Embrace Your Inner Folkie with Josh Rouse on Saturday Night

April 26th, 2013

After a youth spent moving around the Midwest, with music as one of his only constants, singer-songwriter Josh Rouse found a home in Tennessee, where he began making music with local musicians. Those initial songs ended up being the basis for his roots- and folk-filled debut, Dressed Up Like Nebraska, out in 1998. Geography obviously plays an important role in the talented composer’s work, noting his first LP’s title, 2005’s Nasvhille, named after his adopted hometown, and his 2007 follow-up, Subtítulo, on the heals of moving to Spain. And despite his winning solo work, Rouse (above, performing “A Lot Like Magic” for Rhapsody at this year’s SXSW) plays well with others: Witness his pairing with Lambchop frontman Kurt Wagner on the EP Chester and Rouse’s ongoing work with producer Brad Jones, including the recently released, Americana-tinged The Happiness Waltz (stream it below), filled with songs that could easily get stuck in your head. Join him in singing them aloud tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom.