Josh Preston review…January 3, 2017….

JOSH PRESTON

JOSH PRESTON

ME AND THE MACHINE RECORDS

I’LL BE AROUND–BEEN SO LOW–THE HUMAN CONDITION–THE EVENING THE WORLD WAS FILLED WITH LOVE–BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE–LUCKIEST OF LOSERS–WHEN THE INTERNET GOES OUT–WHITE TRASH WEDDING VOWS

Guitarist, vocalist, and composer Josh Preston is known for his more folk-oriented albums, but his latest, self-titled effort is surprisingly-soulful, featuring eight witty and clever songs guaranteed to make you smile as you ponder his looks at life.

Josh leads off with a “love story” of sorts, reassuring a lover that, even when “your deal with the Devil has been approved, I’ll Be Around.”  Next up, he echoes the feelings of many of us in 2016—“I’ve Been So Low for so long, it;s about time I got high!”  Astute listeners might pick up on the Garcia-esque guitar break around the two-minute mark.  He tackles the drudgery of dead-end jobs in “Best Years Of My Life,” and closes the set with a tongue-in-cheek look at love and marriage, “White Trash Wedding Vows,” where “if you break my heart, I’ll break your neck!”

Our favorite was a humorous look at the world’s religions, with a message of hope for us all.  Taking a jab at everyone from Zeus to L. Ron Hubbard, it’s all about “The Evening The World Was Filled With Love!”

Josh Preston recently played the Bluebird Cafe and The Music City Roots After Show in Franklin, with stops in Memphis at the Hard Rock and the Blue Canoe in Tupelo.  This is a strong set full of fine musicianship and clever, well-crafted songs!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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