Category Archives: solo

Walking On Is Available to Download Today!

My new single, “Walking On” is available for download today! This single is a modern foot-stomping blues featuring Ty Tuschen on electric guitar. I will write more about the creation process for this recording in the coming days, but for now you can download it (pay whatever you want) from Bandcamp.

Hope you enjoy it!

Pianos Upstairs Lounge December 1st

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I am excited to have an acoustic performance coming up on Thursday, December 1st in NYC at Pianos in the Upstairs Lounge. Ardith Collins will be joining me on cello for a set of original music, with a few covers sprinkled in to taste.

Thursday, December 1st
Solo Acoustic with Ardith Collins on cello
Pianos Upstairs Lounge
158 Ludlow St.
New York, NY
7pm
FREE

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Here’s a cover of “Melt with You” from our rehearsal.

See you at Pianos!

Banding Together Live Show on Saturday

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Join me on Saturday afternoon at one of the best places in New Jersey to listen to acoustic music – Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ. I play at 4pm, but be sure to get there at least by 3:30pm to hear fellow Toll Collector Jonathan Andrew play, too! The entire day of music runs from Noon-10pm.

This show will benefit the Spondylitis Association of America, which provides research and services to over 2.7 million Americans that suffer from this arthritic condition. In the past, I’ve contributed to the online webathon, but this year it’s going to be a live show! Can’t wait. Hope you can make it too!

PS – You can also download the Compilation Album to help benefit the cause. I have contributed a brand new recording. Check out track #3 on the album!

Saturday, October 15th 
Josh Bicknell solo acoustic
Banding Together – A Benefit for the Spondylitis Association organized by blowupradio.com
Espresso Joe’s
50 West Front Street
Keyport, NJ
Event runs noon-10pm
Josh set: 4pm

Finnegan’s July 16th

Join me for a night of music at Finnegan‘s in Hoboken, NJ from 10pm-1am. I’m starting the night by doing my singer/songwriter thing and then moving back behind the drums to play with Christina Alessi and the Toll Collectors! In other words, I’ll be the opening act for my own band.

Saturday, July 16
Solo Acoustic and Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors
Finnegan’s
734 Willow Ave. Hoboken, NJ 07030
10pm-1am
FREE

Pianos on June 14th

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Join me on Tuesday, June 14th as I play a set of my original music. I’m so excited to be sharing the stage with Ty Tuschen on electric guitar and Ardith Collins on cello. Pianos is a great little place on the lower east side of Manhattan. The show is in the Upstairs Lounge, it’s free, and it starts promptly at 7pm!

Tuesday, June 14th 
featuring Ty Tuschen and Ardith Collins
Pianos Upstairs Lounge
158 Ludlow Street
New York, NY
7pm
Free

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Northern Soul Recap 04-21-16 (RIP Prince)

Just a few hours after we learned of Prince’s passing, Northern Soul’s Thursday night of music began. Surrounded by videos of Prince performances on screen and the feeling that music has the power to connect us in mysterious ways, I took the stage with Ty Tuschen joining me on electric guitar. It was a special night to be playing music and one that I won’t forget anytime soon.

At the end of my set, we paid tribute to the purple one with two songs. “Nothing Compares 2U,” which Prince wrote but Sinéad O’Connor made popular. And for “Kiss,” we were joined by Jaime De Jesus, who had the perfect falsetto to take the lead vocal up into the stratosphere. To close the night, Jaime, Ty, James Calio, and I did a collaborative rendition of “Purple Rain.”

Here was the setlist.

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And here’s a little clip of “Nothing Compares 2U” that Jonathan captured. (If you can’t see the embed below, visit this link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BEfP5rgAbRl/)

Josh & Ty pay tribute to the purple one #prince #livemusic #hoboken

A video posted by Jonathan Andrew (@jonathan.w.andrew) on

I also debuted a brand new original song called “Howlin’.” Special thanks to Lola for capturing this one! (If you can’t see the embed, here’s the link: https://youtu.be/h1Zu8z-IuK0)

And a few photos…

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What a fantastic night of music. Thanks to everyone who came out to experience it with me!

Recording Process for Banding Together 2015

Last year, I wrote about the recording process for Banding Together 2014 and how it evolved from 2012-2014. In 2015, the process took another step forward. Here’s how.

In 2012, I put a stereo field mic on my dining room table, sat in a chair, and let it happen. In 2013, I learned a bit about mic placement and I stood up to get some more energy on the recording. In 2014, I abandoned the stereo field mic approach and instead used two mics. This gave me better control over the balance between the voice and guitar.

As I set up to record Banding Together 2015, I started with the same approach as 2014. And then at the last minute, just before hitting record, out of the corner of my eye, I saw that same stereo field mic I had used in 2012 and 2013. I had a thought!

Though I liked the sound of the 2014 recording, everything sounded “up close.” As the listener, I didn’t get the sense I was in the room. There was no ambience, no space, no room sound. So at the last minute, I grabbed the stereo mic, placed it on the other side of the room, and hit record. I didn’t expect to use it in the final recording at all, but I thought it would be a nice experiment. I had changed my approach each year since 2012. It just didn’t feel right to take the same exact approach.

Well… what was just an experiment turned into a revelation.

I was shock when, after having finished recording my performance, I dropped the stereo field mic’s audio into the mix. It made it sound so much bigger! There was a bit of space between the source of the sound and the mic. The room acted as a natural mixing board, blending the sounds of my acoustic guitar and my voice in a natural way. Combining this sound source with the close up sources made the overall recording sound fatter and larger. It sounded like you were there in the room with me. Which was exactly what I was going for!

Having that room sound alongside the closer mics on my voice and guitar really gave me the best of both worlds. I had the detail and presence I needed from the close ups and I also had the room and a sense of space from the room mic.

And of course, after all this, I made a connection I probably should’ve made from the beginning.

It’s a lot like recording drums! The close up mics are for the detail, but the drums don’t sound complete until you hear what they sound like in the room. The room is essential!

Just like anything you are trying to capture acoustically, the room can make all the difference.

P.S. If you’re interested in listening to the final recording, it’s available on iTunes, Spotify, and everywhere else. Check it out here.