SECONDHAND EP

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Released: 7/2018

01. Rex's Blues
02. I Don't Want Your Millions Mister
03. New York
04. High On a Mountain
05. Trouble
06. Black-Eyed Susan
07. Come On Up to the House
08. Boy in the Well

I’ve wanted to release a collection of covers for quite a while now and after pouring everything I had into my last album, it felt like the right time. I called up Mike Lynch, Michael Shimmin and Drew Howard and we gathered at one-of-a-kind all-analog studio the The Goon Lagoon and rolled tape. No computer screens, no auto-tune, no bullshit. Just one or two takes of each tune in a beautiful room.

The music that moves me is imperfect, honest and raw. Those qualities are what turned me on to Delta blues, to punk rock, to old soul and traditional music from all over the globe. It’s all about feel. It’s ragged but right.

It was an important moment for me to take a step back and remember why I love music so much. That feeling when a song hits you in the gut, gives you goosebumps, makes you think, makes you cry. On Secondhand, songs from friends Jen Sygit and David Fetzer sit alongside tunes from some of my other favorites like Tom WaitsTownes Van Zandt and St. Vincent. These are songs that I love.

This project served as a reminder to me that what I value - and not only in music - is not perfection, but heart, hard work and community. From my heart to yours, I hope that these songs will speak to you in a familiar way.

 

CREDITS

An incredible compendium of musicians played on this record including: Mike Lynch, Michael Shimmin, Drew Howard and Brad Phillips. It was recorded live on 2" tape by Tommy Schichtel at Goon Lagoon in Grand rapids, Mi. Mastered by Jim Diamond. Photos by Steven Glynn. Produced by Joshua Davis. Rex’s blues by Townes Van Zandt, I Don't Want Your Millions Mister by Jim Garland, New York by Annie Clark, High On a Mountain by Ola Belle Reed, Trouble by Joshua Davis, Aaron Allen and Ann DelMariani, Black-Eyed Susan by Jen Sygit, Come On Up to the House by Tom Waits, Boy in the Well by David Fetzer. miss you David. This wouldn’t be possible without my family - Ann, Tahlia, Theo and Reuben. Thanks to Matthew Beck and Dominic John Davis, Dave Stanton and every single one of you.

 

The Way Back Home

Released: 10/2017
Catalog ID: EW0312

01. Just Getting By
02. Let Me In
03. Nowhere Without You
04. Good Love Last
05. Change the Game
06. Shine a Light
07. Always Gonna Be Here
08. The Little Things
09. Trouble
10. Rosarita
11. Ballad of Lawrence Wotkyns King

A Miracle of Birds

Released: 02/2013
Catalog ID: EW0310

01. Waiting on the Dove
02. House of Princes
03. The Market
04. Two Brothers
05. It Won't Be Long
06. 99 Names
07. Valley of Fire
08. Everybody Goes Someday
09. Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel
10. A Light of All Nations
11. Over the Wall and Gone
12. Oseh Shalom

"The opening line from the opening song, “Waiting on the Dove,” on singer-songwriter Joshua Davis’ most recent album perfectly encapsulates his musical odyssey, and it’s one to which everyone can relate in navigating the thicket of life.” localspins.com

"His heartfelt documentation of 'people as people' offers up compassionate songs of hope, darkness and perseverance."

- Revue Magazine

"In 2012, Joshua Davis joined On the Ground for the Run Across Palestine and what was to be a truly life-changing journey. The focus of the 5 day, 129 mile ultra marathon was to raise funds and awareness in support of fair-trade olive farming communities in the Palestinian West Bank. Says Josh, 'The stories and songs on ‘A Miracle of Birds’, released one year after the run, are honest expressions of my experiences in the West Bank, colored by my own unique history and upbringing.’" Traverse Gourmet Magazine

Magnolia Belles

Released: 10/2011
Catalog ID: EW0308

1. Emily's Song
2. Magnolia
3. Final Refrain
4. The Workingman's Hymn
5. Take a Turn on Me
6. Goodbye Betsy Brown
7. Moonshine Annie
8. Ghost Ships
9. Rusty Wing
10. Sad Songs
11. Hang Tight
12. The Other Side

 

"Aside from discussing his personal life, Davis also addresses concerns of many Michiganians, including the environment and the economy. 'The Workingman’s Hymn' talks of the erosion of the middle class and the divide between the rich and the poor.The song contains a positive message with Davis repeating, 'I know we can turn it around.’ 'I definitely wanted it to be uplifting,' Davis said. 'I listened to a lot of gospel music. People have pulled together through that kind of music through the worst times. That was my inspiration for the song.’”

- Mlive.com

Fool Rooster

Released: 03/2005
Catalog ID: EW0307

1. Delta 88
2. Crowing at the Moon
3. Triple A
4. Morris and Ella
5. Chief Joseph
6. Bessie May
7. All But Six
8. Holy Land
9. Try Me One More Time
10. The Midnight Ghost

"Dusty ballads and rural rockers. The lyrics paint sobering pictures of shutdown factories on rundown streets, but the music never sags, capturing the spirit of hope and better times to come.” 

- Performing Songwriter Magazine - Nashville, TN.