Josh Joffen is a singer, songwriter and guitar player who's been compared to James Taylor, John Denver, John Sebastian, both for his strong, clear singing and guitar work and for his warm and welcoming presence on stage. But his own style and talents, blending traditional, folk, and jazz influences in a rich palette of guitar voicings and open tunings, set him apart.
Twice a winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival's legendary "New Songs" songwriter competition, Josh's songs tell stories and paint portraits of strangers you’ll instantly recognize and landscapes of far-off places and times. And he's earned his reputation for performing his songs every bit as well as he writes them.
At home before large and intimate audiences alike, the list of clubs, coffeehouses and festivals he's appeared at include Folk City, Passim, Turning Point, Bottom Line, Minstrel Show, Golden Link, Hurdy Gurdy, Mine Street, Greenwich Village Folk Festival, June Days FF.
Josh has shared stages with a host of acoustic and folk luminaries, including Dave Van Ronk, Richie Havens, Bill Staines, Suzanne Vega, Tom Chapin, Rick Danko, Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, Rod MacDonald, Richard Shindell, David Roth and Cliff Eberhardt.
With a dozen appearances to his credit, Josh was one of the fabled "Fast Folk" magazine's most often-recorded artists. Three of his songs have been recorded by others, most recently "Crazy Horse" by the acoustic trio Gathering Time, and a number are covered by performers around the country.