Snowball Effect Please

Things are moving. Alyosha is a healthy baby. There was a little jaundice issue but we got it cleared up before leaving the hospital. We couldn’t be prouder parents. We’re beaming.

But work doesn’t slow down for the DIY hybridized artist/entrepreneur crowd, and we’re doing our best to keep up the momentum. We shot this video with friends Ricky Olmos and Joel Worshim last time I visited Michigan. “Birth Control” was one of the first songs I wrote for Alyosha. It became a big crazy monster on the record, but this is the way it sounded when I wrote it.

It’s really refreshing to get feedback on this thing finally. Other people besides me are finally talking about it. What have they said, you ask? I’ll show you.

We got a 5-star review in Lemonade Magazine (from Washington) that said, “The psychedelic folk group finally found that unique voice that everyone craves, but rarely attains,” and “Alyosha is the needed uppercut to the humdrum folk world. It is a wakeup call that screams there is so much more to the genre than a singer sitting on a stool with an acoustic guitar.” You can read that here, and our interview with them here.

Tuned Up calls it “organic and deliberate,” as read here. The Herald Bulletin in our own little Anderson wrote this article and honed in on the fact that our new album is super weird. They also taped me doing a few songs from the new disc.

My favorite interview was with Profound Distractions because he got more in depth than I’ve been in most interviews. That’s a deep cut read for sure. And my favorite review came from Justin Wesley over at Denim on Wax. You can read that here, where he writes of Alyosha, “the record should defy many assumptions of what to expect from a folk-based songwriter and musician from the Hoosier state who has been flying under the radar from town to town and is now primed to make his deserved blip.”

Also got a writeup in my ol’ Alma Mater’s school newspaper. They called it “generic’ and “vaguely sleepy,” which is okay. I didn’t expect everyone to like this thing.

I got to play on the DoIt Indy Radio Hour and the show will be playing again at 5pm tonight (Wednesday 11/4) and tomorrow (Thursday 11/5) at 8pm. I was also on The Scene on Indiana Public Radio, the show that gets recorded in Muncie, but I have no idea how to link to that.

I’m still working on stuff: PR, booking, writing. If you have any leads for press-type stuff, I appreciate the tips–this is a new world for me.

Thanks for sticking with us. The record is out now on iTunes and Amazon and Spotify. You can get the vinyl at a show, or order it from our store link.

See you on the road.

Welcome to Daytrotter!

Remember back in May when our van broke down in Quad Cities and we slept in the back parking lot of an abandoned bowling alley and we spent all of our tour income on a broke axle and it was my birthday?

Well, that was all okay because we got to record at Daytrotter’s Futureappletree too studio with Ian Harris. We played fan favorite “Jack Kerouac” from Man is Born for Trouble, as well as “Gunfighter Ballad for the 21st Century,” “Cave of Clouds,” and “Telekinesis” from Alyosha. Jacob Powell sang and played drums, Adam Shuntich sang and played lead guitar, and Jacob Huff played bass.

Renowned illustrator Johnnie Cluney immortalized brother Jacob and me in the classic Daytrotter idiom.
Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery live at Daytrotter

You can check out the first track with this convenient YouTube Link:

To check out the rest, head over to Daytrotter’s website. You can hear “Cave of Clouds” there for free. To hear the other two tracks, you have to become a member of Daytrotter, but it’s only $3 a month and you can stream and download sessions from artists like The War on Drugs, Beach House, Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie, and hundreds of other lesser-known but excellent bands. Plus, like I said: two more recordings from your boys.

Thanks forever to Daytrotter, and thanks to you all for your continuing support!