflect an honest, hardworking family man scribing scenes of the cycle of life through dark, broken, hopeful, and triumphant times.
A tried and true Michigan musician, with an upbringing that occupied the urban landscapes of Detroit while spending summers in the wilderness in Marquette, MI brings into view the backdrop of Davis’ latest works. The Way Back Home follows a series of singular recordings by the prolific songwriter who has shared the stage with a “Who’s Who” of American folk music icons such as Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Greg Brown, and Abigail Washburn.
For more information about Joshua visit joshuadavismusic.com
This concert is sponsored in part by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Edmund F & Virginia B Ball Foundation. For more information visit oldartbuilding.com or call 231-256-2131.