Josh McGee

Josh McGee

 Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

Josh McGee's music combines contemporary vocals and subject matter with a stripped-down, "dirt floor" slide guitar, expressing elements of Americana, indie folk, roots, and modern alternative music. His sound is similar to the likes of Jack White, Jose Gonzales, and John Butler.


With a stripped down indie folk and roots sound, Josh McGee provides listeners with an alternative to the mainstream in favor of an honest, bare-bones approach to music. Relying simply on his expressive roots guitar style and honest, soulful lyrics, Josh draws audiences into his musical world, weaving tales of life, love, and the human experience. His influences range from the emotive Skip James, to the dramatic and poetic Jim Morrison, to the dynamic and experimental Jack White. In addition to these influences, Josh’s music often draws comparisons to artists such as Elliott Smith, John Butler, and Jose Gonzales.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Josh began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of sixteen. “At the time, I just wanted to learn guitar to play old Ramones and Jimi Hendrix songs. I must have annoyed my parents with bad versions of ‘Purple Haze’ for months,” recalls Josh. At the age of twenty-one he moved to East Texas to attend Stephen F. Austin University, and it was there that Josh became serious about playing music. After a few fledgling open mic performances, Josh began traveling the region as a member of various rock groups, which lead to a few high profile shows, good press, and even a little indie radio play for the budding musician. These musical rites of passage have led Josh back to a more personal, emotional style. “Deep down, I’ve always preferred a more intimate broken down sound,” he admits. Armed solely with a guitar and a steel slide, Josh’s goal as an artist is to share his personal take on life and the human experience with his audiences.

Josh is currently touring and promoting his music while recording his debut solo album, which he hopes to finish by spring of 2011.