Josh Buskirk, 32, has been playing guitar for audiences for half his life. His shows can range from cover choices of the Carter Family, to Mississippi John Hurt, to J..Bach, but of course the real kernel and majority are his original pieces. His love of guitar, especially the 12 string, really show through in his compositions. They are commonly dense yet often have a whistle-able tune, and are of a distinctly happy sound.
Josh's goal is to combine his love for American Primitive guitar with early 20th Century folk and blues, into one unique sound. With his influences ranging from Jim Reeves to Lou Reed, Leo Kottke and John Fahey to Herb Alpert. Gus Cannon's "Jug Stompers" , to Doc Watson, which is no small feat.
Self-taught, Josh's finger-picking style is a combination of all of these directions.
When Josh was 12, he saw Leo Kottke's performance on Austin City Limits and was immediately aware that for the first time, he was hearing 3 voices from one instrument. From then on, he began honing what those voices have to say.
Josh's biggest wish for the audience is to find something totally unique, inside of something that feels so familiar.
Josh's life is centered in music: from guitar luthery, to performing, to building tube hi-fi's. The upcoming album was recorded at 6/12 Productions, Josh's studio. His studio is 100% analog, from his modded Tascam 388 reel-to-reel, to his self-built tube amplifiers.
The album is a raw attempt at studio minimalism. It's an attempt to show what the guitar can do in his hands, with John Fahey produced, Tacoma Records, serving as a guide-post. The songs, all original, are snippets from his life.