I’m excited to be back at Espresso Joe’s on Saturday. This time, I’m part of a Guitar Pull hosted by Lazlo. This is the 19th Anniversary of blowupradio.com and it will be great to share the stage with Jaime Rose and Keith Peters. The format of the Guitar Pull is engaging – we take turns playing songs, talking about them, and answering questions from Lazlo. I hope you can join us!
Saturday, December 14th Guitar Pull – Blowupradio.com’s 19th Anniversary Espresso Joe’s 50 W Front Street Keyport, NJ 07735 7-10pm
I had a great time playing for a very attentive audience at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ on Saturday, November 15th. The venue is now original-only and it was great to dust off a few older originals for this set. Thanks to some handy iPhone bootlegging by my dad, you can now watch the entire show on YouTube. Play the embedded playlist below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.
I’m looking forward to opening for The Wag on Friday night at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ. I always love performing at this venue. You can really play the quieter tunes and still be heard. Don’t worry, there will still be plenty of looping, too! Can’t wait.
Friday, November 15th Solo Acoustic Espresso Joe’s 50 W Front Street Keyport, NJ 07735 8pm
In case you missed it, you can now stream my live performance from the Banding Together webathon that took place a few weeks ago. Check it out over at SoundCloud here or using the embedded player below.
I had a fantastic time playing at the Hutton on April 20, 2019. It was a rainy day, but the sun cleared in time for a clear evening and a nice crowd. I played two hours – a mix of covers and originals, including some new ones that I tried on for size and will likely bring to future gigs.
Just in time for the deadline, I recorded and submitted my entry for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest 2019. Recorded live at my home, here’s a performance of my original song, “Knocking Down My Front Door.” If the video does not embed below, here’s a direct link to watch it on YouTube. https://youtu.be/5AVC9huNZiA
Today, I’m releasing a brand new cover song – “Latch” by Disclosure (featuring Sam Smith).
I tried to reimagine this club hit from Disclosure as something you might enjoy on your favorite acoustic playlist in your living room. A pop song, in its power and simplicity, can often have potential to be interpreted in many different genres. Yet, so often we only get to hear the one version. With this interpretation, I wanted to stretch the song to a place that sounds familiar but feels like something new. Without the bass thumping, there’s a tenderness and a vulnerability to the song. In this version, you’re in on the secret – it’s a love song. Someone so consumed by love that they want to latch onto it and never let it go.
The cover image comes from an photo I captured on Lover’s Bridge in Prague. There were so many locks attached to this bridge, where people from all over the world would come to “lock in their love.” I thought it was a nice fit.
As for the music, my good pal Ty Tuschen played electric guitar on this, including the tasty lead. I sang and played all of the other instruments.
This single is now available everywhere you can consume music – Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, Tidal, iHeart Radio, Pandora, and more.
Back in October – which btw feels like yesterday – I played at the Gallery opening of NonLinearKnitting Studios. This is a really terrific spot in Jersey City. I’m excited with what is happening with art and music in this space! Here’s a video of me performing, Howlin’. Enjoy.
In case you missed it, you can now stream my performance on www.blowupradio.com as part of Banding Together 2018. On Friday, October 19th I traveled to Blow Up Radio’s HQ to perform as part of Banding Together 2018, a benefit for the Spondylitis Association of America.
I had a fantastic time playing for attentive listeners at the opening of the NonLinear Knitting Studio Gallery. If These Walls Could Talk was a celebration of local art and music and it was a pleasure to play.
In the spirit of the show’s name, I covered Tom Petty’s, “Walls No. 3.” Here is a clip of it from Instagram. (BTW, you can follow me on Instagram @joshbicknell.)