Joseph Aaron
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Joseph Aaron

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
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There’s a musical homecoming on the calendar this weekend, and it’s happening outside of the UVA Grounds.

A former Charlottesville fixture who’s now a Nashville newbie, Joseph Aaron returns to play at the Southern on Friday. After years of working behind the scenes at local concert venues, Aaron steps into the spotlight to lay down his own brand of (don’t call it southern) rock ‘n’ roll.

He’s touring on the heels of his first release, the September EP, recorded shortly before departing his central Virginia hometown, released in earlier this year. Aaron’s songs evoke the tough personal choices at stake when you leave behind all you’ve ever known and his piano-driven soul numbers are laden with the clarity that hindsight brings to the heart. Aaron plays keyboard and performs in a contemporary style reminiscent of James Blunt.

He toyed with the idea of pursuing a music career for years, but it was the loss of a relationship that became the motivation he needed to move to the center of the singer-songwriter universe.

“I had to go,” Aaron said. “I think many people hear that same small voice and are faced with the same decision: ‘Run in the direction of your dreams, or stay with who and what you love, and the comfort of what you know?’ The right answer probably comes down to what regrets you’re willing to live with.”

With a seat at the piano and his heart on his sleeve, he puts music to this inner voice with passionate results. After all, a broken heart is the impetus for all the best love songs. - Editor, Cville Weekly


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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.

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