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“Songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Chris Smither, and John Prine can marvel listeners in the simplest of acoustic settings, with nothing more than a guitar and a song. In my mind, that’s the measure of a gifted songwriter. From time to time, I stumble upon a new singer/songwriter whose work warrants comparison to the luminaries on this list. Right now, I have been spinning The Hanging Road, the latest release by Joseph Huber, quite a bit. Virtually nonstop, actually, and Huber’s songwriting has me comparing him to my favorites above.”

“Bury Me Where I Fall challenges the ear, it’s smart without being pretentious, and sets Joe up as so much more than just a superpicking banjo player. It was Joe’s blazing banjo first. The it was Joe’s songwriting on Saving Country Music’s 2008 Album of the Year, Fire & Hail. Then it was his unexpected fiddlework on .357′s last album Lightning From The North. And now this. With each new project, Joseph Huber continues to reveal himself as a multi-tool talent, a studious worker, and worthy of top tier recognition as a musician AND a songwriter within the underground roots movement. Two Guns Up! ”

“Joseph Huber may very well be the hardest-working musician in Milwaukee. After seven years as a member of acclaimed “streetgrass” group .357 String Band, Huber quickly began cobbling together a series of songs that would appear on his debut solo album, 2010’s Bury Me Where I Fall. Less than two years later, Huber was back with Tongues of Fire, an album that showed him adding more and more personal touches to his take on Americana (he also played nearly every instrument on the record). Even though most music critics overlooked it, Tongues of Fire was one of the best local releases of 2012.”

“There are few, if any, better songwriters than Joseph Huber in this broad generic field and when you add the fact that his warmly expressive vocals are of the same calibre with his ability to create an incredibly evocative atmosphere, allied to his virtuosity on several different instruments, given a little promotion his talent should take care of the rest! There are not too many artists that have been involved in several albums by a band plus two albums of their own that have all contained an equal quality and no little originality as Joseph Huber.”

“Ascending from the ashes of the country music underground’s ultimate proving ground known as the .357 String Band, banjo player and songwriter Joseph Huber releases his second solo offering, Tongues of Fire. With some songs originally meant for the now deceased .357 project, and some that speak to the causes of its demise and dealing with its aftermath, Huber compiles an engaging and surprisingly bright-sounding album that speaks true to his life, and is easy to relate to yours....Joseph Huber doesn’t fit the average mold of an ultra-talented musical artist. We’re used to the best and brightest being tortured and fey, yet Joe is surprisingly clear-eyed and relate-able. He’s just like you and I…well…except for being one of the best banjo players I have ever seen, yet giving absolutely nothing up when it comes to his songwriting, and also being able to master guitar and fiddle. He’s a creative dynamo, but the struggles he goes through are simple: trying to find his place in”

“As a whole, "Tongues of Fire" is fantastic. I have been listening to it non stop since this weekend to make sure I gave an honest review. While, I certainly enjoy the dark theme of the debut album, I also love an artist who can mix it up and explore many types of musical styles. Joseph's unique banjo picking is all over this album as well. Although it is a always great to hear him tear the banjo to shreds with the fastest fingers I have ever heard, that just wouldn't have fit into this record, and the banjo picking here is simple and laid back. Joesph has also improved greatly as a bassist, percussionist, guitarist, fiddliest, and harmonica player.”

“Joseph Huber has gotten to a point which offers the meaning of life and tells it through a glorious soundtrack. Huber’s record is a reminder of where humans walk, where society will end up, and where music can portray existence.”