"I released an album in 2021 but I haven't been able to tour so we are doing it now. The album title is "The Ghost and the Wall" and it's 10-tracks; I was in Philadelphia and New York; I did three nights at City Winery. I have a trio with a guy named Danny Black who plays acoustic guitar and some lap steel who is from Philadelphia and a lovely woman named Allie Moss who is from New Jersey singing backup harmonies,” said Joshua Radin in a recent discussion about his latest release, his songwriting, the recording process and being on stage.
A native of Ohio, Radin attended Northwestern University where the world of visual arts had his interest, which post college, led him to dabble as an art gallery employee, art teacher and screenwriter but in the early 2000s that all changed when Radin moved to New York City. He was gifted a guitar by his father, he taught himself how to play and then he began writing songs that would eventually alter his life’s journey. A journey that has resulted in him having the good fortune of sharing a stage with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos, Ed Sheeran and more as well as making appearances in one form or another on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Good Day Texas” and “Houston Life.”
Although the album was released in 2021, like the rest of us, Radin was affected by the pandemic which forced him to adapt to a new method of creativity on several fronts.
"It was during lockdown so I wrote the whole album alone in my house in Los Angeles and recorded it remotely with a producer in L.A. over email,” he stated slowly as he retraced his steps. “I have a makeshift home studio and so I really just recorded vocals there and the rest was recorded in a studio with a producer and we'd send each other files back and forth and it was very interesting because I never thought I could make an album like that without a live band in the room; at first I didn't think I'd be able to do it but as time went on and the pandemic kept getting longer and longer, I wanted to record these songs so, I had to get acclimated and figure out how to make this work and I'm glad we did."
Many artists and people of a creative nature use their art as a form of therapy; a release if you will. Radin allows his immersion into his art to not only allow him to be open with himself but as a tool to “Connect” with people.”
"My songs are pretty much journal entries. So, I try to make myself as vulnerable as I possibly can and I feel like that is what my fans respond to; for me, it's about connecting with people and that's why I do it. I spend a lot of time alone; reading, writing, walking around cities and when I play music on stage for people, that is when I feel a real connection to the human experience. That feeling of connecting with other human beings because I spend so much time alone, I feel something, I feel like I have a purpose and like I’m having a shared human experience with other human beings."
Now one would think that someone such as Joshua who has had hit records and more than 100 pieces of music placed in movies and television would never be “Alone.” However, for those in the entertainment business such is the case more often than one may think but despite making himself “Vulnerable” there is still an element of wanting to relate to his audiences and even though on this tour his backing ensemble is smaller than in the past; he still feels it is where he and his material need to be at this point in his career.
"It depends on the song; there's definitely not a blanket emotion from every song I write,” he explained, “Anger, love, compassion, humor; I try to evoke all emotions and it depends on what I'm feeling as to what I'm writing. I do a lot of shows solo acoustic and I like to tell stories and let people into my world, into my head and I guess it's the most naked I can be unless I put down the guitar and became a standup comedian because then it is just the mic. My songs are very intimate, I've brought out five- and six-piece bands in the past and played electric guitar and had many incarnations of instrumentation on stage with me in the past but right now, I feel like I connect the best by having sparse instrumentation and having the show be as intimate as possible."
Speaking of the show; how long are your stage shows and what is the end game for Joshua Radin?
"I average an hour and a half; if I really love the audience, I'll go two hours and I guess my end game is to continue to do what I love to do; as long as people want to hear me, I'll keep playing."
That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!
