Joshua Ray Walker “Is A Truth-Teller, In The Mode Of Guy Clark Or Rodney Crowell” (NPR Music), Adds Dates With American Aquarium

Rolling Stone named Walker one of the 30 best artists they saw at SXSW

Stunning debut Wish You Were Here has been in Americana radio top 40 for eight straight weeks

March 20, 2019 – Joshua Ray Walker continues his remarkable breakout year. His stunning debut Wish You Were Here, which has been in the top 40 of the Americana radio album chart for eight straight weeks, continues to win Walker praise. NPR Music recently included album standout “Canyon” in their latest Slingshot “Station Breaks” column, and Rolling Stone said he was one of the “30 Best Artists We Saw in Austin” at last week’s SXSW. Rolling Stone goes on to say “the constant throughout for this country-tinged songwriter was his inexorable sense of storytelling, singing parables of self-reflection — and, oftentimes, evisceration — that were tortured by what his narrators could write in song but couldn’t say in person.”

Walker will hit the road hard beginning later this month, supporting Old 97’s, Rhett Miller, Wade Bowen and Charley Crockett, and he just confirmed an opening slot on American Aquarium’s upcoming April tour.

Rolling Stone Country recently named Walker one of the “10 New Country and Americana Artists You Need To Know” in their latest round-up, saying he sounds like “George Jones fronting Uncle Tupelo.” Rolling Stone Country goes on to say that Walker’s debut announces him “as a gifted singer-songwriter who can devastate with details or wring offbeat humor out of his work like one of his heroes, Guy Clark.”

Here’s what else press has been saying about Walker and Wish You Were Here:

"Joshua Ray Walker’s debut feels less like a shaky first album and more like a portfolio of greatest hits."

-No Depression

“Destined to be one of the year's finest records thanks to tracks such as ‘Canyon’ and ‘Working Girl,’ both of which are stunning examples of the way that Walker blends lyrics and melodies into tunes that will make you think, laugh and cry — or all three at once.”

-The Boot (2019 Artist to Watch)

“A lyricist gifted beyond his young years.”

-American Songwriter

“One of the most exciting voices to come out of Texas this year, Dallas-born singer-songwriter Joshua Ray Walker follows in the footsteps of Lone Star State greats like Rodney Crowell and Guy Clark with his new album Wish You Were Here. Country purists, look no further than Walker.”

-Wide Open Country (2019 Artist To Watch)

“No-skip collection of country jewels"

-Dallas Morning News

“Walker is on a trajectory that could make him one of the most powerful voices in Americana music."

-D Magazine (Dallas, TX)

"Expressing utter despair in gentle slurs and serene hope with a sweet twang, as innocent as Walker’s face. The stories he tells have all the hallmarks of someone wise enough to not simply overcome their struggles but to learn from them as well."

-Dallas Observer

Joshua Ray Walker – 2019 Spring Tour Dates

Mar 27 // The Castle Theater // Bloomington, IL*

Mar 28 // Thalia Hall // Chicago, IL*

Mar 29 // Magic Bag // Ferndale, MI*

Mar 30 // The Vogue // Indianapolis, IN*

Mar 31 // Southgate House Revival // Newport, KY

Apr 2 // $2 Tuesdays @ The 5 Spot// Nashville, TN

Apr 3 // Tennessee Shines on WDVX // Knoxville, TN

Apr 4 // City Winery // Atlanta, GA^

Apr 5 // The Senate // Columbia, SC^

Apr 6 // Motorco Music Hall // Durham, NC^

Apr 7 // Stage Door Theater // Charlotte, NC^

Apr 12 // Red River Station // Saint Jo, TX@

Apr 13 // MCL Grand // Lewisville, TX@

Apr 18 // Tower Theater // Oklahoma City, OK~

Apr 19 // Granada Theater // Lawrence, KS~

Apr 20 // Gruene Hall // Gruene, TX+

Apr 23 // Mercury Lounge // New York, NY#

Apr 24 // World Café Live // Philadelphia, PA#

Apr 25 // The Southern // Charlottesville, VA#

Apr 27 // Alabama Roots Fest // Tuscaloosa, AL

Apr 29 // Proud Larry’s // Oxford, MS#

Apr 30 // Martin’s // Jackson, MS#

May 2 // Brewster St Ice House // Corpus Christi, TX#

May 3 // Gruene Hall // New Braunfels, TX#

May 5 // Dosey Doe // The Woodlands, TX#

May 7 // Grand Stafford Theater // Bryan, TX#

May 8 // Blaine’s Pub // San Angelo, TX#

May 9 // The Blue Light // Lubbock, TX#

* supporting Old 97’s

^ supporting Rhett Miller

~ supporting Charley Crockett

+ supporting Wade Bowen

# supporting American Aquarium

@ supporting Bruce Robison

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