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Solo Acoustic at The Hutton, Saturday, June 16th

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Join me at The Hutton on Saturday, June 16th for a solo acoustic show. I’ll be playing two sets of originals and an eclectic set of cover songs full of looping fun.

Weather permitting, I’ll be playing outdoors on the patio! Hope you can make it!

Saturday, June 16th
Josh Bicknell solo acoustic
The Hutton
225 Hutton Street
Jersey City, NJ 07307
7pm-9pm

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Atlantic City

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I’m excited to share with you a new piece of music – a cover of the Bruce Springsteen classic, Atlantic City.

This version takes the song to a place I don’t believe it’s ever been to before. To me, it conjures up a cold, windy, and desolate evening on the beaches of this classically-tragic New Jersey shore city. It sounds like something you might hear on the Stranger Things soundtrack.

It starts with a dark analog synthesizer sound that pulses slightly, conveying the constant movement of the ocean. Along with a sparse drum machine, this sound makes up the foundation of the arrangement.

As the song continues to build momentum, the bridge arrives, bringing an entirely new sonic landscape; lifting the song with brighter guitars, strings, and sounds of the ocean that propel the song into its closing. The vocal performance is stark, up-close, and at times, just a whisper. It is haunting yet intimate.

As I listen to this arrangement today, it brings to mind the current state of Atlantic City, the city. Having been released from state control, will it be primed for a rebirth? Or continue on the same haunting path?

The casinos can shine bright, but the beach can still get very cold at night.

I hope you enjoy this new interpretation of a classic.

And if you do, I’d be honored if you added it to your music library, one of your playlists, shared it with a friend, or just let me know that you listened. 🙂

Enjoy,
Josh

Recap: Finnegan’s, The Hutton, and Groove on Grove

Here’s a recap of my recent performances.

Friday, April 20, 2018 – Toll Collectors at Finnegan’s

This was a really fun show at Finnegan’s Pub in Hoboken, NJ. We were without Ty on guitar for most of the show and it was fun to explore these songs sans lead guitar. As usual, we all crammed ourselves on this stage…

And then we played a nice mix of originals and covers! Here was the setlist.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Josh and Ty at The Hutton

The next night, I was joined by Ty Tuschen as I did my singer/songwriter thing at The Hutton in  Jersey City, NJ. After fueling up on a delicious meal, we played for more than two hours straight, mixing my original songs with some wide-ranging covers.

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We didn’t actually get through the entire setlist, but we had good intentions! Here it was.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – Toll Collectors at Groove on Grove

The weather finally turned warm and sunny in a major way… and just in time for the first Groove on Grove of the season! It was a pleasure to kick it off by playing with Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors.

We played outdoors at the Grove Street PATH Plaza.

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This was the setlist. The keys and mic stand kept it from blowing away in the wind!

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The day ended with a beautiful sunset. Here’s the pedestrian plaza on Newark Ave. in Jersey City just down the block from where we performed.

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The Hutton on Saturday, April 21st

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I’m happy to be back at The Hutton – a cool spot for food and drinks in Jersey City. The vibe is perfect for a duo. Ty and I can’t wait to play a mix of Josh originals and wide-ranging covers. We’ll be playing everything from U2 to Alessia Cara; from Chris Issack to Kendrick Lamar. Come early for dinner and stay for the music!

Saturday, April 21st
Josh Bicknell and Ty Tuschen 
The Hutton
225 Hutton Street
Jersey City, NJ 07307
10pm-midnight

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The Hutton Recap 2/24/18

I had such a great time on Saturday, February 24th playing for a great crowd at The Hutton in Jersey City Heights. Ty Tuschen joined me on guitar for an epic two and a half hour set with no break! We simply didn’t want to stop playing.

Here was the setlist.

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And here are some other pics from the night, courtesy of Lola, James, and Maria!

What a fantastic night!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 21st when I’ll be playing at the Hutton again!

Appearance on the Latest Noise Podcast

This week, I had a great time chatting with Mike Kuzan and Max Feinstein on the Latest Noise podcast. Check out the episode to hear our conversation about my upcoming show at the Hutton, music, photography, the creative process, creating effective email newsletters, and also a live performance of my song “A New Start.”

Hope you enjoy it!

The Hutton – Saturday, Feb 24

Join me on Saturday at The Hutton, a hip little restaurant and bar in Jersey City, NJ. Come for some food and stay for some music. I’m happy to be sharing two sets of music with you. Ty Tuschen will be joining me on electric guitar for the evening.

We have originals as well as a wide range of covers to share with you. It’s been fun to re-imagine and interpret arrangements for songs ranging from Don Henley to Kendrick Lamar to Julia Michaels to Tom Petty and more! I’m still working out the full set list, but here’s the working song list.

And of course there will be plenty of looping and plenty of pedals involved between the both of us.

I really hope you can join us. Here are the details!

Saturday, February 24th
Josh Bicknell and Ty Tuschen
The Hutton
225 Hutton Street
Jersey City, NJ 07307
10pm-midnight

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Silent Night Now Streaming + A Holiday Music Playlist

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I’m happy to announce that my recording of “Silent Night” is now up on all major digital platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Bandcamp.

In celebration, I’ve made public playlists of some of my favorite holiday music, both old and new. It’s currently filled with 3 1/2 hours worth of music. Perfect to have in the background as you open presents, spend time with family and friends, travel, or any time you want to get in the holiday spirit. Set it to shuffle and enjoy!

Silent Night

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Last Wednesday, I came home with an idea for a song arrangement. I recorded it right away and today I’m releasing the recording to you. I’m not entirely certain what sparked it, but I suspect it had something to do with having a desire for peace during this holiday season. The phrase “sleep in” stuck in my mind and I had the idea to loop it. From there, the rest of the arrangement came together quickly. The vocal loop offered a sense of motion while also adding a peaceful, sleepy element to the song. Perhaps if we all slept in a little more often, we’d have a little more peace and be a little less on edge?

Here’s to sleeping in this holiday season. The image for the cover you see above is one I captured during the blizzard in NYC on January 23, 2016. The roads were closed and for a night the Manhattan streets were quiet and peaceful.

Please enjoy my interpretation and recording of this holiday classic, Silent Night.

It is currently available to stream and download (pay what you want) from Bandcamp. In the coming days, it will also be available on all of the major streaming services like Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music.

Banding Together 2017 and Maxfield’s Recap 10/14/17

Doubleheaders aren’t only for sporting events.

This past Saturday, I spent the afternoon playing as part of the Banding Together 2017 fundraising show at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ and the evening playing with Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors for three sets at Maxfield’s on Main in Boonton, NJ.

If you haven’t done so yet, please consider donating to the Spondylitis Association of America. As a fun way to donate, you can purchase a digital compilation album, which includes exclusive tracks from local musicians. I have a track on there, too!

Donate at https://spondy.bandcamp.com today!

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