This week's event listings
Al's Airport Inn 636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton (609) 883-5252 Sat. (12 p.m.) Acoustic Brunch (5 p.m.) George Becker Sun. (12 p.m.) Sunday Acoustic Brunch w/ Mark Sacco Mon. 5 p.m. Edison Wilson Tues. 7 p.m. Mike & Laura Tusay Wed. (4 p.m.) LGBTQ Happy Hour (7 p.m.) DJ Bobby Jones Aristaeus Brewing 2475C Big Oak Road Langhorne, PA (215) 757-2337 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Sat. 3 p.m. Jeiris Cook Music Sun. 10 a.m. “Sunday Funday Brunch” Arts Council of Princeton 102 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-8777 Thurs. Fri. 7 p.m. "Story & Verse: A Storytelling and Poetic Open Mic.Bill's Olde Tavern 2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton (609) 586-0192 Fri. 7 p.m. Moot Davis Sat. 7 p.m. Unleashed Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Night Tues./Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ "Super" Dave Curtis Ages 21+ Blue Bottle Cafe 101 East Broad Street Hopewell (609) 333-1710 Wed. 6 p.m. Brian Elliot Boro Bean 9 East Broad Street Hopewell (609) 466-6681 Sat. 11 a.m. John Abbott Bowman's Tavern 1600 River Road New Hope, PA (215) 862-2972 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Neil Podgurski Trio Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan Sat. 7 p.m. Dave Dales Trio Sun. (12 p.m.) Larry Tamanini (6 p.m.) Lorenzo Wed. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott Bristol Riverside Theater 2501 Bath Road Bristol, PA (215) 785-0100 Sat. 2 p.m. FREE Spring Concerts In The Park feat. Straight Ahead Big Band Broken Goblet Brewing 2500 State Road Bensalem, PA (267) 812-5653 Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook Sat. 7 p.m. Bruce Springsteen Tribute w/ "Tramps Like Us" Tues. 7 p.m. Luck of the Draw Weekly Dart Tournament Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo Hosted by Righteous Jolly Candlelight Lounge 24 Passaic Street Trenton (609) 695-9612 Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam Hosted by The Mojo Gypsies. $5 Sat. 3 p.m. Michelle Beckum. $20 Clubhouse at Mountain View (The Patio) 850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing (609) 538-0808 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Ernie White Sat. 7 p.m. COARadio.com 125 South Main Street Hightstown (609) 241-7103 Fri. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues" Sat. 3 p.m. “Rock On Radio Indie Hour” Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. (Replay) Color Me Mine (Princeton Shopping Center) 301 Harrison Street Princeton (609) 581-9500 Fri. 6:30 p.m. "Kids Night Out!-Gnome House Canvas. $35 (Includes painting, crafts and games / This is a drop off event) Cooper's Riverview 50 Riverview Plaza Trenton (609) 393-7300 Thurs. (6 p.m.) (7 p.m.) Cosmic Jerry Band (9 p.m.) Club Night w/ DJ G3M. Ages 21+ Fri. (5 p.m.) "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere Happy Hour" feat. (8 p.m.) Journey Tribute w/ "Highway Run" Sat. (8 p.m.) Tom Petty Tribute w/ "Full Moon Fever" (9 p.m.) Club Night w/ Sun. 11 a.m. "Latin Jazz Brunch" w/ Victor Tarassov (7 p.m.) Tues. 5 p.m. “Happy Hour” Wed. (12 p.m.) "Wine Down Wednesdays" (7 p.m.) Blues Jam on the Deck (8 p.m.) Disco “Hustle” Night w/ "Guest" DJs. $5 All Events Ages 21+ Cross Pollination Gallery 2 North Union Street Lambertville (609) 213-6734 Fri. 5 p.m. "Friday Happy Hour." (Talk art, wine and musicians who bring instruments) Curran’s Irish Inn 1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA (215) 245-1800 Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo Fri. 9 p.m. Shot of Southern Sat. 9 p.m. 100 Proof Tues. 7:30 p.m. “Lunch Money” Quizzo Dacey's Pub 215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA (215) 295-4838 Fri. 6 p.m. Acoustic Music Night Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo Dadz Bar and Grill 744 Main Street Lumberton (609)267-4344 Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Nytrous Fri. 8 p.m. Whiskey