Josh Preston

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Over the past few years, you could find Josh Preston playing with a number of bands (The Mables, Daphne & The Mystery Machines, Adam Burrows, Tumbleweed Company) around Nashville on any given night of the week.

It was this submersion in Music City’s stylistic stew of rock, pop, funk, blues and Americana that transformed his guitar playing and personalized his approach to songwriting.

The experiences and observations gathered during this time have embedded themselves on his new, self-titled release.

Backed by musicians with a deep connection to the musical roots of rock and soul, these well-crafted songs dance from heartfelt to humorous and shine a spotlight on who he's become as an artist.

Josh Preston's self-titled release is an honest reflection on both his social status and the status quo.

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released July 22, 2016

Josh Preston - Vocals, Electric Guitar
Jess Perkins - Pedal Steel, Electric Bass
John Wood - Drums, Percussion
Jeff Adamczyk - Organ, Piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Georgia English - Vocals on “The Human Condition”,
“Best Years of My Life”, “White Trash Wedding Vows”
Becca Heeney - Vocals on “I’ll Be Around”
Adam Burrows - Acoustic Guitar on “When The Internet Goes Out”

All songs written by Josh Preston
All songs published by Me and the Machine Music (BMI)
Recorded at MATM Studios, Nashville, TN
Engineered by Josh Preston
Mixed by Josh Preston and Kevin Harper
Mastered by Adam Grover at Georgetown Masters, Nashville, TN
Photos by Valarie Preston (Josh’s Mom)
Art design and beards by Lisa Reed Preston

Dedicated to Al Bunetta and Gary Osborne

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Josh Preston Nashville, Tennessee

Over the past few years, you could find Josh Preston playing with a number of bands (The Mables, Daphne & The Mystery Machines, Adam Burrows, Tumbleweed Company) around Nashville on any given night of the week.

It was this submersion in Music City’s stylistic stew of rock, pop, funk, blues and Americana that transformed his guitar playing and personalized his approach to songwriting.
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Track Name: I'll Be Around
When your burden is heavy and your bones are weak
Come sit awhile and talk with me
I'll be around
I'll be around

When that spark in your eye has lost its fire
And a little warmth is all you require
I'll be around
I'll be around

Can't escape your troubles even when you're alone
Feels like everyone you knew don't even know you no more
When they make that extra effort to keep you down
I'll be around

Everyone behind you took your place in line
What makes it worse, they did it one at a time
When the rope you used to walk on just keeps you bound
I'll be around

Something bad is coming, his friends are too
And your deal with the devil has been approved
I'll be around
I'll be around

Running straight into trouble, with the hounds at your back
If the river should kill you or throw them off your track
I'll be around
I'll be around
Track Name: Been So Low
Pulled into town on a ship of fools
I knew the captain and some of the crew
Real nice people, not a thing to lose

Fractured bones and broke down vans
There's been yet another drastic change in plans
I quit the farm and I sold the band

Everybody's got an angle
Now the corners are blocking the sky

Been so low for so long
It's about time I got high

Horace said, "you gotta seize the day"
But they all seize me and sneak away
Poets and lawyers still pull the strings

The best of us are drawn to sin
Must be the righteous folks to blame for the shape we're in
Let's all double down and go around again

Everybody's got a story
For why they're selling me their alibi

Been so low for so long
It's about time I got high

Got so many bridges yet to burn
I'll be buying matches with my very last dime

I've been so low for so long
It's about time I got high
Track Name: The Human Condition
The human condition
We try to jot it all down
People kept good notes in Cairo now they're somewhere underground
We built machines to find them, someday they'll get buried too
The human condition
At least there's always something to do

The human condition
Starring up at the stars
Intelligent life was swinging by but they froze to death on Mars
We sent an ATV with a pail and a shovel but the tires sunk into
The human condition
Will leave a little dirt on your shoes

The human condition
Merging in where it can
A wave's not really a wave when it's just a finger in the middle of their hand
It’s not a friendly gesture, but their point will stick like glue
The human condition
Man, what’s happening to you?

