Josiah Whitley: Lay Me Down in Roses
Wheelersburg, Ohio brings us Josiah Whitley-an acoustic singer-songwriter who has made his album while moving beyond homelessness. It was recorded in an old movie theater he had keys to.
Our new contributor, Vincent Elliott, shared his feedback on Josiah's new release:
Josiah Whitley – Lay Me Down In Roses
Americana always seems to come of age in a bar. It’s born in a living room listening to dad’s Bob Dylan 45s, goes through a rebellious radio youth, and then grows up on a stool in a smoky room, with the clinking of beer bottles serving as the rhythm section. That’s the kind of album that Josiah Whitley has created in Lay Me Down In Roses. There’s a little blues, a little folk, a little moonshine, and more than alittle dust under foot. Whitley mixes traditional cowboy and outlaw themes with bar-raised Americana to create his songs.
Lay Me Down In Roses is recorded like it was conceived, on a stool in a smoky room. Whitley prides himself on his salt-of-the-earth approach to writing and recording. You don’t get much more than a guitar, a simple melody, and the tapping of a work boot on a sawdust floor; he puts his focus on the songwriting and his lyrics. He invokes a little bit of John Prine, and a little bit of a guy on a street corner with a guitar case open and a few quarters in it.
Recommended listening: “The Devil’s Left Hand Man” and “Dear Emily”
Check it out for yourself: www.josiahwhitley.com/music