Grin Sun. 4 p.m. Oldies with DJ Deuce Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Edgar Anderson Wed. 7 p.m./9 p.m. Poker Night Decades 2465 South Broad Street Hamilton (609) 439-0007 Fri. 9 p.m. “Friday Night Dance Party” w/ DJ Ran D Sat. 8 p.m. DJ Frank Oliveti Tues. 8 p.m. Karaoke Hosted by DJ Wildman Manny Eddington House Bensalem 2813 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA (215) 639-1220 Wed. 7 p.m. Music Bingo El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar 1470 Buck Road Southampton, PA (267) 685-0725 Sat. 8:30 p.m. Talking In Cursive Gleason's Bar 6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA (215) 943-4781 Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo / “Ladies Night” Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" (9 p.m.) Little Sister Sat. 9 p.m. Supertrain Hamilton Tap & Grill 557 US Route 130 North Hamilton (609) 905-0925 Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo w/ DJ Nebbs Fri. 8 p.m. Ess Gee Hamilton Veterans Park 1865 Yardville-Hamilton Square Road Hamilton Sat. 11 a.m. "Armed Forces Day" presented by VFW Post #491 Havana New Hope 105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA. (215) 862-9897 Thurs. 7 p.m. Funk & Blues Jam Hosted by The Slidewinder Blues Band Fri. (8 p.m.) Bigg Romeo (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party Sat. 11:59 p.m. DJ Dance Party Mon. (9 p.m.) "Lipstick Mondays Drag Show" Hosted by Cyannie Lopez (9 p.m.) Karaoke w/ Dwayne Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill 7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (267) 914-4517 Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo Fri. (6 p.m.) Happy Hour w/ Johnny Betz Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Mondays w/ DJ Slow Ice Tues. 7 p.m. Acoustic Tuesdays w/ Cara Cartney Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic w/ Laura Fiacco Il Portico Restorante Italiano 273 West Route 130 South Burlington (609) 239-1000 Fri. / Sat. 6:30 p.m. Live Music (TBA) Ivy Tavern 3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton (609) 888-1435 Thurs. 9 p.m. Open Mic Fri. 8 p.m. Cover Up Sun. 6 p.m. Karaoke Latinos All shows 21+ John & Peter's 96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa (215) 862-5981 Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic (Sign-ups start at 8:30 p.m.) Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational All shows 21+ Killarney's Publick House 1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton (609) 586-1166 Sun. 10 a.m. Sunday Brunch (12 p.m.) Poker Chip Jeep Run Laurita Winery 85 Archertown Road New Egypt (609) 752-0200 Sat. "Spring Food trucks Festival" feat. (11 a.m.) Pennington Station Band Sun. "Spring Food trucks Festival" feat. (3 p.m.) Junkyard Dawgs Lawrenceville Elementary School 40 Craven Lane Lawrenceville (609) 671-9267 Sat. "Lawrenceville Spring For The Arts Festival" feat. (3 p.m.) Jerry Mo Lawrenceville Main Street 17 Phillips Avenue Lawrenceville (609) 219-9300 Sat. 12 p.m. "Lawrenceville Spring For The Arts Festival" Logan Inn 10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA (215) 862-2300 Sun. 11:30 a.m. Sunday Jazz Brunch feat. Aaron Quarterman Magikava 87a South Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 862-2739 Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic McGuinn's Place 1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence (609) 392-0599 Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke Ages 21+ McStews Irish Sports Pub 5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 949-9570 Sat. 9 p.m. Midnight Sun Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam Millhill Basement 300 S. Broad Street Trenton (609) 989-1600 Sat. (7 p.m.) "TIckle My Funny Bone Comedy Show Open Mic" Hosted by Billy Da Kid & Luciany. (FREE event in saloon upstairs) ( 9 p.m.) Joker's Republic, Sgt. Scag, The End Times, Barbicide. $10 ($5 with a canned good donation) More Than Q 13 Klines Court Lambertville (609) 773-0072 Sun. 1:30 p.m. Big Frank & Mike Smit Naked Brewing Company 212 Mill Street Bristol, PA Sat. 11 a.m. Weekend “Acoustic” Brunch (12 p.m.) Music by Fly On The Wall Sun. 11 a.m. Weekend Brunch Tues. 7 p.m. Triva New Egypt Flea Market Village 933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge (609) 758-2082 Sat. 10 a.m. "Made In Ocean" Event New Hope Winery (The Pour House) 6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA (215) 794-2331 Thurs. 