Josh Rouse continues to go global
by: Mike Farley
With his fifth release in six years,
1972 , singer/songwriter Josh Rouse is
establishing himself as a timeless wonder. The latest record from this
Nebraska-born and Nashville-based artist is tinged with flavors of music
associated with the 1970s, from swirling guitars, funky bass, aggressive flute
parts and a smooth soft-rock voice that shows Rouse is not only flexible but a
bit of a throwback himself. The beauty of it is that it could have found a home
on radio 30 years ago, and is doing so right now at the AAA level.
Along with the scope of airplay, Rouse continues to draw fans everywhere,
literally. When asked about the success to date of 1972, he says, “I’m
getting to tour overseas in parts of the world like Spain, England and
Australia, which is really cool.” He also claims that his fan base is about the
same size in those countries as it is here in the States. On home turf his
favorite cities to play are New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Nashville.
Like most touring artists, a typical day on the road is not nearly as glamorous
as the perceived truth. According to Rouse, it’s just like the average person
working a day job. “I get up,” he says, “eat bad food, do a few interviews, go
sound check, play the show, have a late night and don’t get much sleep. It’s
actually pretty tiring.” However, he adds that the two or so hours on stage are
really what it’s all about.
As might be expected, Rouse has a long list of musical influences, ranging
widely “from Neil Young to Tom Waits to R.E.M.” And currently in his I-Pod, he’s
listening to the latest from Paul McCartney, not ironically an artist whose solo
career took off with the break up of the Beatles in, yes, the ‘70s.
When he’s not touring or recording, Rouse enjoys activities that might not be
typically associated with rock stars. “I like cooking and playing tennis,” he
says. “And I love sports, especially Nebraska Cornhuskers basketball and
football.” But fans of his music will be glad to hear that he’s very content
with his day job. Ten years from now, Rouse says that he’d like to continue
writing and making records like he is now, and in addition to his Nashville
residence he’d like to have houses in New York City and Spain. Not all of us get
to live that kind of dream, but we sure get to love the music.
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