Josh Jennings Band
Gig Seeker Pro

Josh Jennings Band

| SELF

| SELF
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter

Calendar

This band hasn't logged any future gigs

This band hasn't logged any past gigs

This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos

Music

Press


"Back In Town"

"A band with a much more country flavor is also performing both Friday and Saturday nights in Eureka: The Josh Jennings Band appearing at Cathouse Lounge / Pied Piper Pub. Fayetteville-based Josh Jennings has been writing and recording music for more than 15 years. His songwriting skills earned him the top prize at last fall's 65th Annual Ozark Folk Festival held here in Eureka Springs, and he is scheduled to perform in the main event in 2013. In June 2012, Josh Jennings Band released its debut album, "Ol' Car," which has received great reviews (see below) and is being played on Spotify and Pandora as well as local country radio. Teaming up with lead vocalist, guitarist and frontman Josh is Bob Alexander, a seasoned flat-picker who adds a lot of drive to their sound, and Kris Hurt holds down the rhythm with upbeat, walking bass lines. The group performs all originals, but they have a familiar feel and sound to them -- likely thanks to the nature of Josh's songwriting. " - Carroll County News


"Back In Town"

"A band with a much more country flavor is also performing both Friday and Saturday nights in Eureka: The Josh Jennings Band appearing at Cathouse Lounge / Pied Piper Pub. Fayetteville-based Josh Jennings has been writing and recording music for more than 15 years. His songwriting skills earned him the top prize at last fall's 65th Annual Ozark Folk Festival held here in Eureka Springs, and he is scheduled to perform in the main event in 2013. In June 2012, Josh Jennings Band released its debut album, "Ol' Car," which has received great reviews (see below) and is being played on Spotify and Pandora as well as local country radio. Teaming up with lead vocalist, guitarist and frontman Josh is Bob Alexander, a seasoned flat-picker who adds a lot of drive to their sound, and Kris Hurt holds down the rhythm with upbeat, walking bass lines. The group performs all originals, but they have a familiar feel and sound to them -- likely thanks to the nature of Josh's songwriting. " - Carroll County News


"Eureka Springs events"

"Josh Jennings Band at Chelsea’s The Josh Jennings Band will be at Chelsea’s on Saturday, Feb. 9 performing what they call “twisted bluegrass/Americana,” a collection of all original songs written by Josh Jennings, guitar and vocals, and Bob Alexander, flatpick guitar. Kris Hurt provides the bassline on an upright bass. Jennings was the 2012 Ozark Folk Festival song-writing contest winner and according to Alexander they had a great time in Eureka and especially loved playing the bandshell at Basin Park. Last year this band from Joplin released their debut album Ol’ Car and have a second CD ready for release this spring. It is yet untitled so if you are inspired while listening to this upbeat, original music pass the idea along. "
- Gwen Etheredge, ES Independent (Feb 07, 2013)


"Eureka Springs events"

"Josh Jennings Band at Chelsea’s The Josh Jennings Band will be at Chelsea’s on Saturday, Feb. 9 performing what they call “twisted bluegrass/Americana,” a collection of all original songs written by Josh Jennings, guitar and vocals, and Bob Alexander, flatpick guitar. Kris Hurt provides the bassline on an upright bass. Jennings was the 2012 Ozark Folk Festival song-writing contest winner and according to Alexander they had a great time in Eureka and especially loved playing the bandshell at Basin Park. Last year this band from Joplin released their debut album Ol’ Car and have a second CD ready for release this spring. It is yet untitled so if you are inspired while listening to this upbeat, original music pass the idea along. "
- Gwen Etheredge, ES Independent (Feb 07, 2013)


"New Album, "Toe Tappin Tragedys""