7 p.m. Fri. 8 p.m. Eric Mintel Quartet Sat. (1 p.m.) Stranger Things (5 p.m.) Laurie Vosburg Newtown Brewing Company 103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA (215) 944-8609 Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night Fri. 6 p.m. John Thomas Sat. 11 a.m. In-Person Whiskey Barrel Wall Hanger Workshop 6 p.m. Nick's Roast Beef 4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA (215) 637-5151 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Fri. 9 p.m. Bigg Romeo Sat. 9 p.m. LeCompt Sun. 4 p.m. Noni & Steve Nottingham Tavern 9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square (609) 587-6623 Thurs.9:30 pm. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis Sat. 9:30 p.m. Blind Lemon Pie Ages 21+ Old Hights Brewing 123 West Ward Street Hightstown (609) 469-5976 Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia Sat. 4 p.m. PB2 Tues. 6 p.m. "Beer and DuelingPianos" Oldestone Restaurant 15 South Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 862-7044 Fri. (6 p.m.) Bud Belviso (Deco Bar) Old Town Pub 135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown (609) 291-9232 Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia Fri. 8 p.m. Radio Fiction Palmer Square Sat.12 p.m. JB Rocks Pete's Steak House 523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton (609) 585-8008 Fri. 9:30 p.m. El Ka Bong Piccolissimo Italian Grille 23203 Columbus Road Columbus (609) 291-1033 Fri. 5:30 p.m. Rich Sat. 5:30 p.m. Ed Wilson Princeton Elks Lodge #2129 354 Route 518 Blawenburg (609) 466-4945 Fri. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Jim Corio Sat. 9 a.m. Flea Market Wed. 6:30 p.m. Country Dance Night Princeton Folk Music Society (Christ Congregation Church) 50 Walnut Lane Princeton (609) 799-0944 Fri. 8 p.m. Muriel Anderson.River Horse Brewing Company 2 Graphics Drive Ewing Sat. 6 p.m. Snap Dragons River House at Odette’s 274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA (215) 682-2022 Thurs. 7 p.m. Gina Corso / "Love Is Love" Gala w/ MC Eva Guasconi Sat. 6 p.m. Bob Egan Sun. 10 a.m. Michael Andrew Rossi's Bar & Grill 2110 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton (609) 890-2004 Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White Second Sin Brewing Company 1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, PA (267) 812-5251 Thurs. 4 p.m. Trivia Shady Brook Farm 931 Stony Hill Road Yardley, PA (215) 968-1670 Fri. 5:30 p.m. "Summer unWINEd Concert Series" feat. Pennise Family Band Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzo w/ Emily & Joe Small World Coffee 14 Witherspoon Street Princeton (609) 924-4377 x2 Fri. 6 p.m. Alex Fam Sat. 6 p.m. Tom TallitschSparky World-Famous Beer Garden 4333 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 943-2321 Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Dana Fri. 9 p.m. Blue Reign Sat. 9 p.m. Unleashed Sun. 9 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Cara Cartney Mon. 9 p.m. Game Night Hosted by Kid Dalton Tues. 7 p.m. Johnny Betz Wed. 8 p.m. The Trio Steam Pub 606 2nd Street Pike Southampton, (215) 942-6468 Sat. 10:30 p.m. Lima Bean Riot 1675 at The Ridges 4666 East Bristol RoadTrevose, PA (215) 876-6868 Fri. 6 p.m. Joe & Krista / Mario & Fran Tankard Pub 440 Keim Boulevard Burlington (609) 306-5079 Thurs. 8:30 p.m. The Williamsboy Taps Sports Bar 4021-4023 Veterans Highway Levittown, PA (215) 486-7862 Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke Hosted by Paula Mon. