Josh Martin deeply reveres the stories and sounds of the past. His music, rooted in the country and bluegrass traditions of his Eastern Kentucky heritage, is a clear reflection of that reverence, yet, without replication. Instead, Josh expands the two genres, through an organic tethering of soulful singing, stellar guitar work, thoughtful songwriting and dynamic musical arrangement, creating a listening experience as unique as hearing an electric guitar howling through the ancient trees of an Appalachian hillside. His acclaimed 2019 album, Nothing Holding Me, is just that; an exploration of life’s ironies, as told and sung by a ‘modern mountain man’ accompanied by an all-star cast of Nashville’s finest musicians comprising an electrically charged acoustic string band.
Since making the move to Nashville, Josh has worked and performed with many of the industry’s top talents. During his time as an artist/writer signed with Sony, he released two singles; “How’d You Know” and “Just My Luck”. However, the longing to create music in which he could be more honest and authentic with the listeners left Josh with more to be desired. Nothing Holding Me (2019) was his first full-length production and a step in the right direction allowing the songs “Between God and Me” and “Longview” to become fan favorites. The Acoustic Sessions (2020) earned industry support from Spotify, Apple Music and CMT and his music video for the single “Cold Again” (2020) was featured as a “Pick of the Week” by Rolling Stone Country.