The Synchronicity of All Gears in Motion

We’re celebrating the fact that Alyosha will officially come into being, kicking and screaming against the harsh light of the world, in 8 short days.

In the meantime, I thought you all should know what’s happening in our neck of these Hoosier plains.
Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery live at Starry Night
We got the amazing opportunity to share a billing with Seabird, Mike Mains & the Branches, and Jude Moses at the whimsical Starry Night festival in West Lafayette last weekend, and it was one of the best shows of my entire life. Thank you thank you thank you to all our new fans and friends in the greater Purdue area. We’ll be at Hunter’s Pub Down Under on Halloween, so let’s hang out agin then. You can also read an interview I did with the Purdue Exponent right here.

For those of you have asked about the song “Principles of Salt,” you can download it for free over at our Noisetrade page.

We’re also releasing a new video that we’ve been sitting on for a year now. My good buddy Collin from the band The Way Down Wanderers sat in with me to perform an early version of the song, “The Farmer and the Viper,” off of Alyosha. You can see that video right here:

For those wondering about the vinyls, there was an issue at the manufacturer with a broken stamper, so we’re behind schedule, but I expect to have them by October 15th.

Here are the rest of our shows in October:
10/10 – Thirsty Scholar in Indianapolis, IN (full Alyosha performance)
10/15 – Cotton House in Columbia, MO
10/16 – Lucky’s in Wichita, KS
10/17 – Shady Tree in Tulsa, OK
10/18 – San Loo in St. Louis, MO
10/25 – Heartland Film Festival closing gala – Indianapolis, IN
10/31 – Hunter’s Pub Down Under in West Lafayette, IN

Some other great news: we signed with Castle Peak Music out of LA! Castle Peak is a licensing agency, so the goal of working with them is to secure placements in television and film. We’re building a great relationship with the owner there, and are very excited about the opportunities that are bound to arise from this new partnership. To clarify, we’re still an unsigned, independent band, and Alyosha is a self-released record, but we are hoping that this licensing deal will help expand our net! So knock around the Castle Peak website and check out some of the other great artists on the roster.

I’ve posted “Gunfighter Ballad for the 21st Century,” Alyosha’s first single, in our embedded Soundcloud player! Check it out there, or see the live acoustic version I did at a Milwaukee show recently!

And lastly, I got the chance to do a great interview with indie music blog, black on the canvas. Check that out right here!

Lots of exciting things are happening, and none of it would be possible without your continued support. Make sure you’re tracking with us on social media, pass the word along to your friends, and come see us at the next show near you! Happy autumn!

-Joshua

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!