Day 9 – #HOPEtour (Philly, Driving, and Memories)

Got into Philly with a good amount of time to rest before the show. Found a relatively cheap place to stay, but it was about 40 minutes from them venue, and in kind of a ghetto area, but it was super comfy, and may have been the best sleep I got on tour.

The Grape Room in Philly was awesome. Everyone treated me great, and Skyler, who came to the Toledo show as well, said that it sounded “Just as good as the Cd!” Jeff, my manager said they were great to work with and were always the first to email him back on this tour. When a venue goes out of their way to make you comfortable, it makes me want to be loyal and come back. Definitely my new stop in Philly.

I didn’t know anyone there, but Lauren came out with her sister and her friend and hung out with me the whole night. It was her Birthday! And you can go and do a lot of things on your birthday, but coming to my show was super sweet!

The next morning, I drove 13 hours to Salisbury, NC, because my old singing group from College was performing at a high school. I went to a small Christian College for my Freshman year. It was a really tough year, but being on the singing team was one of the highlights. I didn’t make a ton of friends, and the friends I did make didn’t really stick. My girlfriend, Cassie, and I would break up that year, my family would have a lot of issues back home, and I’d feel powerless most of the year to do anything. Music was kind of my only escape. I learned a ton, and it was a great year of growth, but I got stuck in my head, and I don’t know if I was ever really myself at that school. We had 86 students, and that made it pretty drama-full.

A lot of those memories came flooding back when I rolled down my window at 6:00 am in Florida on Saturday morning. The air, the humidity, even the smell just brought everything from 10 years ago back.

Gonna visit the school for a little today, and I’m sure that’ll be a little tough as well, but I’m excited to play at Sacred Grounds in Tampa tonight! If you know anyone in Tampa, send them out! Show starts at 8!

-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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