I’m Gonna Puke!!!!!

So today may have been the best day of the tour thusfar. I woke up after a 9 hour nap and headed to a Starbucks in Boise. I worked there for a little bit and overheard some great conversations. One guy was obviously in charge of a start-up company and was explaining to the girl why he had to fire her boyfriend. (Daaaaaamnnnnn…) Then the lady sitting near me got a phone call and talked really loudly. She said, “I almost barfed!!!” And then we met eyes, and she apologized. I commented that saying, “I’m gonna puke!!!” Might be the best marketing tool for people to look at someone. (Is that why you clicked on this page??? Don’t lie… Winning. :-D)

So I went and hung out at the Rising Magazine offices for a little bit. (They are the ones who invited me to Boise, after all…) We did it all. We filmed me doing a couple new songs, took some pictures, talked music, got food, did laundry. 😀 If you haven’t yet checked them out, go to http://www.risingmag.com or follow them on twitter. @risingmagazine (P.S. Yes… I wrote this blog on the road…)

The girls in Boise are so hot! It was unreal. I’m sure they are all married or not interested in singer/songwriters. They probably all like mountain men and hikers and hippies… 😀 Oh well… I’m still looking. I may just stop in Boise to gawk at the women from now on. 😀

I haven’t sat through an open mic in a really long time. I was delightfully surprised at the one I attended at Pengilly’s tonight. Rebecca Scott was the host and she is a beautifully talented writer and guitar player. She reminded me of back in the day when Dr. Dave would play with everyone at Hot Java in Poway. The big difference is she played rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, and ran sound! Meghan played cajon for everyone that wanted her to, and KILLED!

I guess open mics are all the same. There’s the wanna be rocker who makes everyone churn, The old man playing classics, the young shy kid who’s more talented than the whole room combined, the super hot chicks that couldn’t hit a note if it was at point blank range! But they all come together in the most beautiful and glorious celebration of music every night. Hopes and dreams are floating all over the room and they’re so thick, you could cut them with a fork! It was so good to be around those artists tonight! I had a killer set, and Meg and Bec came up and played “Cougar” with me. (Don’t tell Deez….) 😀

Well, off to Moab now! See you at Eddie McStiff’s tomorrow night at 7! 😀

-j

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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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