Bumbershoot Music Lounge, Day 2: Joshua Morrison

photos by Chad Syme
review by Jason Kinnard

If you didn’t know anything about Joshua Morrison’s Music before you listened to him, you’d at least know he was a gifted signer and songwriter. His Acoustic guitar and whispered vocals are easily accessible and the very first time I heard his song “Home” I said “who is this guy?” What I didn’t know then and what you may not know now is that Joshua is also currently enlisted in the Army and has recently served his country in Iraq. That probably explains a lot of the lyrics on his new album: “Home”.

Josh also happens to have deep ties to the Seattle area; he grew up in Monroe, WA, enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Ft. Lewis. It was after his tour of duty in Iraq in 2005 that he recorded the material for his new EP. He has had to juggle his military and professional career more and more ever since it’s release. He put on one of the better performances of the day in the KEXP Music Lounge and the small room and great acoustics made for a fantastic set. What a polite and quiet crowd. Josh is such a genuinely down to earth guy and you could tell the performance meant as much to him as it did to many of the fans who packed the small auditorium to watch him play. He only had 36 hours to do some performances and T.V. interviews before going back to his real job of being a professional soldier. We felt honored to have him choose his only performance to play with us and we were giddy with all the compliments he was throwing at the station during his performance (He’s been listening to the station since he was 14). We can’t imagine a more perfect venue for watching Josh play his music.

In the military, there’s always a guy singing with a guitar and guys sitting around watching him play. I can imagine Josh strumming out the songs of the artists who inspired him (Pedro the Lion, Death Cab for Cutie) and trying out the songs for his new album on his unsuspecting fellow soldiers. Josh has about a year and a half left of service before he decides what he’s going to do, but one thing is for certain — he has a bright future ahead of him.

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