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Nashville’s New Outlaw: Guitar Pickin’ & Fightin’ the Power

Songs of the Highway Chronicles the Travels & Tribulations from the Heart of Modern Americana

Music City is an outlaw town. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan & Willie Nelson, Josh Gray has begun planting his own roots in the heart of Americana-Nashville, TN. After three years in writing, Songs of the Highway debuts this April 16, 2019, setting the scene for progressive rebellion and lending a voice to the disenfranchised. On this 11-track LP, Josh Gray challenges the establishment and his listeners to act instead of acquiescing to circumstance.

Reminiscent of Music City’s pioneering revolutionaries, Songs of the Highway sheds light on modern social injustice and inequality in an increasingly self-absorbed society. 

Experimental Americana complements the album’s roots-rock appeal. Contemporary narratives, metaphors and poetry pair with Gray’s voice in a hypnotic baritone of self-reflection and social discourse. Inspired by such luminaries as Leonard Cohen, Josh Gray invites the audience on a journey of contemplation. Questioning the world and himself along the way.

Over 30,000 miles of rubber to road in 2015 alone, Josh Gray found himself playing bars, dives and venues across the East Coast. Hours of solitude would lead to finding inspiration at the crossroads. 

An old soul in a new age, Gray rallied fans in a 30-day Kickstarter campaign generated by the power of social media; raising almost $9,000 to help complete the project. Recorded at the renowned Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN Josh Gray called on the assistance of an all-star cast to bring Songs of the Highway to life. 

Produced by Drew Carroll (Promised Land Sound, The Deslondes) and mastered by John Baldwin (Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson). With additional production and mixing provided by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Margo Price). Larissa Maestro (Deer Tick, Eminem) lends her talents to shape a signature string arrangement for the standout protest anthem, Darkest Before the Dawn. 

It can be a lonely road to for a desperado but, Nashville’s newest outlaw has something to say about that, too. Songs of the Highway will be available on all major streaming platforms beginning April 16, 2019.


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