Joseph Aaron is here. Though based in Nashville, TN, Aaron is part of an elite group of artists changing the face of The Third Coast. “This city is at a simmer; culturally, technologically, and artistically. Nashville is more than just a citadel for country music, it’s growing and changing fast. It’s welcoming art and artists of all types and genres, who are in turn redefining what the city is all about,” Aaron says of his new home.
Born in the shadows of a now defunct textile town, Aaron’s mother first taught him to play on an old Winter upright family piano. Growing up in the mountains of Virginia, he was immersed in a world of songs that told stories, from folk heroes James Taylor and Jim Croce to the rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd to the soul of Ray Charles. He carries the tradition of story with him today, even though his style is markedly different than his roots.
The new Nashville native comes out swinging with his debut EP, The Mountain, The Lion, and The Labrador. If you listen closely, and if you know your music history, you’ll hear the nuance of Aaron’s influences, ranging from Ray Charles and Bill Withers to U2 and Coldplay. Aaron’s songwriting, storytelling, and performance weave a rich musical tale, from the blue-eyed hope of ‘You Have My Attention’ to the raw aggression of ‘Alleluia’ to the radio friendly single ‘Sometime After Midnight.’ The piano becomes the storyteller; sometimes whispering, sometimes screaming, but always gripping.