Josh Harty

Josh Harty

 Madison, Wisconsin, USA
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Josh Harty is a North Dakota songsmith. A product of the plains. He'll sing you a tune as truly as he knows how to....and even do a few minor auto repairs if you need them.

Biography

Touring across continents, Josh Harty's unique blend of American music has become a must-hear for those who keep the tradition of country, blues and folk close to their hearts. Born and raised on the plains of North Dakota, his father, both a preacher, and the Police Chief of their small town, was also Harty's music mentor. Beginning at the age of 5 Josh, along side his dad, was a staple at town festivals, church events and community centers across the upper Midwest. He recorded his first "album" at the age of 9 and the second at 11, together selling nearly 10,000 copies. Following a long series of coffee shop gigs and several stints with touring cover bands, Josh received an offer to open for an internationally-renowned artist. After agreeing to a full set of original material (which he didn't have), Josh woodsheded for four days and came out with his first album ("Three Day Notice") and an opening slot for BB King!

An honest voice and fingers that seem to catch fire! -Atlanta Music Guide

In the past decade Josh has put out three critically acclaimed albums, including "A Long List of Lies" which debuted at #8 on the Euro Americana chart. His most recent album, "Nowhere," also debuting on the EA chart, was praised by No Depression saying "there is a dignity to this music making that leaves us feeling enriched for the experience. . ." Still touring continuously across Europe and North America, Josh shows no signs of slowing down. 2013 was an especially eventful year, covering 11 countries, 38 US states and performing over 200 shows! Not to mention, recording a duo album "12 August" with friend and Colorado singer/ songwriter John Statz (to be released on Wolf Money Music, February 2014).

More than just moving along, he's spending plenty of time in the communities along the way, from Brooklyn to Haarlem, from London to Portland. Josh is always looking for that balance between the rolling road and the people who inspire him, trading stories around kitchen tables and theatre stages. Hartys live shows prove that good story telling combined with journeyman musicianship is as American as music gets.

Lyrics

The Kind

Written By: Josh Harty

You can try, you can leave, walk all night alone
Another thousand miles in the same old shoes that you've worn
For long it seems to me, that all thats left is the memory
That you wrote

You could tell someone what you feel inside but you won't
You could try to tell the other side, but you won't
And in the end it all comes down, to the other side

Chorus
And you've always been the kind
To keep it inside till you run out of time
Before you'd ever know, you let it all go without even a sign
The choices that you've made, I've heard it said they can come from behind
Then you're out of time

All the money that you spent on a short list of friends didn't get you much
All the years you tried to hide what no one would ever find was never enough
But you keep sitting quietly by, cause I know

Chorus
That you've always been the kind
To keep it inside till you run out of time
Before you'd ever know, you let it all go without even a sign
The choices that youve made, I've heard it said they can come from behind
Then you're out of time

Bridge
Take it easy, before you loose you mind. Because I know

That you've always been the kind
To keep it inside till you run out of time
Before you'd ever know, you let it all go without even a sign
The choices that youve made, I've heard it said they can come from behind
Then you're out of time

Learn How to Fight

Written By: Josh Harty

You know I've been trying, to settle down
But I spent too much time, learning how to run around
You can call me a coward or a fool
But Lord I swear I never, meant any harm to you

Time and time again, I nearly won the game
But time and time again, it seemed the rules had changed
Maybe I know, maybe I'll never know how the victory tastes

Chorus
Time is never wrong or right
Day after day you're up against the tide
You make up your mind
You've gotta run, or learn to fight
You've gotta run, or learn to fight

I made up my mind, a long time ago
Every day has been another round, another scar to show
But I hope that I've done good
I hope I've done all I could

Chorus
Time is never wrong or right
Day after day you're up against the tide
You make up your mind
You've gotta run, or learn to fight
You've gotta run, or learn to fight

Set List

Josh typically plays a 60-70 minute set of original music with an occasional covers.