Arizona Midday, RyanHood and the Rhythm Room!!!

Trevor took this photo while watching the interview. It’s so nice having your best friend hang out while on tour. 🙂

I have to say that the staff at Arizona Midday were some of the nicest people I have ever met… especially considering how we met… 😛

So in 2007, I was driving up to do a show with my buddy Xavier, a Phoenix promoter, and a absolutely great guy. He had mentioned NBC’s “Arizona Midday”, and for some reason I thought I was supposed to play for them after the conversation… thing is… I wasn’t…

So I pull up to the station and get in the parking lot. I unload my gear, and walk into the studio. The sound guy starts talking to me and says… “You know… this is kinda funny… we don’t have you on our schedule…” I look at him puzzled and say, “Is there a producer I should talk to?”

He calls her, and she comes down. She’s gorgeous, and graceful, almost like Grace Kelly, and she tells me, “I’m sorry… I don’t know why you thought you were supposed to be here…” I mention Xavier, and she says, “I know him, but we never talked about you…”

I’m super embarrassed and give her my card and my cd, tell her a list of my accomplishments, and head out to a coffee shop.

2 hours later I get a phone call from her saying, “Hi Josh, I checked out your stuff, and I was wondering if we’d be able to record you and play you later during the year…” My jaw dropped. I told everyone at the studio that sometimes it pays to be stupid. 😀

Tonight’s show with RyanHood at The Rhythm Room is going to be the biggest show I’ve played in Phoenix so far, and it’s so awesome to see things grow. I forget sometimes why I choose to do music, but it’s days like today that make it all worth it.

Huge thanks to Danielle and everyone over at the Arizona Midday show! See the rest of you at the Rhythm Room tonight!

-j

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About Joshua Lodge

Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses and clubs. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way. After a traumatic family incident Josh 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, 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 EP, 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, Josh spent much of the year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his album I Will Be There out now on Randm Records. From the joyous encouragement of “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. 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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