Josh Irwin is a Fort Worth singer & songwriter with influences from Rag Time to Reggae.
Born into this world the son of a preacher man and the oldest of 10 kids, Irwin has had his fingers on the keys since before he could reach them. As history would have it, his dad would stack up telephone books on the piano bench to hear him 'do a ditty' and he's been playing ever since.
As you will hear in his song titled "Amigos", Irwin was born in Fort Worth before being transplanted all over the state of Texas and beyond, to places extending to Colorado and Virginia, by the age of thirteen. For his senior year of high school, he found his way back to Fort Worth, where he earned the proud title of "Class Friendliest" from the Carter Riverside graduating class of 98'.
At 17, Irwin first picked up a guitar and never turned back. He soon discovered his love for song writing and at 19 pioneered his first record. Heavily influenced by the sometimes great and unrivalingly romantic notions of The Beatniks, Irwin dropped out of college and left Texas with little more than the shirt on his back and guitar in his hand and enrolled at the School of Hard Knocks in Nashville, Tennessee. It was there he received the education he was looking for.
He says he is "not sure if he was chasing his dreams or running from his fears" during the proverbial 7 years he was in Nashville. Regardless, Irwin quickly surrounded himself with players and writers whose styles and textures helped shape and sharpen his musical craft. Joshua had become a student of the world, looking to find wisdom in every conversation. In addition to working on projects with friends, it was during this time that he made his second record called "The In-Appropriate Nice Guy" and first recorded with the classically trained Banjo-plucking Fiddleress, Lyndsey Pruett.
Irwin and Pruett joined forces to form The Golden Ticket duo. Together, these two set forth on a life changing musical odyssey from Nashville to Wyoming, Washington State, L.A., Florida and back down to Austin. They explored the nooks and crannies of the many hearts and towns which crossed their path, previously known and untrodden alike. In Irwin's words, "It felt like the Universe opened its arms to us and allowed us to improve the trip just like we played."
Road worn and following his heart to be closer to his roots, he moved back to Fort Worth where he was hired to paint houses on the very air force base he was born on 30 years earlier. His most recent release is an e.p. entitled, "Hints of Remediation". In 2012 he was nominated for Best R&B Soul Singer for Fort Worth Weekly and his song Cool-aid and Goldfish was chosen to be on the Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards compilation album, Frequencies Vol.3.
Joshua is currently recording his 4th record, playing bars, churches, coffee shops, restaurants, house shows and just about anywhere that will support him in doing what he loves. A reliable source says his newest record is scheduled for a spring release.
For booking information, please contact Joshua at firstname.lastname@example.org