Josh Smith

Sun Feb 11 2018

7:30 PM Doors

The Brook

466 Portswood Rd Southampton SO17 3SD

£13 Adv / £15 Door

Ages 18+

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​A first for The Brook, join us as we welcome LA based musician Josh Smith on to our stage with his Blues guitar! Josh has been playing since he was 6 and by the time he was 14 was sitting in with such greats as Jimmy Thackery, Tinsley Ellis, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and had also released his first CD, Born Under a Blue Sign! Pretty impressive stuff! A really great night for blues lovers.

Stage Times 7:55 // 20:45 // 21:45
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  • Josh Smith

    Josh Smith

    Blues-Rock

    Josh Smith Josh Smith was born October 7, 1979 in Middletown, Connecticut. Before he was 1, his family relocated to Florida, eventually settling In Pembroke Pines, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. At age 3, he received his first guitar and at 6, he started taking guitar lessons.

    Josh was exposed to the blues at an early age. He listened to a variety of artists, such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Albert King and T-Bone Walker. He also started going to concerts, including The Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen.

    By 12, Josh was playing at established professional blues jams In South Florida, such as Musicians Exchange Café In Fort Lauderdale and Club M in Hollywood, FL. When Josh was 13, The Rhino Cats, house band At Club M, asked him to be the lead guitarist. Musicians Exchange Owner Don Cohen was so taken aback by the talent of this young musician that he offered to help manage and develop Josh’s career.

    The Café was renowned for bringing in the best National touring blues bands, and Josh was quick to learn how to approach these blues greats, many of whom would invite Josh to sit in with them, thinking It may be a “novelty” to have a 14-year-old kid playing the blues. The novelty quickly wore off and was replaced by musicians stopping, watching and listening as this “kid” wailed out blues licks better than many of the touring guitarists on the circuit. Josh began sitting in with such greats as Jimmy Thackery, Tinsley Ellis, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Double Trouble, Joanna Connor And Kim Simmonds, among others. Jimmy Thackery said of the 14-year-old, “Josh is three heartbreaks away from being a true blues guitar genius.” At 14, Josh released his first CD, "Born Under A Blue Sign", and at 15, he released his second CD, "Woodsheddin".

    Although Josh was an honor student, after graduation from high school in June 1997, Josh followed his heart and began pursuing what he was best at. His first National tour ensued with his newly formed power trio, Josh Smith And The Frost. Josh was now the band leader and vocalist, so he not only had to continue developing his guitar chops, but had to concentrate on his vocal prowess. In September 1997, Josh enlisted world-renowned producer Jim Gaines, whose credits include Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Luther Allison, Steve Miller and Jimmy Thackery, to produce his third CD, "Too Damn Cold".

    By 1998, Josh had completed four National tours with his band. In January 1998, Billboard Magazine took note of the rising young talent in a Continental Drift Article. In February 1998, Josh was asked to support B.B. King on A number of theatre dates.

    Josh toured Nationally all of 1999 and in October of that year, he entered the recording studio again with Jim Gaines and produced "Woman", his fourth CD. This CD was released and well received In the spring of 2000. Josh continued to tour the East coast from New York to Florida through 2001 with his Band. In June 2002, he Married and he and his wife decided to move to Los Angeles. Josh was ready for something new and wanted to be around a variety of musicians. He also began being a sideman.

    Within a year of moving to L.A., he was retained by Virgin Recording Artist Ricky Fante. He played Nationally And Internationally with Ricky for the next two years.

    In May 2006, Josh recorded his fifth CD, "Deep Roots". A more traditional Blues CD, His music was once again well received by Blueswax and Blues Revue Magazine. Josh continued to play with a variety of artists, such as actress Taryn Manning, Universal Hip-Hop Artist Benny Cassette and Tara Ellis, to name a few. In January 2007, Josh was hired by 2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks to be his lead guitarist. They completed two National Tours from February-September 2007 with monthly dates and charity events until June 2008 when Taylor started Grease! on Broadway. In July 2008, Josh was hired by Raphael Saadiq. Since that time, Josh has played such high profile gigs with Raphael as backing Mick Jagger at the Grammy Awards In 2011 and The Kennedy Center Honors in December 2011. Josh Continues to tour Nationally and Internationally with Raphael.

    Josh released his 6th studio CD, “Inception,” In 2009. This is an all-instrumental CD with a variety of genres that was once again well received by the public and critics alike.

