Boise – The Crux

You all know me. I rarely exaggerate. So when I say that tonight was AMAZING, know that it was exactly that.

I got to Boise (pronounced Boy-Cee… Not Boy-zee… Just so you know….) around 11am. The goal was to get there by 2, but I didn’t get as much sleep as I had hoped, so I got there early. The drive was pretty exciting, but scary as well. Anywhere named “Deadman’s Pass” is gonna put chills in my spine… I slept at a rest stop for a bit, but the sun killed my sleep. Boo.

When I got to Boise I ran into Walmart to get some odds and ends. Boise State’s football team was playing, and everyone was proudly wearing their Blue and Orange. I tried to be funny, and asked the Walmart worker if they had any Boise State shirts in other colors. She looked at me like I was an idiot… That was a new low for me…

I got to do an interview on Radio Boise, an independent radio station on Main St. I played “Just Let Me Love You” and “Pocket Change” and Wayne was awesome. Thanks to everyone who tuned in!

I had about 4 hours to kill, so I took my car to a spot in the shade and slept for a couple of hours before getting to The Crux.

I played with Mt. Joy and The Fiddle Junkies. Both of them were fantastic and I loved their sets. Everyone was incredibly kind and attentive and my set was so much fun because of it. Ten Gallon Cat helped promote and book the show and I can’t recommend any promoters more than her!

Tomorrow, I’m in Denver, which is 12 hours and a time change away. I’m hoping to get about halfway before napping, but I can tell its going to be a struggle. I’ll be playing with Katey Laurel and Rachel James at the Walnut Room, and if you know anyone in Denver, please send them out!

Go visit Boise. It’ll be hard to leave.
-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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