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Joshua Sanders

Singer/guitarist/songwriter Josh Sanders background includes jazz and blues guitar (electric and acoustic) & bluegrass (acoustic). Josh performs regularly around NYC, the Hudson Valley and Jersey Shore either solo or with his trio of Max Johnson on bass and Ben Swan on fiddle. Josh has been a guest, twice, on the highly regarded "Tennessee Border Show" on NYC's WKCR, and Josh’s music has received radio airplay on Americana/country radio (WICR 88.7 in Indianapolis) as well as internet radio (Terry Ann McClean's Bluegrass Mix, www.bluegrassmix.com).

Joshua Sanders’ songwriting shows the influences of his two longtime heroes, Bruce Springsteen and the late Townes van Zandt. Though a native of New York City, he became corrupted driving cross country on his way to college in California when he heard local bands covering “Take Me Back to Tulsa, I’m Too Young to Marry” and “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys”. A summer spent in Santa Barbara and listening to country bands covering Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash tunes at the now defunct Sportsman Bar sealed the deal. Josh’s teachers have included singing coaches/voice instructors Susan Anders in Los Angeles and Janie Barnett in New York. He studied guitar in Los Angeles with Gary Mandell of Boulevard Music and in New York with Glenn Alexander, Matt Smith and Robin Greenstein. Mr. Sanders' early band experience was primarily electric blues, which he found was tremendously helpful in terms of putting all those guitar lessons to some kind of practical use, as well as figuring out how to work with the bass and drums to form a singular sound. Since 1999 he has attended several songwriting circles here in New York, with a goal, rarely achieved, of writing one song every week.

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