Joshua Popejoy

Joshua Popejoy

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Joshua Popejoy is Philly's most radio-ready indie artist. Named a “Best Local Songwriter” by CBS, he’s equally influenced by songwriters and jam bands. Whether acoustic with a cello or fronting his band, Joshua’s pop hooks, limber fretwork, and wailing vocals create a sound that’s uniquely his.

Band Press

CBS - Joshua Popejoy Live at the Grape Room – - Crystal Cranmore

"With his classically trained poise and an edgy rock style, Joshua Popejoy is definitely one of the city’s most admirable local artists. He brings a style to the industry that is easily respected and that is conveyed through songs like “Just One Thing” and “Unlike Me”."

Philly Music Monday – Crushing Krisis

"his music gets to a place that a jam mentality usually doesn’t touch. It’s personal. It can be succinct. It’s cutting – sometimes scathing."

CBS - Best Local Songwriters – CBS

"Joshua Popejoy is a rare local artist whose songs translate from intimate coffee shop all the way to main stage rock. His solo acoustic tunes fit in a playlist alongside Jason Mraz or Joshua Radin, but his muscular live band’s cello and saxophone add a Dave Matthews Band flavor to the same songs. While his aerobic guitar playing certainly draws from Dave, on the whole Joshua’s songs are more about catchy choruses than endless jams. Add to that his sometimes searing vocals and the closest comparison is probably Brandon Flowers of the Killers."

Summer Mixer Event Recap – Lyndzapalooza

Joshua Popejoy took the stage with a ritual pouring of a glass of Maker's Mark, leading into an on-the-spot commercial before segueing into the first song in his set of acoustic rock. His vocals evoke thoughts of David Gray or Dave Matthews, but his at-times virtuosic guitar-playing is all his own. Josh combines limber fretwork with droning open strings for a fully rounded sound, here augmented by drummer Jeff Metcalf.

Jeff's drumming brought a previously unheard level of sheer rock to Josh's deft guitar arrangements. His opening tunes exploded with energy, especially "Fake" - see-sawing from rock to nimble hoe-down.

Josh came equipped with his looping station and he used it expertly throughout his set to transform himself into a virtual ensemble. On “Just One Thing” this was in full effect, with Josh looping rhythm guitar, bass, and a series of lead guitar solos over a steady beat from Jeff.

Josh also possesses a terrific barometer for choosing covers an audience will recognize and enjoy. His set included a blistering refrain of Counting Crows' "Murder of One" on his own "Surrendering," as well as spot-on covers of Dave Matthews Band’s “#41” and Radiohead's "Karma Police."

Josh's set ended with a drained glass of Makers and a crowd of new fans eager to check out his recently released EP Runway Lights.