The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse w/ Michaela Anne

Sun Dec 29 2019

8:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

3rd and Lindsley

818 3rd Ave. S Nashville, TN 37210

$17.50

All Ages

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Josh Rouse never planned on making a holiday record.
 
"I was never a holiday record kind of guy," he laughs. Growing up, I remember hearing Vince Guaraldi and Bing Crosby and all the staples everybody listens to each winter, but I never collected Christmas music or anything like that."
 
It makes sense, then, that "The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse” isn't your typical yuletide collection. Written off and on over the course of the last ten years, the record is joyful and festive of course, but, much like the holiday season itself, it's also laced with an undercurrent of longing and melancholy. 
 
For every playful portrait of giddy lovers on New Year's Eve, there's a stranded traveler spending Christmas alone; for every slick St. Nick in a suit and sunglasses there's a lonely ex pat waiting by the mailbox for cards that never seem to come. 
 
The arrangements are eclectic and intoxicating, drawing equal influence from Rouse's Midwestern childhood and his decade and a half spent living in Spain, and the performances here are sparkling and fizzy to match, blending jazz sophistication with rootsy sincerity and sly crooner charm. The result is a holiday record built for the long haul, a wholesome, whip smart collection that's guaranteed to stay with you well after the snow has melted and all the decorations have come down.
 
"I decided that if I was going to make a holiday record, I didn't want to load it up with sleigh bells and choirs and sing the same old standards that everybody else has already sung, says Rouse. "I wanted to write something that folks hadn't heard before, something they could listen to year round."

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The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse w/ Michaela Anne

  • Josh Rouse

    Josh Rouse

    Alternative Rock

    “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, Allmusic.com

     

    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.”

  • Michaela Anne

    Michaela Anne

    Americana

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Lightning 100 Nashville Sunday Night

The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse w/ Michaela Anne

Sun Dec 29 2019 8:00 PM

(Doors 6:00 PM)

3rd and Lindsley Nashville TN
The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse w/ Michaela Anne

$17.50 All Ages

Josh Rouse never planned on making a holiday record.
 
"I was never a holiday record kind of guy," he laughs. Growing up, I remember hearing Vince Guaraldi and Bing Crosby and all the staples everybody listens to each winter, but I never collected Christmas music or anything like that."
 
It makes sense, then, that "The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse” isn't your typical yuletide collection. Written off and on over the course of the last ten years, the record is joyful and festive of course, but, much like the holiday season itself, it's also laced with an undercurrent of longing and melancholy. 
 
For every playful portrait of giddy lovers on New Year's Eve, there's a stranded traveler spending Christmas alone; for every slick St. Nick in a suit and sunglasses there's a lonely ex pat waiting by the mailbox for cards that never seem to come. 
 
The arrangements are eclectic and intoxicating, drawing equal influence from Rouse's Midwestern childhood and his decade and a half spent living in Spain, and the performances here are sparkling and fizzy to match, blending jazz sophistication with rootsy sincerity and sly crooner charm. The result is a holiday record built for the long haul, a wholesome, whip smart collection that's guaranteed to stay with you well after the snow has melted and all the decorations have come down.
 
"I decided that if I was going to make a holiday record, I didn't want to load it up with sleigh bells and choirs and sing the same old standards that everybody else has already sung, says Rouse. "I wanted to write something that folks hadn't heard before, something they could listen to year round."

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