Coming to one of Brighton's premier music venues is one of America's premier singer-songwriter, a pioneer of what he calls 'whisper-rock', the softly spoken and gently voiced Joshua Radin. He is playing at St George's Church in Brighton on Friday 2nd December. BUY TICKETS HERE before it sells out! Without sounding like too much of a stalker, I've been following Joshua Radin's career since I first heard his song 'Winter' featured in a rather poignant episode of SCRUBS and since first seeing him live (and meeting him) at Monto Water Rats in London, I've seen him performing in a number of venues across the country including London's Bush Hall, Brighton Komedia and Manchester Academy. He is one of the best solo performers that I have ever seen because he can hold the attention of a whole venue at just a few decibels - something rarely seen even amongst singer-songwriter types. Support for his Brighton show comes from Miles Goodall - you can check out his music on Soundcloud.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Radin had an interest in the arts from an early age, however it was drawing and painting that first took his attention. After a stint working as an art teacher, a screenwriter and an employee at an art gallery, he moved to New York where his father bought him his first guitar and Radin began to teach himself songwriting. In just two short years, Radin had gathered his first collection of songs together, inspired by a bad break-up, which formed the album We Were Here. Since this first record, Radin has been busy touring the USA, UK and Europe, releasing a new record roughly every two years since. To date, Radin has released 6 studio albums, 1 live album, Live from the Village, and his new record, The Fall, will be released in January 2017.
With so many great track to choose from, I've selected just 5 of my favourite tracks from his extensive back-catalogue so far, to help give you a taste for his music.
For JR himself and many of his fans, his music started with Winter. The track which first got his music into TV, the song is heartbreaking in combination with the storyline of the episode of Scrubs when Dr Cox has to come to terms with the loss of a friend, who he has been hallucinating is still alive.
Taken from his Simple Times album, this is his most successful song in the UK, reaching number 11 in the UK Charts in 2008. Fundamentally a soppy song about missing somebody, when the arrangement kicks in, the song packs a surprising punch.
The opening track to Radin's third studio album, The Rock and the Tide (2010), 'Road to Ride On' is definitely something completely new for fans who had just heard his solo acoustic stuff. With a full band setup and some strings for good measure, this track takes his music in a new direction and has a great catchy chorus.
A beautiful duet co-written by Radin and Schuyler Fisk, featured in the film Dear John.
Another early track, written by Radin about a lady on a train that caught his eye but he had no idea what to say to her. By the time he had written this song she had gotten off the train, but if she'd have heard it, I think she would have stayed on!
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