Souls Without Maps - Joseph Huber
Today we are heading to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to meet our next LCM featured artist, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Huber. Joseph released his 4th solo album 'The Suffering Stage' back in April and our LCM #TrackOfTheDay is a very good taster track called 'Souls Without Maps'.
Joseph Huber was a founding member of the .357 String Band, a group that despite its abrupt break-up, still continues to gain popularity and is known as one of the most influential groups in the recent insurgent underground country and bluegrass movement. Having moved from .357, Joseph has honed his songwriting abilities immensely and now continues moving onward and upward captivating folks with his sincere and well-crafted songs under his own name and with his backing band. Whether it's irresistible, fiddle-driven, dancing tunes or honest, heart-wrenching "songwriter" songs, Joseph spans the spectrum of 'Roots' music while preferring not to stay within the boundaries of any strict genre classification.
His lyricism and introspective writing style has received high acclaim from many Americana enthusiasts looking for a more substantive substitute to much of today's modern country. Maintaining a solid touring schedule, playing all throughout both the U.S. and all around Europe, Huber continues to gain positive press, including being listed on L.A. Weekly's '10 More Country Artists To Listen To (2014).' Blue Ridge Outdoor writes, “Songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Chris Smither, and John Prine can marvel listeners in the simplest of acoustic settings. From time to time, I stumble upon a new singer/songwriter whose work warrants comparison to the luminaries on this list. ...Joseph Huber’s songwriting has me comparing him to my favorites above.”
Joseph's 4th solo release, 'The Suffering Stage' released in April 2017 is a shift both in writing style and in it's filled-out production style, which looks beyond his usual minimalist folk recordings. It features many of Milwaukee's best players, such as Ryan Knudson on pedal steel; Dustin Dobernig on keys; Andrew Koenig on electric guitar; as well as his long-time touring band members--Jason Loveall on fiddle; and Eston Bennett on bass. It follows his early self-released material 'Bury Me Where I Fall' (2010) and 'Tongues Of Fire' (2012)--and his 3rd album, 'The Hanging Road,' which was released under Nashville's 'Muddy Roots Recordings' label in Spring 2014.