"Album review for "Toe Tappin Tragedy:" "Toe Tappin Tragedy" is a well-blended mix of sorrowful breakup songs and cheery upbeat dance tunes. It bravely tackles tough issues everybody deals with in having 'relations' with others but avoid talking about. It's not all self loathing and misery on "Toe Tapping Tragedy," as the title implies there are many happy songs like, "Out in the Country," which is a little number about finding bliss outside the gloomy city limits. All ten tracks are originals, and Bob Alexander's flatpicking on the album is extraordinary in the way that he fits so many notes in such little time and space. Kris Hurt tastefully plucks the upright and Josh Jennings sings and plays rhythm guitar; it all ties in nicely together to produce a full and bright sound. The Josh Jennings Band (or JJB for short) went back to Terry Weaver's studio in Granby, Missouri after winning the Eureka Springs Singer/songwriter competition to record their second album. " - The Current


"Meet in the Middle"

Listening to Josh Jennings' CD, “Ol' Car,” is a lot like sidling up to an old friend at the bar and doing some serious catching up. There are confessional tales of love lot and found, odes to life's simple pleasures and a playful energy that gets the foot tapping along.

That energy is a natural byproduct of the chemistry he has with fellow guitarist Bob Alexander. The two of them together create a sound that Jennings calls “Americana bluegrass.”

“I write slower folk song. Bob is a flat-picker and plays bluegrass. We meet in the middle with our styles.”

Jennings, who grew up in Neosho, said he's always had a passion for music. He began writing his own songs at age 15, and three years later learned to play guitar. He said he views songwriting as others might view writing in a journal.

“But instead of having a journal, I write music,” he said.

Released in July, “Ol' Car” was recorded at Whirlwind Recording in Granby. The album, said Jennings, wasn't originally intended to be released but instead as a demo to help book shows. He and Alexander were joined by Krist Hurt on bass, a Springfield musician who often joins them for live shows.

“It was recorded in about six hours,” he said. “Most of the songs were done in one take. It's pretty much a live recording. I thought it turned out well and we got it released online through CD Baby, iTunes and Pandora.”

The trio is already working on their next album, which they hope to release in the spring.

“Our sound was still developing when we recorded the first one,” Jennings said. “I think we've perfected it for the next one.”

Last month, Jennings and his band won the songwriting contest held as part of the 65th annual Ozark Folk Festival. The trio performed for a packed crowd at Basin Spring Park in Eureka Springs, Ark.

Judging the competition were Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood, who comprise the Grammy-nominated duo Trout Fishing in America.

“(Each of the finalists) got to play three songs,” Jennings said. “We were the only band that got people up and dancing. That was what made it for me. And to win, you have all these things you want to say, all these people you want to thank. But when it happened, I just went speechless.”

The prize package, recording time at Winterwood Recording Studios in Eureka Springs, and a main-stage performance at next year's festival.

He said the studio time would be used to record a new song that's near and dear to his heart – one that was inspired by his 4-year-old son, Drake.

“I was writing music one night and he asked me what I was doing,” he said. “I told him I was writing a song and he told me to write him one. He started naming stuff … a cow barn, a car … it became a story about living out in the country and the kind of life we have.

“We were playing a show at Gusano's recently and nobody was really paying attention. I said, 'Let's play Drake's song, and the place went crazy.”

While his music definitely has a personal bent to it, he said he likes the lyrics to speak for themselves.

“When people ask me what a song means, I ask them, 'What does it mean to you?' I love to hear people's stories. That's what music is.”

As for the future, Jennings said he plans to keep writing, recording and performing.

“I'd like to make a living doing this,” he said. “But I'm always going to do it, no matter if it pays or not.”

- Joplin Metro Magazine


"Meet in the Middle"

Listening to Josh Jennings' CD, “Ol' Car,” is a lot like sidling up to an old friend at the bar and doing some serious catching up. There are confessional tales of love lot and found, odes to life's simple pleasures and a playful energy that gets the foot tapping along.

That energy is a natural byproduct of the chemistry he has with fellow guitarist Bob Alexander. The two of them together create a sound that Jennings calls “Americana bluegrass.”

“I write slower folk song. Bob is a flat-picker and plays bluegrass. We meet in the middle with our styles.”

Jennings, who grew up in Neosho, said he's always had a passion for music. He began writing his own songs at age 15, and three years later learned to play guitar. He said he views songwriting as others might view writing in a journal.

