Josh Burton
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Josh Burton

Hillsville, VA | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Hillsville, VA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Country Hip Hop


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Josh Burton @ Carroll County Agriculture Fair

Hillsville, Virginia, United States

Hillsville, Virginia, United States

Josh Burton @ New River Valley Fairgrounds

Dublin, Virginia, United States

Dublin, Virginia, United States

Josh Burton @ Carroll County Agriculture Fair

Hillsville, Virginia, United States

Hillsville, Virginia, United States



"Local Hick-Hop artist on road to Nashville"

Local country/hickhop artist Josh Burton is waiting on go from Nashville. Josh, who was born and raised right here in Carroll County, has been given the go ahead to submit his music to a few music recording labels in Nashville. His online plays are pushing close to breaking 10,000 since January with his “Born & Bred Carroll County Anthem” pushing close to 1,700 plays itself.
With his music being played in 19 states on the average, Josh is grabbing the attention of record labels with his unique style and technique. Josh is releasing his official extended play album this summer worldwide entitled “Down The Line.” You can hear Josh’s music on his Facebook page therealjoshburton or on www.reverbnation. com/joshuaburton. He is definitely one to keep an eye on. - Carroll County News

"AIWF Fund Raiser"

Manager spoke about me being at a fund raiser event. - Virginia First

"Carroll native collaborating with famed rapper on new single"

Burton, a Carroll County native, is set to release a new “hick hop” single titled ‘Stay Up and Pray Up,’ a collaboration with Layzie Bone of the famed rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on April 20. Burton has been trying to make a name for himself in the region with his unique style of hick hop, or country rap. Recording a single with a Grammy-winning artist that was part of a rap group that has sold over 100 million albums in the U.S. should certainly go a long way in helping Burton accomplish that goal.

“I am absolutely stoked about it because I don’t know of anybody in Virginia that has worked with these guys,” Burton said. “These guys have worked with Eazy-E, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg. This will set me into a whole other category as far as a recording artist out of Virginia.”

Burton said the collaboration began when he reached out to record labels with his music, trying to get rights to a beat from an old song.

“One thing led to another in the conversation and I ended up doing a track with them. It is an old track they did (called ‘Ghetto Cowboy’) and we redid it for a new sound,” Burton said. “The old song went gold and he believes this one will go bigger than gold. When they checked out my music they said my sound was different than anybody else out there. They said it had an old school/new style sound that separated me from everybody else.”

Burton said the song is about staying up and counting your blessings. He anticipates the single to be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital platforms. Commercials will also be released soon for the song on Facebook and YouTube, he said.

“The song was called ‘Ghetto Cowboy’ by Layzie Bone and another member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. You could say they pioneered country rap music because they did the song before hick hop,” Burton said. “Everybody around here is starting to get a buzz about it now. They can download the song or get it from any of the online stores.”

Burton, 35, said he began rapping in 1999. He switched from traditional rap to hick hop in 2016.

“Country rap suits me more because I am country,” he said. “The Carroll County Born and Bred song blew up on Facebook and I knew right then and there where I need to go because the first night it had 2,000 shares. I have a whole album going out now called Desperado that Layzie Bone’s producers are mixing and mastering. It will have a new version of Carroll County Born and Bred with professional singers.”

Burton has performed at the Carroll County Fair the last two years and is set to return again this year on Aug. 25 from 9-10:30 p.m. He will also be performing at the Dublin Fair on July 27 at 7 p.m. He said his music on ReverbNation has reached people in 48 states and even in the U.K. He also won an online radio station song of the week in 2016 for his song ‘Backwoods Girl.’

Burton grew up in Sylvatus and played football at Carroll County High School. Unlike most rap music, Burton only performs clean music. It was something he stressed during the collaboration with Layzie Bone.

“I told them the track had to be clean because I have such a young fanbase and following. Plus, God told me to make clean music in 2016,” said Burton. “I am a Christian, but I am also an ex-drug dealer and ex-drug addict and I don’t want people going down the same road I have been on. That was God looking out for me is what that is. I talk about it in churches. I want people to know they can come from that past. That is one of the reasons we come up with the Carroll County Outlaw theme was because in Carroll County a lot of times even though you get clean and on the right path, people still look at you like you live in the past, so I will always be a Carroll County outlaw.”

Burton said Harmony Howse is the name of the label Layzie Bone is currently running. He said a music video for ‘Stay Up and Pray Up’ will be released later this year and you may find more information about him and his music at - Allen Worrell


Down the Line    EP Aug 12th 2016

Down the Line

Backwoods Girl

In Love Again



Josh Burton is a Nation Recording Country Music Rap Artist/Song Writer. Writing about his life growing in the small town of Carroll County, Virginia. He uses his lyrics to reach his fans and connecting with them on a more emotional level of life experiences. He always says it's not easy growing up in a small town where everyone knows everybody. But you learn to live and forgive and try ya best and stick to the morals and values that was embraced on you as a kid/teenager. Hope that those carry over and make you a good man. Josh is sure to reach you with his own way of rapping and speaking on the life that seems to be lost now a days. Josh is now getting the backing of big name artist such as Lazyie Bone of Bone Thugs N Harmony and many more for his upcoming album added in with his ground breaking performances Josh Burton is a name that everyone will remember for many years to come.

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