Josh Lief is singer-songwriter, guitar player based in Richmond, VA. Josh’s album “Redemption” was released in April, 2017. The album, recorded at Montrose Recording in Richmond, VA, contains 8 original songs, and is a mixture of Americana, Country-Rock and Blues and is available on CDBaby.com, Apple Music, Spotify, and other download services as well as in RVA at Plan 9 records. The first single from the album, Five Forks Woods, got airplay on over 70 radio stations across the U.S. and is still in rotation on several stations.
Josh recorded his second album in 2 years - "Love In Disguise" - that was released in November, 2018. The single Love In Disguise was released with a live-action video. Love In Disguise was also recorded at Montrose Recording in Richmond, VA, and like Redemption contains 8 original tracks covering a wide range of music. Love In Disguise has a more blues/rock sound to it but still contains some elements of Americana/Folk.
Josh Lief and Big Daddy Skillet is Josh's band that gigs throughout Virginia and beyond. The band includes Josh and Jaime Lloyd on slide guitar and vocals and the rhythm section of Justin Poroszok on bass and Tony Corsano on drums. Big Daddy Skillet combines Josh's original music with traditional blues plus a dose of southern rock/jam band for a wide-ranging musical experience. Josh and Jaime trade a lot of licks in the classic blues-jam sound. In addition to band gigs, Josh plays solo acoustic shows on a regular basis.
Josh started playing guitar when he was 6 years old. His style is a mixture of the all the music he loved as a young musician. His influences started with his big three of Hendrix, Clapton, and Page. He also learned a lot of country style lead guitar from being a big Southern Rock fan as well as of the classic country of Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. He also loves the music of Neil Young, the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead and they can be heard in his lead playing and writing. He can play a wide range of styles from rock to blues to country to folk and in his solo acoustic shows does just that.
"Lief’s debut “Redemption” featured swaggering songs… with vocals reminiscent of Neil Young… It's interesting to hear Lief take things slower and more bluesy, while attempting some comparatively deeper vocals on his sophomore album, ‘Love in Disguise.’ Josh doesn't actively seek out the limelight… I get the feeling from Josh that he's lived a lot of blues."
"“Lief is a fine guitar player with a warm, husky singing voice and he also writes smart songs . . . Love In Disguise is well worth investigating by anyone whose tastes lean towards the guitar-led blues-rock of Eric Clapton or Joe Bonamassa.”"
-BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE
infused and just went to town on songwriting”
-CHANNEL 213, RICHMOND, VA
“Ahh, remember the good old days of concept albums, when words had meaning? Well, here's one for you, well worth a listen or fifty. Mr. Lief presents us with a coherent and cohesive story of a life well lived, and somehow continues on. It's what we do, if we're lucky.”
-EJ, RICHMOND, VA
“The CD is great! You are getting a great electric tone, and the acoustic stuff really shines too. I really enjoyed all the songs”
-LOU D, ALBANY, NY
“I really like your record!! Love the songs and production and of course you sound great!!!”
-SHELLY B, PETERSBURG, VA
“Tight 3 piece band . .. great tunes. .”
-DONNIE B., DANVILLE, VA
“This is great! Just what I needed to hear! Thought folks had forgotten how to play this stuff!! Made my day for sure!!!”
-RONNIE R., SPOKANE, WASH.
“Josh is the real deal and apart from being an exceptional song writer, he Kicks-Ass on guitar! His commitment to making great music continues with this new album. He plays from the heart and has lived and that is what makes an awesome blues artist.”
-SCOTT R., MOORSEVILLE, NC