In 2012, Derby, England native and folk-singer Josh Okeefe dropped out of school, traveled across the Atlantic and arrived in Nashville, Tennessee in search of the places his idols Hank Williams and Johnny Cash once graced. He became a regular in the rock and roll clubs on the east side and the legendary honky-tonks on Lower Broadway; met a host of other musicians and began writing songs at an astonishing pace.
Over a couple of nights in his 350 sq. ft Tennessee log cabin, Okeefe recorded his critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album with just a borrowed RCA Microphone from the 1960’s in which Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Guy Clark have all spat there mojo into and an Ampex 2-track Tape Machine which Okeefe purchased from JJ Cale’s estate for $100.
Catapulting himself into the spotlight Josh Okeefe has already performed with the likes of Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson, earned headline festival spots, BBC radio appearances and had his songs recorded by major label artists like Ashley Monroe and High Valley to name a few and this just the start.
“He seems to turn a lightbulb on in your head, makes you ask yourself questions and seems to say what is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Is he the next commentator for this generation? Only time will tell.” (Huffington Post)
“Okeefe’s voice hits you with the force of a hurricane: a rare, powerful, gravelly sound, the likes of which is usually crafted from many decades of nicotine, alcohol and hard living in the deep south.” (No Depression)
“He is an outlaw and he is commercial. He is topical and he is light. He is a poet, a musician, a writer, and maybe a prophet.” (Smithsonian Folkways)