“But instead of having a journal, I write music,” he said.

Released in July, “Ol' Car” was recorded at Whirlwind Recording in Granby. The album, said Jennings, wasn't originally intended to be released but instead as a demo to help book shows. He and Alexander were joined by Krist Hurt on bass, a Springfield musician who often joins them for live shows.

“It was recorded in about six hours,” he said. “Most of the songs were done in one take. It's pretty much a live recording. I thought it turned out well and we got it released online through CD Baby, iTunes and Pandora.”

The trio is already working on their next album, which they hope to release in the spring.

“Our sound was still developing when we recorded the first one,” Jennings said. “I think we've perfected it for the next one.”

Last month, Jennings and his band won the songwriting contest held as part of the 65th annual Ozark Folk Festival. The trio performed for a packed crowd at Basin Spring Park in Eureka Springs, Ark.

Judging the competition were Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood, who comprise the Grammy-nominated duo Trout Fishing in America.

“(Each of the finalists) got to play three songs,” Jennings said. “We were the only band that got people up and dancing. That was what made it for me. And to win, you have all these things you want to say, all these people you want to thank. But when it happened, I just went speechless.”

The prize package, recording time at Winterwood Recording Studios in Eureka Springs, and a main-stage performance at next year's festival.

He said the studio time would be used to record a new song that's near and dear to his heart – one that was inspired by his 4-year-old son, Drake.

“I was writing music one night and he asked me what I was doing,” he said. “I told him I was writing a song and he told me to write him one. He started naming stuff … a cow barn, a car … it became a story about living out in the country and the kind of life we have.

“We were playing a show at Gusano's recently and nobody was really paying attention. I said, 'Let's play Drake's song, and the place went crazy.”

While his music definitely has a personal bent to it, he said he likes the lyrics to speak for themselves.

“When people ask me what a song means, I ask them, 'What does it mean to you?' I love to hear people's stories. That's what music is.”

As for the future, Jennings said he plans to keep writing, recording and performing.

“I'd like to make a living doing this,” he said. “But I'm always going to do it, no matter if it pays or not.”

- Joplin Metro Magazine


"Hitting all the right notes"

Joshua Jennings

My first experience hearing a Josh Jennings performance was a tribute song to an old car he didn’t want to sell. The vehicle contained memories in each dent and on the old radio from times he drove it through farm fields with a new love at his side.



“Oh, I’m drivin’ farther than I’ve ever drove away…”



Jennings, of Neosho, is a prolific songwriter and draws inspiration for his lyrics through his own personal life, painting a verbal portrait of a moment in time. Miracles, tragedies, everyday occurrences all provide fodder for the lyrics that Jennings spills from some magic well deep inside his soul.

“Each song is like a page from my journal,” he said. “Personal experiences, good or bad, are the basis of each song. When people ask me what happened in my life to inspire this song or set of lyrics, I turn it around and ask them what the song means to them, because that’s the important thing – how it resonates in their own life.” - Connection's Magazine


Discography

In 2012 Josh Jennings and Bob Alexander released there debut album "Ol' Car" which features 10 original tracks currently availible on Amazon, CDBaby, Spodify, ITunes and more. And is currently being played on local radio stations.

"Beyond Me" was released in 2008 on Quickstar productions compilation cd "Chill Out" And is sold online and in stores nation wide.

Photos

Bio


Winner of the song writing contest at the 65th Ozark Folk Festival, in Eureka Springs, AR
If you like original singer/songwriter music, then listen to the ten new songs that Josh Jennings, Neosho, Mo, wrote recently for his new album, “Ol’ Car.” The music styles and talents of Josh Jennings, Bob Alexander, Pierce City, Mo, & Kris Hurt, Fordland, Mo, are drawn from and influenced by a love of Americana, Folk and Bluegrass music styles. Josh is an extraordinarily talented singer/songwriter and an accomplished guitar player. Teaming up with Josh is Bob, a seasoned flatpicker that adds a lot of drive to their sound and Kris holds down the rhythm with upbeat walking basslines.