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About Josh Harty

Rooted in the heartland and seasoned with the soul of Americana, Josh Harty’s music paints a vivid portrait of life’s joys and struggles. With a voice that resonates with honesty and melodies that linger like old memories, he stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of American music.

His songwriting reflects the landscapes of his North Dakota upbringing, capturing the essence of small-town life, the allure of the open road, and the bittersweet symphony of love and loss. Armed with his guitar and a voice that carries the weight of experience, Harty crafts melodies that linger in the soul and lyrics that resonate with truth.

As a torchbearer of Americana music, Josh Harty’s legacy continues to inspire and resonate with audiences around the world. With each new song and performance, he carries on the tradition of storytelling and musical craftsmanship that has defined the genre for generations. As he continues to explore new horizons and push the boundaries of his art, one thing remains certain: Josh Harty’s music will always be a beacon of hope, a source of solace, and a celebration of the human spirit.

Press Quotes

Iain Patience, Elmore Magazine

“Josh Harty is a mid-West, singer-songwriter with a keen eye, observant lyrics and a fine, driving guitar-style that pulses with feeling and fire. . .Harty’s fretwork is crisp, zingy and always compelling, catching you unawares almost with hints of traditional country in the mix; Chet seems to hang in the background balance at times, followed by ole Doc Watson before he twists the tail, snapping free with a trace of Knopfler at his best and a clear grip of the very fundamentals of good quality modern country music/ Americana.. . . “


Lee Zimmerman, Glide Magazine

[Holding On is]”the work of a true son of the heartland whose bold defiance and riveting delivery channel the essence of American music “


Paul Jackson, Fatea Reviews (UK)

“like JJ Cale covering Dire Straits. . . I can already hear Bob Harris waxing lyrical about this in the early hours of the morning on BBC Radio 2!”


Tom Franks, Folkwords Reviews (UK)

[Holding On is] “an album of soul touching songs. . .a profound mix of complete storytelling and accomplished musicianship.”


Pete Whalley, Get Ready to Rock (UK),

“With a broad country twang to his vocals and set that nicely straddles the rock / country / blues divide, Holding On is both atmospheric and gripping”


Andy Moore, No Depression

“Madison’s new folk and Americana music scene is bursting at the seams. . .But no one’s been behind the plow longer, works harder, or writes a better lament than Josh Harty.”


American Roots

“Josh Harty is the possessor of a warm expressive vocal style that would under most circumstances ensure a good living in roots music but when you add his quality song writing and the fact that he is also no slouch on the guitar he would, in a just world, be guaranteed success.”


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