LA to Phoenix (Day 2)

Picture by Aaron Kaiser

Picture by Aaron Kaiser

Tonight I’m playing at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix (at 6:30 all ages!!! Hope you can come!!!)

So the show in LA was easily the best attended show I’ve played in Los Angeles so far! I guess it proves that moving somewhere really does help your draw… 😛 I played Joel Eckel’s Room 5 songwriter round with Leslie Lowe and Nick Bearden. I love playing songwriter’s rounds cause it’s simply 4 writers playing their “greatest hits”, like a mix tape of great songs! 🙂 I saw sooo many friends at the show that night, including Mark Strickland, Nina Storey, Kate Grady(SESAC – LOVE her!), Had Done, Michelle and Bryce Hitchcock, My bff Rachel Wilde, Aaron Kaiser, Lina, James Biskey, Amber, Ruby Cantu (and all of her friends!!!), LJ Howsky, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin was Mackin!!! I should have a new slogan… “Come to Damigo’s Show and get hit on by a celebrity!!!) and a few other lovable peeps. 😀
Before the gig, I chilled with my boy Stepchylde the Phoenix at Sussina’s Bakery. We talked about life and the things we had coming up, and will probably be getting together to write soon. I love Step. He’s mostly positive and always gives great advice. We jumped in my car, parked at Room 5, and took my equipment up to the venue.
As I was walking on stage, Scott Goldbaum was packing up his stuff and we talked for a second. He said, “Hey man, we have a mutual friend!” I said, “Really? Who’s that?” And he proceeded to mention my ex-“whatever-you-call-it”. I kinda just laughed at the awkwardness, and told him how I knew her. Then he laughed at it, but he seems like a genuinely nice guy, and I look forward to chillin with him in the future.
The thing about being a singer-songwriter is that normally you are emotional, and having someone that meant so much to you being mentioned before a gig that you’re about to play a dozen songs about her can make your show MUCH more enjoyable for the fans. (Because the “band-aid” on your “lovewound” has just been ripped off and is showing…) It’s also funny, because I swear that her ghost regularly floats around Room 5. I always see short little blonde girls without a single hair out of place in that room, and always think it’s her… Sigh… 😛
So I work until 2:00 today, and then I’m driving out to Phoenix. I’ll be playing on Phoenix’s NBC station around 11:00 on their Midday show. (I’ve got a funny story that I’ll share later today about how I met the peeps at Phoenix’s station.) But tonight is gonna be about hanging out with my boy, Trevor, one of my best friends, and a guy who knew me back when I wrote some of my first songs. (Including Pocket Change.)
Hope you guys have a great day, and I hope to see you on the road! 😀


About Josh Damigo

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. After a traumatic family incident, Damigo retreated inward, and he ended up writing what would ultimately become his breakout debut, Raw. The album was true to its name and people noticed - Josh picked up two San Diego Music Awards for “Best Acoustic” and “Best Local Recording,” opened for the likes of Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, Eric Hutchinson, and Matt Nathanson, and had enough money and momentum to tour the country a few times over. A few years after Raw, there was his third release, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Damigo spent much of year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his latest album, "Just Give Me a Call", available now, on Randm Records. From the up-tempo single, “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all.
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