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Nationality: American
Born: 1972


Biography

"Songwriting for me is something I have to do to stay on the sunny side of life. It's my therapy. I pick up a guitar from time to time and it spills out. I feel lucky in that, after years of being blessed by their presence, the song spirits are still moving through me”

It may have been 15+ years - from roots in rural Nebraska, through time in ‘Music City’ Nashville, TN, and to the current day relocated to a new home in cosmopolitan Spain – but it seems that the song spirits have been constant companions for Josh Rouse. And maybe no more so than on the singer-songwriter’s latest record, The ... Read more

"Songwriting for me is something I have to do to stay on the sunny side of life. It's my therapy. I pick up a guitar from time to time and it spills out. I feel lucky in that, after years of being blessed by their presence, the song spirits are still moving through me”

It may have been 15+ years - from roots in rural Nebraska, through time in ‘Music City’ Nashville, TN, and to the current day relocated to a new home in cosmopolitan Spain – but it seems that the song spirits have been constant companions for Josh Rouse. And maybe no more so than on the singer-songwriter’s latest record, The Happiness Waltz, an album that marries both his past, and present – revisiting an earlier era, where his music was heavily influenced by the ‘soft rock’ of the 70’s, and combining it with lyrical tales drawn from the here and now – his modern day-today life, one deeply enriched by his children and family.

Rouse has been lauded for his special talents - creating little slices of heaven with words and music that have captured the hearts and minds of both critics, and fans, the globe over, whether it is the New York Times talking about his “pop-folk introspection”, Filter lauding the “wide-eyed ‘thank you, ma’am’ songs that could have grated in their earnest angle if they weren’t so damn wonderfully executed” or Uncut raving about the music as “warm, molten gold, a long bath in the serenity of well-gauged bittersweet balladry” and proclaiming him “a talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst.” Over a storied career, from the engaging debut Dressed Like Nebraska, through his ‘golden era’ with 1972 and Nashville, and right down to the 2011 latin-bossa nova-tinged release …and the Long Vacations, Rouse has created a series of unique, and distinctive records, filled with sparkling melodies and enchanting lyrics.

And there is no disputing that The Happiness Waltz again proves that he stands apart from the crowd, producing yet another set of delicate, intelligent, nuanced pop songs, all destined to become fast favorites. An album of twelve radiant new tunes, from the upbeat “This Movie’s Way Too Long” to the jangle-fest that is “Simple Pleasures”, a cohesive whole that should please fans both old and new.

After a number of years influenced by his changing world - new surroundings and a myriad of fresh influences, moving to Spain and starting a family – which were wonderfully reflected in albums such as Subtitulo and El Turitsa, in 2012 Rouse has naturally gravitated to what he does best, creating old-time warm AM radio-friendly songs that will stick in your brain and not let go. Breezy, summer-y… call it what you will – it’s an elegance that has been favorably compared to the Laurel Canyon/Southern California scene of the early 1970’s. But at the same time, far from being retro, it is anchored in the most important part of the songwriter’s modern life – family.

“Having children is the most meaningful and beautiful thing I've done. However, it's left almost no time for my wife and I to communicate, or do anything else for that matter. Without that time to lock myself in a room and es (on more drums) and 
Paco Loco on the baritone guitar. One cannot help but 
notice that the musicians amply complement the Artist, 
successfully interpreting his sound, and his vision. This is 
particularly illustrated in a number of deft touches 
peppered across the album - the staccato handclaps on “Oh, 
Look What the Sun Did!”, the wild and space-age theremin 
on “Fine, Fine”, a twanging guitar on “Disguise”, the 
almost jazz-like bass that opens “Friend”, the plaintive 
piano in “Bluebird St.” – a host of components that add 
further textural elements which enhance the record.

And let us not forget to mention the opener “Diggin’ in the 
Sand”. Musically reminiscent of the carefree folk of Simon 
and Garfunkel, in words and music, it predicts the tone and 
feel of the entire album, and the themes within. And in 
simple terms, to quote the Artist’s lyrics, it indeed 
references the “future and the past”.

