It took an amazing artist for me to ask Autopsy IV if I could write my first guest post after six years of visiting 9b. In August of this year, I compiled a list of my top five artists to see live that I’ve never seen live. This is my list in priority order:
1. The Weight
2. Joshua Black Wilkins
3. J Roddy Walston
4. William Elliott Whitmore
5. The Fox Hunt
I discovered JBW’s music in 2005 after learning that Rich Gilbert of Frank Black & The Catholics was frequently playing guitar and pedal steel with JBW in the bars of East Nashville. In 2005, I bought Hellbent and Brokenhearted, copied it to cassette, and listened to the record as I drove the California coast from San Diego to San Francisco in my Eldorado. Immediately after coming home, I bought JBW’s first two records, Black Boots and a Suitcase and 17th & Shelby.
In 2006, Rich Gilbert produced JBW’s 5-song EP Pretty as a Junkyard and played guitar and pedal steel on the record. As a Catholics fan, I love the loud guitars, distortion, and feedback that are so much heavier than the acoustic songs of Hellbent and Brokenhearted.
JBW writes love songs, but with love comes lust, hate, and revenge. On While You Wait, JBW plays these songs with loud guitars. But, he also continues to write acoustic love songs that are much more about heartache like on The Girlfriend Sessions. No matter what your preference, if you love real country music, I bet you’ll love seeing Joshua Black Wilkins play his ass off and sing his heart out on Saturday night. Come to the Local 662 in St. Pete. on the 17th. And get there early, he’s opening for Face to Face’s acoustic set.