The human condition
Could use a dollar or two
What's passed off as success, is just a bigger cage in the very same zoo
Money sits next to a french fry on the floorboards of a car that is otherwise clean
The human condition
Ain't nothing for free

The human condition
The birds and the bees
You're either humming around or getting stung, there's not much in between
When the person you love loves you back, you better hold on with both feet
The human condition
Ain’t life sweet
The human condition
Let's go get something to eat
Track Name: The Evening The World Was Filled With Love
Jesus plus water equals BYOB
Muhammad's not allowed to have his own ID
So Buddha suggested they all transcend to his place
Joseph Smith made up all the drinking games
L. Ron Hubbard passed out and woke up in outer space
Ganesh ate all the beer nuts and kept checking his phone all night

Kumbaya my lord, Kumbaya
Oh my sweet lord, Kumbaya

Zeus and the Pharos felt a little out of place
Eric Clapton never took his guitar out of the case
Confucius snapped pictures, they ended up on TMZ

For a holy group, they were awkward as hell
But left uninterrupted by mortals they got along pretty well
And that's the story of the evening the world was filled with love
And that's the story of the evening the world was filled with love
Track Name: Best Years of My Life
I had a job that almost paid the bills
It was completely deprived of excitement and thrills
But there was this one time, the copier caught on fire
I extended a pause before I put it out
Enough time for the cubicle jockeys to shout
Grab some water you asshole or we're all gonna die

You asked what I've been doing with my time
I'm just pissin’ away the best years of my life

Took a little time off to grow my hair
Which has diminished all my chances of becoming the mayor
Coupled with the fact, my papers were improperly filed
Do with that information what you will
It's too hard to roll a boulder up a big ol' hill
Just tuck it in your pocket or roll it 'round the other side

You asked what I've been doing with my time
I'm just pissin’ away the best years of my life

We spend a mountain of minutes over many days
Worried about nothing just for something to say
But nobody needs those noisy neighbors in the back of their mind
You only ever get a satisfaction guarantee
When your pizza is late, might get the next one for free
So ignore all your troubles and almost everything should work out fine
Track Name: Luckiest of Losers
Most days, I wake up already fighting
Regret and pills make up my mind
I was left at the alter again by Aphrodite
Her folks and me never did see eye to eye

There's no good use in feeling sorry
Got a longing to feel sorry just the same
The hardest thing in life is trying not rush it
The second hardest thing is just staying in the game

All I can do is put a whole lot of nothing together
Just pawned off my very last thing to lose
The shine on your shoes comes off in just a little bit of weather
Even the luckiest of losers get the blues

Lay down your tired, your sick and your hungry
And hope that something better comes along
Every tick of the clock feels like midnight on a Sunday
And it’s settling in that no one’s gonna call

The progress of man is unforgiving
So we pile on a bus and try to make our way back home
This far in, there's one thing I'll always know for certain
I'm gonna feel like a child in the land of the fully grown
I’m gonna feel like a child in the land of the fully grown
Track Name: When The Internet Goes Out
When the Internet goes out, I wonder if it's the last time?
We were starting to hit our stride
Buying groceries from home

We're gonna have to reconsider what's on the inside
A narcissistic riptide
Almost carried us away

Remember just how great we used to smell?
Is this way gonna be better, it's just too soon to tell

We used to see the world, through the limits of a small screen
Couldn't concentrate on anything
Wanna go ride bikes?

All that information floating around must've just got tired
Of the air and the wires
And went and hid underground

Pined away for things we didn’t need
And forgot the parts that made us people, now we live inside machines

Just before the end of the world, I’m on hold with the help line
Kept pressing the pound sign
Your account number please?

Is there anything else I can help you with at this time?
Thank you for your business and goodbye
Let's go ride bikes
Track Name: White Trash Wedding Vows
If you break my heart, I'll break your neck
When we run out of cash, I'll forge a check
If that check decides to bounce
We'll store our things at momma's house
If you break my heart, I'll break your neck

Not sure what to do with all your kids
I'll try to raise 'em like my daddy did
By staying drunk all the time
At least until the sun would shine
Not sure what to do with all your kids

The cops are on the front porch once again
Things just get completely out of hand
The upstairs neighbors would love to sleep
They've been pounding on the floor all week
The cops are on the front porch once again

Was it so hard for you to take a test?
Without bringing Maury Povich in this mess?
People saw me at dinner time
Learning it was your cousin's - it wasn't mine.
Was it so hard for you to take a test?

If you break my heart, I'll break your neck
It was obvious from space this train would wreck
We've come real close to acting out
These here white trash wedding vows:
If you break my heart, I'll break your neck

I do