People are noticing Josh
Lamkin. In fact, Josh recently won the prestigious 2001 Wildflower Festival
Performing Songwriter Competition in Dallas, Texas--one of only three winners
chosen from hundreds of the best artists from the USA and Canada. Josh was also
recently chosen as an Official Showcase Artist at the 2001 Southwest Regional
Folk Alliance, one of the nation's top music industry conferences. And as if that
weren't enough, Performing Songwriter magazine just issued a glowing review of
Lamkin's February 2001 release Good Again, touting boldly that "there are
few who could outwrite him." Part of the excitement that is beginning to
surround Josh Lamkin has to do with the fact that he has begun to emerge so quickly
from anonymity. With his graceful, insanely original songwriting style and a side-splitting
stage banter, Lamkin is earning himself a reputation as a shining light among
an already brilliant cast of singer/songwriters on the scene today. One review
of Josh's live performance said: "Lamkin really wants to tell the audience
what's up in this wacky world without diving into the murky waters of pretension.
He is able to articulate the mundane into something comedic and (at times) tragic.
It's not often that a solo act can enrapture my senses for two hours. Catch this
one if possible." Growing up in the suburban battlefields of Columbia, SC,
the middle kid in a family of eight, Josh first discovered his love for the stage
in--of all places--the classroom. "I was always getting in trouble for doing
something completely nuts, always trying to make someone laugh, always in and
out of detention. Drove my parents crazy," he recalls. But in college Josh
blossomed. It was at a small liberal arts college called Presbyterian College
that he first started learning guitar and began to hone his talent for writing.
He spent almost all of his waking hours consumed by his passion for writing and
music. During that time Josh had poems published in national literary magazines
such as The Lincoln Review, and helped open the college's first coffeehouse, where
he was a mainstay, hosting the open mic, booking and promoting concerts, and sometimes
sleeping. After graduating and wandering Europe, Africa, and the US for a couple
of years, Josh settled in Asheville, NC, where the rest, as they say.... Josh's
much anticipated debut album, Good Again, was released in February 2001 to rave
media reviews. His song "Kerouac's Advice" was selected to appear on
the 1999 UNCA Music Biz compilation album, which sold out at its release show.
He has appeared with such luminaries as Tom Prasada-Rao, Chris Rosser, David LaMotte,
Christine Kane, Pierce Pettis, and Richard Shindell.