Newcom to have record release event at Club Ebony June 28

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

Josh Newcom will be playing over a dozen gigs this year, from Florida to Oklahoma City, but there was only one place he wanted to debut and celebrate his newest album.

That is at B.B King’s Club Ebony in Indianola.

Live From the Delta, an Indianola-based organization whose “mission is to spark a movement within the music industry to give back to the land where the blues began” is teaming up with The Enterprise-Tocsin to host Newcom’s album release event at Club Ebony on June 28.

Newcom will be officially releasing his album, The Blues Gonna Getcha.

The event will start at 9 p.m. The cost per ticket is $5, and all of the proceeds will benefit the B.B. King Museum’s educational programs.

The Arkansas native is prolific, to say the least.

He self-recorded 10 albums over an 18-month period, writing each lyric and playing all of the instruments on each song.

With some of the albums getting a fresh release through his new record label, Warpaint Entertainment, it’s come time for Newcom’s blues record to get its due.

“As soon as they said let’s do this blues record, it was the first place I reached out to,” Newcom told The E-T last week, when talking about Club Ebony. “I was reaching out of the box. I didn’t think it would happen…It’s all kind of snowballed.”

Newcom said he first picked up the guitar at 7 years old.

By the time he was a senior in high school, he knew that music was going to be his only path.

“I really don’t remember not playing music,” he said. “I skipped the last month of high school to go on the road.”

Newcom still graduated from high school, but he’s been playing and recording ever since.

He said that he has drawn influences from all musical genres, evidenced by his current album catalogue that features country, bluegrass, rock & roll and of course, the blues.

“Everything comes from the blues,” Newcom said.

Newcom said B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Muddy Watters, in particular, have been big influences on him.

“My love for the Blues was first and for most inspired by Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughan,” he said. “When I first heard Muddy Waters sing and play his songs in that raw and sweaty sound, I knew that was going to be a huge stimulant for my creativity. And hearing Stevie Ray Vaughan play the Blues changed everything I thought about guitar. It literally made me drop everything and focus only on the Blues for many months. Now B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy, Rosetta Tharpe and many more are who I turn to for inspiration ensuring my soul flows out freely through my voice and fingers.”

He said that he will be paying tribute to some of the ones who influenced him on June 28.

Expect to hear the blues at Club Ebony next Friday night, but don’t be surprised if Newcom mixes in some country and rock to the setlist.

To preview Newcom’s new album, visit www.joshnewcomblues.com

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