Josh Rouse

“Like a baseball player who quietly hits 30 home runs every year or a golfer who regularly finishes in the Top Ten, Josh Rouse's continued streak of excellence is easy to ignore and maybe even downplay a little” Tim Sendra,

You don’t have to work hard to enjoy Rouse’s music. His songs present themselves to you with an open heart, an innate intelligence and an absolute lack of pretension. They are clear eyed, empathetic and penetrating. Without pandering, they seek to satisfy both your ear and your understanding. The verses draw you in with telling detail, both musical and thematic, and the choruses lift and deliver. They resolve without seeming overly tidy or pat.

Josh Rouse was born in Nebraska, and following an itinerant upbringing he eventually landed in Nashville where he recorded his debut Dressed Like Nebraska (1998). The album’s acclaim led to tours with Aimee Mann, Mark Etzel and the late Vic Chestnut. The followup Home (2000)—yielded the song “Directions” which Cameron Crowe used in his film Vanilla Sky.

“Every time I’ve made a record, I’ve tried to make it different from the last one,” says Rouse. “I always became fascinated by a different style of music. But at the end of the day, no matter how eclectic I try to make it, it’s my voice and melodic sensibility that tie things together.”

For his breakthrough album, 1972 (2003), which happens to be the year he was born, Rouse decided to cheer up a bit. Noting that he’d earned a reputation for melancholy, he says, with a laugh, “I figured this is my career, I might as well try to enjoy it.” While the Seventies are often identified with singer songwriters, Rouse was primarily attracted to the warmer sound of albums back then, as well as the more communal feel of the soul music of that time. The follow up, Nashville (2005) continued the hot streak and expanded his audience further.

After relocating to Valencia, Spain with his wife Paz, Rouse has released a steady stream of high quality songs and albums. Subtitulo (2006) contained the international indie folk hit Quiet Town . On El Turista (2010) he even experimented with writing and singing some songs in Spanish. In 2014, he won a Goya Award (the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar) for best song for Do You Really Want To Be In Love, from the film 'La Gran Familia Española.'

His most recent release, The Embers of Time, was one of his strongest—self described as “my surreal, ex pat, therapy record.” Charles Pitter astutely noted in Pop Matters. “The critics may long for drama and scandal, but The Embers of Time often demonstrates that a simple life could be for the best.”

Tour Dates

04-25-2018London, UKThe Garage
04-26-2018Manchester, UKThe Deaf Institute
04-27-2018Dublin, IrelandWhelans
04-28-2018Liverpool, UKLeaf
04-29-2018Edinburgh, UKThe Mash House
04-30-2018Sheffield, UKThe Plug
05-09-2018Washington, DCUnion Stage
05-10-2018Woodstock, NYColony
05-11-2018Brooklyn, NYThe Bell House
05-12-2018Cambridge, MAClub Passim
05-13-2018Philadelphia, PAWorld Cafe Live
05-15-2018Toronto, ONHorseshoe Tavern
05-16-2018Ferndale, MIThe Magic Bag
05-17-2018Evanston, ILSPACE
05-18-2018Des Moines, IAVaudeville Mews
05-19-2018Minneapolis, MNDakota
05-20-2018Milwaukee, WIThe Back Room @ Colectivo
05-24-2018Nashville, TN3rd & Lindsley
05-25-2018Atlanta, GATerminal West
05-30-2018Seattle, WAThe Triple Door
05-31-2018Portland, ORMississippi Studios
06-01-2018San Francisco, CAThe Chapel
06-02-2018Santa Monica, CAMcCabe’s
06-03-2018San Diego, CACasbah
06-30-2018Vilanova i la Geltru, ESVida Festival
07-03-2018North Shields, ENGTynemouth Surf Cafe
07-05-2018Aberdeen, SCTThe Baren
07-06-2018Elgin, ENGThe Drouthy Cobbler
07-07-2018Stirling, SCTThe Tolbooth
07-08-2018York, ENGThe Crescent
07-11-2018Cambridge, ENGPortland Arms
07-12-2018Guildford, ENGBoiler Room