    In 2010, Josh was signed to a 5 year deal with Crosscut Records, a label based out of Germany. Crosscut re-released Josh’s CD, “Deep Roots,” As “I’m Gonna Be Ready.” In October 2012, Josh’s CD, “Don’t Give Up On Me,” was released In Germany and the United States. That was followed by "Over Your Head" in 2014. In 2016 the jazz album "Still" was released. In 2018 Josh released his new album "Burn To Grow"

    Josh Continues To Live In The Los Angeles Area With His Wife And Two Children.

     

  • Ariel Posen

    Ariel Posen

    Acoustic Blues

    Singer/songwriter. Internationally-renowned guitarist. Producer. Solo artist. Member of the Juno Award-winning band, The Bros. Landreth. 

    A lifelong musician, there are few roles Ariel Posen hasn't played.

    Although born in Winnipeg, Posen spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents. He began playing guitar at 9 years old, kicking off a career that eventually found him traveling the globe for his own gigs, including shows as a member of the roots-rock band The Bros. Landreth. The group built its audience on the road, opening for Bonnie Raitt one minute and performing with John Oates the next. They also won a Juno Award for their debut album, Let it Lie. Several years after accepting that award, Posen began working on an album of his own, tracking his new songs in the same studio in which his parents once recorded their albums.

    How Long marks Posen's long-awaited solo debut, showcasing not only his chops as an instrumentalist, but his talents as a diverse songwriter, too. The record casts a wide net, moving from rootsy blues to R&B to melodic rock & roll. A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on these 10 tracks, nodding to his influences — including The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer and more — along the way. How Long is not a guitar record, although there's certainly plenty of guitar to be heard here. Instead, it's a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics, and Posen's compelling voice. 

    "The guitar is the tool to get the music out," he says. "Always serve the song first. Otherwise, you're just playing an instrument.”

  • Backwater Roll

    Backwater Roll

    Electric Harmonica Blues

    BLUES MAGAZINES - Backwater Roll have been in the UK’s Two Biggest Blues Magazines, Blues in Britain and Blues Matters many times including The Legendary German online Magazine ROCKTIMES.DE BLUES which showcased a review of one of the gigs from their Tour throughout Holland at the Famous Bluesmoose Cafe, Backwater Roll have had lots of reviews of some of the biggest festivals and blues Clubs of the British Blues Scene, They continue to grow and play more and more iconic venues and festivals.

    POLLS – They reached number 5 in the IBBA’s most played album on the blues radio shows in the first month of the release of the their Highly acclaimed Live Album, Backwater Roll - Live at The Platform and secured an ongoing position of number 25  over a 3 month period.

    NEW & CURRENT CD’s – coming soon- The 2nd Live Album featuring special guest Jon Amor as a bonus album for blues fans everywhere! and their first all original Studio Album expected early 2018 

    RADIO/TV AIRPLAY – BBC Radio and all 50 + of the IBBA RADIO SHOWS, i TUNES POD CAST INTERVIEW AND FOOTAGE FROM BLUES MOOSE  CAFE IN HOLLAND

    PRESTIGIOUS GIGS & FESTIVALS – Skegness, Victorious, headlining The Borough blues festival in Wales, Colne Blues Festival, Cafe De Klomp Summer Festival in Holland, with too many more to list!  They have shared the stage and opened individually and collectively for many big names such as, ERIC CLAPTON, ERIC GALES, THE HOAX, JON AMOR, AYNSLEY LISTER, DEBORAH BONHAM, MICHAEL KATON, POPACHUBBY, MATT SCHOFIELD, OLI BROWN, VIRGIL & THE ACCELERATORS, IAN SIEGAL,THE NIMMO BROTHERS, JW JONES, PAUL LAMB & THE KINGSNAKES, THE BILLY WALTON BAND and The incredible ex FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS guitarist KIRK FLETCHER.

Stage Times 7:55 // 20:45 // 21:45

Josh Smith

Sun Feb 11 2018 7:30 PM Doors

The Brook Southampton
Josh Smith
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£13 Adv / £15 Door Ages 18+

​A first for The Brook, join us as we welcome LA based musician Josh Smith on to our stage with his Blues guitar! Josh has been playing since he was 6 and by the time he was 14 was sitting in with such greats as Jimmy Thackery, Tinsley Ellis, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and had also released his first CD, Born Under a Blue Sign! Pretty impressive stuff! A really great night for blues lovers.