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Joshin the Giants / Press

“After winning the 2012 singer songwriter contest in Eureka Springs’ at last year’s festival, The Josh Jennings Band has the opening slot on the main stage in Basin Park. It all started about a year ago when Josh Jennings had just finished up his album Ol’ Car which features Bob Alexander, a seasoned flat picker, and Kris Hurt on the stand up bass. The three-piece band was accepted to the finals at the 65th annual Ozark Folk Festival’s songwriters contest, held at Basin Park in downtown Eureka Springs. Six other performers would take the stage that day, all playing three original songs. The judges for the competition were a small well-known band, known as Trout Fishing in America. After winning at the Festival it has really opened up doors and helped the band to take the next step, Jennings said, playing over 60 shows within the last year. This Southwest Missouri band plays in Springfield, Joplin, Fayetteville, Miami, Eureka Springs and St Louis.”

“A band with a much more country flavor is also performing both Friday and Saturday nights in Eureka: The Josh Jennings Band appearing at Cathouse Lounge / Pied Piper Pub. Fayetteville-based Josh Jennings has been writing and recording music for more than 15 years. His songwriting skills earned him the top prize at last fall's 65th Annual Ozark Folk Festival held here in Eureka Springs, and he is scheduled to perform in the main event in 2013. In June 2012, Josh Jennings Band released its debut album, "Ol' Car," which has received great reviews (see below) and is being played on Spotify and Pandora as well as local country radio. Teaming up with lead vocalist, guitarist and frontman Josh is Bob Alexander, a seasoned flat-picker who adds a lot of drive to their sound, and Kris Hurt holds down the rhythm with upbeat, walking bass lines. The group performs all originals, but they have a familiar feel and sound to them -- likely thanks to the nature of Josh's songwriting. ”

Kristal KStar Kuykendall - Carroll County News

“Album review for "Toe Tappin Tragedy:" "Toe Tappin Tragedy" is a well-blended mix of sorrowful breakup songs and cheery upbeat dance tunes. It bravely tackles tough issues everybody deals with in having 'relations' with others but avoid talking about. It's not all self loathing and misery on "Toe Tapping Tragedy," as the title implies there are many happy songs like, "Out in the Country," which is a little number about finding bliss outside the gloomy city limits. All ten tracks are originals, and Bob Alexander's flatpicking on the album is extraordinary in the way that he fits so many notes in such little time and space. Kris Hurt tastefully plucks the upright and Josh Jennings sings and plays rhythm guitar; it all ties in nicely together to produce a full and bright sound. The Josh Jennings Band (or JJB for short) went back to Terry Weaver's studio in Granby, Missouri after winning the Eureka Springs Singer/songwriter competition to record their second album. ”

Erik Brown - Current etc

“Josh Jennings Band at Chelsea’s The Josh Jennings Band will be at Chelsea’s on Saturday, Feb. 9 performing what they call “twisted bluegrass/Americana,” a collection of all original songs written by Josh Jennings, guitar and vocals, and Bob Alexander, flatpick guitar. Kris Hurt provides the bassline on an upright bass. Jennings was the 2012 Ozark Folk Festival song-writing contest winner and according to Alexander they had a great time in Eureka and especially loved playing the bandshell at Basin Park. Last year this band from Joplin released their debut album Ol’ Car and have a second CD ready for release this spring. It is yet untitled so if you are inspired while listening to this upbeat, original music pass the idea along. ”

“This weekend, Eureka Springs offers a plethora of awesome live music at several venues (see schedule below), but here are my picks for the best shows all weekend. AMERICANA-BLUEGRASS SATURDAY Josh Jennings has been writing and recording music for over 15 years. His songwriting skills earned him the top prize at last fall's 65th Annual Ozark Folk Festival held here in Eureka, and he is scheduled to perform in the main event in 2013. In June 2012, Josh Jennings Band released its debut album, "Ol' Car," which has received great reviews (see below) and is being played on Spotify and Pandora as well as local country radio. Teaming up with lead vocalist, guitarist and frontman Josh is Bob Alexander, a seasoned flat-picker who adds a lot of drive to their sound, and Kris Hurt holds down the rhythm with upbeat, walking bass lines. The group performs all originals, but they have a familiar feel and sound to them -- likely thanks to the nature of Josh's songwriting, which is filled with”

“Listening to Josh Jennings' CD, “Ol' Car,” is a lot like sidling up to an old friend at the bar and doing some serious catching up. There are confessional tales of love lot and found, odes to life's simple pleasures and a playful energy that gets the foot tapping along. That energy is a natural byproduct of the chemistry he has with fellow guitarist Bob Alexander. The two of them together create a sound that Jennings calls “Americana bluegrass.” “I write slower folk song. Bob is a flat-picker and plays bluegrass. We meet in the middle with our styles.” Jennings, who grew up in Neosho, said he's always had a passion for music. He began writing his own songs at age 15, and three years later learned to play guitar. He said he views songwriting as others might view writing in a journal. “But instead of having a journal, I write music,” he said. Released in July, “Ol' Car” was recorded at Whirlwind Recording in Granby. The album, said Jennings, wasn't originally int”

Scott Meeker - Joplin Metro Magazine

“Joshua Jennings My first experience hearing a Josh Jennings performance was a tribute song to an old car he didn’t want to sell. The vehicle contained memories in each dent and on the old radio from times he drove it through farm fields with a new love at his side. “Oh, I’m drivin’ farther than I’ve ever drove away…” Jennings, of Neosho, is a prolific songwriter and draws inspiration for his lyrics through his own personal life, painting a verbal portrait of a moment in time. Miracles, tragedies, everyday occurrences all provide fodder for the lyrics that Jennings spills from some magic well deep inside his soul. “Each song is like a page from my journal,” he said. “Personal experiences, good or bad, are the basis of each song. When people ask me what happened in my life to inspire this song or set of lyrics, I turn it around and ask them what the song means to them, because that’s the important thing – how it resonates in their own life.””

Connections Magazine

“Although forming just months ago, they are already establishing a tight-knit following. Patti Richardson, Fayetteville, Ar, often sits in with the band playing clarinet, musical spoons, and mandolin. They most recently played a benefit show Friday, August 10 at the Kitchen Pass (pictured). You can catch Josh and Bob or the whole band playing at local bars and restaurants in Joplin, Mo, Fayetteville, Ar, or Springfield, Mo, especially at Mohaska Farmhouse, Webb City Farmers’ Market, The Undercliff, or J.B.’s Piano Bar. CDs are for sale at their shows. On July 23rd they were featured on KKBL 95.9 FM radio out of Monett, Mo. During the radio show they performed a few cuts from their new CD, “Ol’ Car” live on the air featuring songs such as Once In Your Life, Darling Please and Sticks and Stones. Together, the group Josh Jennings has formed a unique musical partnership that some have compared to the Avett Brothers, Elliot Smith and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. All songs on”

The Current

“On July 23rd they were featured on KKBL 95.9 FM radio out of Monett, Mo. During the radio show they performed a few cuts from their new CD, “Ol’ Car” live on the air featuring songs such as Once In Your Life, Darling Please and Sticks and Stones. Together, the group Josh Jennings has formed a unique musical partnership that some have compared to the Avett Brothers, Elliot Smith and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. All songs on the CD “Ol’ Car” were written by Josh Jennings. The CD was recorded at Whirlwind Recording Co, produced by Terry Weaver, Granby, Mo, released on Ozark Syndicate Records and is currently available online on Amazon, CD Baby and on ReverbNation. For booking, call 417-389-0564. You can find them on the web at www.joshjenningsmusic/facebook.com. ”

Erik Brown - Lance Manning