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Sunday 03 June 2018

England Native & Folk-Singer Josh Okeefe Found His Muse In Nashville & Delivers Results @ Komedia Brighton

On his ongoing quest to pen songs founded on substance, Brighton-bound songsmith Josh Okeefe put in an emotional performance at Grenfell Tower's Wall of Truth (a public space collating first hand accounts, facts, testimonies and statements created by and for members of the community affected). 
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Josh also performed at a gathering for Black Lives in Tennessee, which, along with Grenfell Tower's Wall of Truth, have been hard-hitting and inspirational new chapters in the singer's own living songbook.

Often compared to the likes of Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, Josh is a worthy bearer of the torch lit by such folk legends who have gone before him. 

Like his heroes, he is an artist who prefers to let the songs do the talking, an enigmatic character with a penchant for the unpredictable. So what can we expect from Josh's upcoming visit to Brighton?

"Who knows? We will have to wait and see. One thing I do know is that there ain't nothing better than playing music for folks, especially in the UK."

In 2012, Derby, England native and folk-singer Josh Okeefe dropped out of school, traveled across the Atlantic and arrived in Nashville, TN in search of the places his idols Hank Williams and Johnny Cash once graced. 


He became a regular in the rock and roll clubs on the east side and the legendary honky-tonks on Lower Broadway; met a host of other musicians and began writing songs at an astonishing pace.

Over a couple of nights in his 350 sq. ft Tennessee log cabin Okeefe recorded his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album with just a borrowed RCA Microphone from the 1960's that vibrated its diaphragm and carbon to the to the voices of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Guy Clark, and other towering specters of country music. and an Ampex 2-track Tape Machine which Okeefe purchased from JJ Cale's estate for $100.

With rumours of a new album in the works it seems the singer is keeping his cards close to chest for the time being, our only taster of what may appear on the record Josh's incredibly moving Grenfell Tower Fire video that emerged online earlier this year and as yet unreleased track I Won't Let You Down.

However, those who have already seen Josh performing in the flesh from his former visits here will know to expect a stripped back acoustic set when he visits Komedia Brighton.

Josh Okeefe, with Lindi Ortega, play Komedia Brighton on Tuesday 12th June 2018. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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