‘Josh Rouse and the 
Long Vacations’ is a stellar collection of new recordings. A 
set of songs, both thoughtful, melodious, and indeed 
enjoyable. An album that is likely to bring a summery feel 
to any time of the year. It is an album of great feeling and 
unity, encapsulating a full moon of ideas and ideals. Ideas 
and ideals that are fashioned, and continue to inhabit, the 
past, the present, and the future.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

"Songwriting for me is something I have to do to stay on the sunny side of life. It's my therapy. I pick up a guitar from time to time and it spills out. I feel lucky in that, after years of being blessed by their presence, the song spirits are still moving through me”

It may have been 15+ years - from roots in rural Nebraska, through time in ‘Music City’ Nashville, TN, and to the current day relocated to a new home in cosmopolitan Spain – but it seems that the song spirits have been constant companions for Josh Rouse. And maybe no more so than on the singer-songwriter’s latest record, The Happiness Waltz, an album that marries both his past, and present – revisiting an earlier era, where his music was heavily influenced by the ‘soft rock’ of the 70’s, and combining it with lyrical tales drawn from the here and now – his modern day-today life, one deeply enriched by his children and family.

Rouse has been lauded for his special talents - creating little slices of heaven with words and music that have captured the hearts and minds of both critics, and fans, the globe over, whether it is the New York Times talking about his “pop-folk introspection”, Filter lauding the “wide-eyed ‘thank you, ma’am’ songs that could have grated in their earnest angle if they weren’t so damn wonderfully executed” or Uncut raving about the music as “warm, molten gold, a long bath in the serenity of well-gauged bittersweet balladry” and proclaiming him “a talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst.” Over a storied career, from the engaging debut Dressed Like Nebraska, through his ‘golden era’ with 1972 and Nashville, and right down to the 2011 latin-bossa nova-tinged release …and the Long Vacations, Rouse has created a series of unique, and distinctive records, filled with sparkling melodies and enchanting lyrics.

And there is no disputing that The Happiness Waltz again proves that he stands apart from the crowd, producing yet another set of delicate, intelligent, nuanced pop songs, all destined to become fast favorites. An album of twelve radiant new tunes, from the upbeat “This Movie’s Way Too Long” to the jangle-fest that is “Simple Pleasures”, a cohesive whole that should please fans both old and new.

After a number of years influenced by his changing world - new surroundings and a myriad of fresh influences, moving to Spain and starting a family – which were wonderfully reflected in albums such as Subtitulo and El Turitsa, in 2012 Rouse has naturally gravitated to what he does best, creating old-time warm AM radio-friendly songs that will stick in your brain and not let go. Breezy, summer-y… call it what you will – it’s an elegance that has been favorably compared to the Laurel Canyon/Southern California scene of the early 1970’s. But at the same time, far from being retro, it is anchored in the most important part of the songwriter’s modern life – family.

“Having children is the most meaningful and beautiful thing I've done. However, it's left almost no time for my wife and I to communicate, or do anything else for that matter. Without that time to lock myself in a room and es (on more drums) and 
Paco Loco on the baritone guitar. One cannot help but 
notice that the musicians amply complement the Artist, 
successfully interpreting his sound, and his vision. This is 
particularly illustrated in a number of deft touches 
peppered across the album - the staccato handclaps on “Oh, 
Look What the Sun Did!”, the wild and space-age theremin 
on “Fine, Fine”, a twanging guitar on “Disguise”, the 
almost jazz-like bass that opens “Friend”, the plaintive 
piano in “Bluebird St.” – a host of components that add 
further textural elements which enhance the record.

And let us not forget to mention the opener “Diggin’ in the 
Sand”. Musically reminiscent of the carefree folk of Simon 
and Garfunkel, in words and music, it predicts the tone and 
feel of the entire album, and the themes within. And in 
simple terms, to quote the Artist’s lyrics, it indeed 
references the “future and the past”.

