Joshua Ray Walker (USA)

There may be fresh winds a-blowin over the American country scene. In the case of Joshua Ray Walker, it’s more of a tornado. The 31 year-old Texan songwriter and singer has made three albums that have established a solid reputation for him. The three releases are part of a whole, and the framework round the stories is a fictive honky tonk bar on its last legs, full of wannabe cowboys, dreamers and lost souls. Joshua Ray Walker writes songs that tell their tales through a variety of characters. “I learned a long time ago that writing from some character’s viewpoint teaches me stuff about myself without making me too self-conscious,” Joshua Ray Walker has stated. The single Sexy After Dark from the latest album See You Next Time (2022) illustrates Joshua Ray Walker’s ability, combining his fine singing voice, a fascinating song, and horns backing a country-soul symbiosis. Joshua Ray Walker spans several genres tastefully. His influences growing up were outlaw country music’s antiheroes like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, and his inspiration came from songwriters such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Billy Joe Shaver. His only Danish festival in 2023.