joshua black wilkins
joshua black wilkins is an alt. country, Americana, roots rock, singer-songwriter, artist of noir.
His songs have spent many years transcending genres and pigeon holes. He started writing songs and teaching himself guitar at 15, and started playing coffee shops regularly by 17. Bars by 19. Festivals by 21. He had recorded 3 CD’s by the time he moved to Nashville in the fall of 2002 and landed on Lower Broadway at The Bluegrass Inn within a week of stepping onto hallowed ground.
Although joshua moved to nashville with a built-in rock-a-billy band, and a following, he spent 2 1/2 years proving to himself, and the east nashville population, that he wanted to make serious records. He quickly started playing mainstream clubs, and toured solo to demonstrate the variety of Nashville’s unheard-of musical qualities.
He was signed to Angryson Records in 2004 and released Hellbent and Brokenhearted on that label. Although Angryson Records was not equipped with big budget publicists, joshua was able to make a new name for himself as an artist of “bastard” proportions. The title “Nashville’s Alt Country Bastard” was quickly used to support the fact that joshua’s style of songwriting and performance was not a one-sided, single genre entity. There was not, and will not be, a single lineage of music that can be directly related to what joshua black wilkins does with his music.
2010 brought the long awaited release of While You Wait. Along with his band, The Forty Volts, joshua created the perfect combination of his influences. Produced by Mark Robertson (Th’ Legendary ShackShakers, Mattew Ryan), joshua took 22 new songs, and a few of his earliest compositions, and compiled a record that has brought the ears of new listeners on their edge.
Although he is seated in the roots/americana world of what is NOT pop country music, joshua black wilkins is just as inspired by 90's grunge music as well as the haunting sounds of Tom Waits, the iconic swell of Bruce Springsteen and the fever of rebellion in Johnny Cash.
One American Highway 1998 self release
BlackBoots and a Suitcase 2000 self release
17th & Shelby 2003 self release
Hellbent & Broken Hearted 2004 Angryson Records
Pretty as a Junkyard 2006 Angryson Records/Self Release
While You Wait 2010 self release
Television sync credtis:
Drag Race High, Speed Network 2008
American Pickers, History Channel 2010
Assorted Performance/touring credits:
Justin Townes Earle: opened for, toured with
Drive-By Truckers/Patterson Hood: opened for
The Duhks: opened for
Jon Langford: opened for
Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers: opened for
Tim Carroll: opened for
Scott H. Biram: opened for
Shawn Mullins: opened for
Lucero: opened for
Big Spring Jam Music Festival: Main Stage performance
Cumberland Run music and culture Festival: 4 consecutive year performances
RiverTown Music Club festival: multi year performances
WAIF FM Radio performance
WNKU/NPR radio performance