Josh Smith – Bird of Passage


Josh Smith - Bird of Passage

Josh Smith – Bird of Passage
Format: CD – Vinyl LP – Digital
Label: Independent
Release: 2022

Release date: April 8, 2022

The blues ace’s upcoming effort – which features Lemar Carter, Calvin Turner and Larry Goldings

It will be Smith’s first studio album since 2018’s ‘Burn to Grow,’ which was followed by 2020’s ‘Live at the Spud.’

Accompanying the announcement is the effort’s lead single, Brand New, which employs an oversized horn section that sounds cherry-picked from a ‘50s concert hall, and a smorgasbord of Smith’s silky six-string tones.

Ever the master of harking back to old-school blues while decorating his playing with his own unique style, Smith supplies fans of the genre with just about everything they’d hope for in Brand New. There’s a bit of BB King in there, what with the sublime bends on show, as well as a boatload of tasty interlude licks.

The solo is Smith all over, though, and flexes his spellbinding navigation skills around the pentatonic scale and its neighboring areas, gliding from box to box with classy blues turnarounds and clever string-hopping motifs.


01. Doublecross
02. Brand New
03. Hopeless Quarters
04. Fat Hair
05. Rare Plus
06. The Wayfarer
07. Unauthorized Cinnamon

Calvin Turner – Bass
Lemar Carter – Drums
Larry Goldings – Organ