‘Josh Rouse and the 
Long Vacations’ is a stellar collection of new recordings. A 
set of songs, both thoughtful, melodious, and indeed 
enjoyable. An album that is likely to bring a summery feel 
to any time of the year. It is an album of great feeling and 
unity, encapsulating a full moon of ideas and ideals. Ideas 
and ideals that are fashioned, and continue to inhabit, the 
past, the present, and the future.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

"Songwriting for me is something I have to do to stay on the sunny side of life. It's my therapy. I pick up a guitar from time to time and it spills out. I feel lucky in that, after years of being blessed by their presence, the song spirits are still moving through me”

It may have been 15+ years - from roots in rural Nebraska, through time in ‘Music City’ Nashville, TN, and to the current day relocated to a new home in cosmopolitan Spain – but it seems that the song spirits have been constant companions for Josh Rouse. And maybe no more so than on the singer-songwriter’s latest record, The Happiness Waltz, an album that marries both his past, and present – revisiting an earlier era, where his music was heavily influenced by the ‘soft rock’ of the 70’s, and combining it with lyrical tales drawn from the here and now – his modern day-today life, one deeply enriched by his children and family.

Rouse has been lauded for his special talents - creating little slices of heaven with words and music that have captured the hearts and minds of both critics, and fans, the globe over, whether it is the New York Times talking about his “pop-folk introspection”, Filter lauding the “wide-eyed ‘thank you, ma’am’ songs that could have grated in their earnest angle if they weren’t so damn wonderfully executed” or Uncut raving about the music as “warm, molten gold, a long bath in the serenity of well-gauged bittersweet balladry” and proclaiming him “a talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst.” Over a storied career, from the engaging debut Dressed Like Nebraska, through his ‘golden era’ with 1972 and Nashville, and right down to the 2011 latin-bossa nova-tinged release …and the Long Vacations, Rouse has created a series of unique, and distinctive records, filled with sparkling melodies and enchanting lyrics.

And there is no disputing that The Happiness Waltz again proves that he stands apart from the crowd, producing yet another set of delicate, intelligent, nuanced pop songs, all destined to become fast favorites. An album of twelve radiant new tunes, from the upbeat “This Movie’s Way Too Long” to the jangle-fest that is “Simple Pleasures”, a cohesive whole that should please fans both old and new.

After a number of years influenced by his changing world - new surroundings and a myriad of fresh influences, moving to Spain and starting a family – which were wonderfully reflected in albums such as Subtitulo and El Turitsa, in 2012 Rouse has naturally gravitated to what he does best, creating old-time warm AM radio-friendly songs that will stick in your brain and not let go. Breezy, summer-y… call it what you will – it’s an elegance that has been favorably compared to the Laurel Canyon/Southern California scene of the early 1970’s. But at the same time, far from being retro, it is anchored in the most important part of the songwriter’s modern life – family.

“Having children is the most meaningful and beautiful thing I've done. However, it's left almost no time for my wife and I to communicate, or do anything else for that matter. Without that time to lock myself in a room and es (on more drums) and 
Paco Loco on the baritone guitar. One cannot help but 
notice that the musicians amply complement the Artist, 
successfully interpreting his sound, and his vision. This is 
particularly illustrated in a number of deft touches 
peppered across the album - the staccato handclaps on “Oh, 
Look What the Sun Did!”, the wild and space-age theremin 
on “Fine, Fine”, a twanging guitar on “Disguise”, the 
almost jazz-like bass that opens “Friend”, the plaintive 
piano in “Bluebird St.” – a host of components that add 
further textural elements which enhance the record.

And let us not forget to mention the opener “Diggin’ in the 
Sand”. Musically reminiscent of the carefree folk of Simon 
and Garfunkel, in words and music, it predicts the tone and 
feel of the entire album, and the themes within. And in 
simple terms, to quote the Artist’s lyrics, it indeed 
references the “future and the past”.

‘Josh Rouse and the 
Long Vacations’ is a stellar collection of new recordings. A 
set of songs, both thoughtful, melodious, and indeed 
enjoyable. An album that is likely to bring a summery feel 
to any time of the year. It is an album of great feeling and 
unity, encapsulating a full moon of ideas and ideals. Ideas 
and ideals that are fashioned, and continue to inhabit, the 
past, the present, and the future.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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