In the Studio

photo-1Spent a morning while on tour in Spain with the elusive Paco Loco in Puerto De Santa Maria. Myself along with Esteban Perles, Cayo Bellveser and Xema Fuertes cut 3 new songs “The Lonely Postman”, “The Warm Winds” and” Josh Rouse’s Worried Blues”. In the evening we did a set of the Violent Femmes followed by tapas at midnight. On to Sevilla.

April Collaborations

BknJ4TJIgAElT1aBkYYtVfIIAAhSG010174971_10203480100027427_6177286990203164309_nIMG_4620-1Had the honor of having Howe Gelb stop by the studio to play piano on a new song last week. Distinct and classy chops. A few days later in Madrid with Nick Lowe, Jorge Drexler, Javier Limon playing Cruel To Be Kind. Lot’s of stories, sunshine, and inspiration!

Catuluña en Mayo

Estoy enfermo y teniamos que mover las fechas. Las entradas de Marzo valen para Mayo.

Las nuevas fechas para esta minigira serán:

viernes 16 de mayo – BCN (heliogabal)
sabado 17 mayo – L’Hospitalet (Depo)
domingo 18 mayo – Mataró (El Public)

Un abrazo y nos vemos pronto.
Josh

Nashville

Valencia-Paris-New York_sleep and eat then I’ll be jet lagged in Music City for a few days before continuing work on the follow up to The Happiness Waltz. I’ll be working at Alex the Great with Brad Jones and Marc Pisapia, James”Hags” Haggerty, Chris Carmichael, and Fats Kaplin on some pedal steel. Country classics baby! See you at the Family Wash.

The West

If you haven’t already heard I’ll be playing some solo shows from Vancouver down to San Diego in June. Come out and hear some new tunes and old favorites!

Violent Femmes vs. The Long Vacations

vfems_frontI was 14 years old and about to start the 9th grade. I had just recently moved in with my father who was a drill sergeant in the US Army. He was stationed in Ft. Benning Georgia which intersects with Columbus, an unfavorable part of the country.. Although I had spent the summer prior visiting there, I was not ready for the punishment a small freshman midwestern boy could take in a predominantly black high school like Columbus High. It took months for me to get the guts to sit down at “nerd” lunch table. That’s how scared and shy I was. Like all misfits longing for community I joined the Ft. Benning swim team after school and met a cool guy who had just been shipped in from Rhode Island. He was a skater and wore little yarn “friendship” bracelets and polo shirts. He asked me what kind of music I liked and it was mostly just radio hits with a few underground rap songs thrown in( the Roxanne saga anyone)?
The next day he brought a 3rd generation copy of the Violent Femmes first album and I hung on every fucking word. Mind blowing for a 14 year old living in a military household. Needless to say 27 years on I still know all the words and the music brings me back to that moment in my life. I will be singing these timeless, horny, angst ridden anthems with the Long Vacations in April/May in Spain. Full circle.

Cataluña in March

Hola Chicos,
I’ve got some solo dates in small venues at the end of March in Cataluña. I’ll be playing songs from my back catalog as well as a few new ones I’m currently recording.
Also have 10 more dates to announce with the Long Vacations doing the first Violent Femmes record from start to finish in April/May. Thanks to those at Houston Party that helped pull that together.
Also, I’ll be on the West Coast of the USA in June. Dates will be announced in March.

I’m On Top!!!!!!!!

Crazy as it seems, I actually won the Goya! Thanks to my family, friends and everyone at the Academy. That’s what I should have said but I had no speech prepared…I didn’t think I had any chance at winning it. Life is full of surprises!Unknown-1