Josh Rouse

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Genre: Pop

Members: Curt Perkins
Daniel Tashian
Marc Pisapia
James "Hags" Haggerty
Josh Rouse

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Band Bio: Roots pop singer/songwriter Josh Rouse was born in Nebraska, living variously in California, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Georgia, and Arizona during the years to follow; obsessed as a teen with British cult favorites like the Smiths and the Cure, he learned to play guitar from his uncle and wrote his first song at 18. Signing to the Rykodisc subsidiary Slow River, in 1998, Rouse issued his debut album, Dressed Up Like Nebraska, to widespread critical acclaim; upon settling in Nashville, he was befriended by Kurt Wagner, frontman of the endlessly brilliant chamber country group Lambchop, and in the fall of 1999, the two singers/songwriters issued a collaborative EP, Chester. Rouse's second solo LP, Home, appeared the following spring and was followed by Under the Cold Blue Stars in 2002. For his next record Rouse hooked up with producer Brad Jones and the resulting album, 2003's 1972, was both an homage to the soft rock sounds of Rouse's youth and a opening up and deeping of his sound. Before the release of his next album Rouse's marriage ended and he moved from Nashville to Spain. 2004's Nashville serves as a farewell to both the city and his marriage. It is also his best, most fully realized record to date.

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