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. The first single from the album, Five Forks Woods, got airplay on over 100 radio stations and is still in rotation on several stations.
Josh released his second album in 2 years - Love In Disguise - in November, 2018. The single Love In Disguise was released with a live-action video. Love In Disguise was also recorded at Montrose Recording and contains 8 original tracks covering a range of music. Love In Disguise has a more blues/rock sound to it but still contains some elements of Americana/Folk.
The Josh Lief Band gigs throughout Virginia and beyond. The band includes Josh on vocals and guitar, Chip Hale on bass/vocals and Dan Cusack on drums. JLB combines Josh's original music with classic and southern rock plus some blues and country for a wide-ranging musical experience. 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.
"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