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Bill Monach Tara's Tavern 1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown (609) 286-2300 Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G Sat. 9 p.m. The Williamsboy Duo Tavern On The Lake 101 Main Street Hightstown (609) 426-9345 Fri. 9 p.m. After The Flood Temperance House 5 South State Street Newtown, PA (215) 944-8050 Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Session Blues Hosted by Steve Guyger Fri. 7 p.m. Bob & Kate Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney The Buck Hotel 1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA (215) 396-2002 Thurs. 7 p.m. Kirko Fri. Love Junk Sat. 9 p.m. Shameless Tues. 6 p.m. Danny Lynch The Cool Cricket 216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro (609) 291-9110 Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir The Cure Insurance Center 81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton (609) 656-3200 Sat. 10 a.m. Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market The Dubliner 34 North Main Street New Hope, PA (215) 693-1816 Fri. 7 p.m. JB Rocks Sat. 7 p.m. Gabriel Donohue Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session" The Five Four Bar & Grill 8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA (215) 547-5525 Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam Sat. 9 p.m. The Fredz The HOB Tavern 146 Second Street Bordentown (609) 291-7020 Fri. 8 p.m. DJ Entertainment Tues 7 p.m. Music Bingo The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant 882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA (215) 942-4000 Sun. 4 p.m. Jeff Perlman / Rob Grodden The Ivy Inn 248 Nassau Street Princeton (609) 921-8555 Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Soto Sat. 9 p.m. Funky T Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv Wed. 10 p.m. Total Request w/ DJ Rockin' Ron The Morrisville Tavern 376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA (215) 295-5310 Fri. 8 p.m. Brian Elliot Mon. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Tim Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night The Newtown Theatre 120 North State Street Newtown, PA (215) 968-3859 Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Fri. 8 p.m. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" Sat. 8 p.m. Tom Petty Tribute w/ "Damn The Torpedoes" Sun. (2 p.m. )"Mad Science Comes Alive" (7 p.m.) Aztec Two-Step Presents: "The Simon and Garfunkel Songbook" Tues. 7:30 p.m. The Pines Tavern 6217 North Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA (215) 788-1659 Thurs. 5:30 p.m. SC Duo Sat. 8 p.m. Joe and Krista Sun. 1 p.m. Mike and Shanna The Roost 181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge (609) 208-0050 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Sean Cox & Joe Hoyer The Sycamore Grill 255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA (215) 908-6326 Fri. 8 p.m. Kickbax Trio Sat. 8 p.m. Acoustic Dead & Friends The Union Firehouse 18 Washington Street Mount Holly (609) 288-6491 Sat. 8:30 p.m. Brown Sugar. $10, doors open at 7 p.m. Tir Na Nog 1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" Hosted by Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Jerry & John Monk All Shows 21+ Titusville Presbyterian Church 4 River Drive Titusville Sun. 3 p.m. Hopewell Valley Pops Orchestra. $15 (advance Under The Moon 23 North Union Street Lambertville Sun. 3:30 p.m. "Pride" Tea Dance Union Coffee 49 North Union Street Lambertville (609) 460-4637 Sun. 4 p.m. Java Jive w/ Bill Ihling Wilson's Pub 1870 Brownsville Road Trevose Heights, PA (215) 355-4739 Fri. 8 p.m. Keep The Change Working Dog Winery 610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown (609) 371-6000 Sat. 1 p.m. Jesey Sure Cats Sun. 1 p.m. Nick Moccia WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor Jazzon2.org Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues" Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.