Josh Carples: “The Wind to Push the Sails”

By on 13 November, 2013 in Art, Music with 0 Comments

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Montgomery’s Josh Carples returns home fresh off the release of his third solo acoustic album and a subsequent tour that spread his music throughout Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Those familiar with his work will recognize in Carples’ latest project his emotion-forward approach and brooding tone paired with expressive imagery and grave honesty. Subtle backing instruments and infectious melodies reinforce Carples’ warning to both his tragic muse and his listener in the song “As Caution Hit the Wind” that he is “not that easy to forget.” The poignancy of Carples’ poetry is naturally complimented by his emotive voice. He expresses a fuming anger only softened by deep sadness. Indeed, there are moments on the record one feels he might completely break down in tears, as he breaks something. Ghost of a Town is a record of betrayal.

Carples’ previous records, 2008’s Note from the Georgian Hotel and 2010’s The Final Scene explore similar themes and moods. Heartbreak, desperation, confusion, mental anguish, and loneliness converge dramatically in Carples’ work. Though plagued by agony, sorrow, grief and doubt, Carples delivers his tortured voice with prominent confidence. His songs may be painful, but they are certainly unafraid. Josh’s music may be best summed up in his own words, from “Forget the Daylight,” the second track of The Final Scene: “I’ll stay on the outside and fight what I cannot hide…This feeble heart won’t know a side that I cannot show.” Josh’s work is easily accessible at http://joshcarples.wordpress.com/.

Carples plays guitar, keyboard, synthesizer, theremin, tambourine and percussion in powerhouse local band Hail the Titans, which has generated much deserved popular and critical acclaim over the past three years for their experimental, ambient progressive-rock furor. Their loyal fan base and high-energy performance have consistently thrilled the Montgomery music scene and impressed audiences throughout the southeast. This year, Hail the Titans has followed up their 2011 face-melting debut album Hymns of Mare Nostrum with two-song, twenty-three-minute EP fig. For all the excitement and power of Carples, Wes Andrews, Trey Baldwin and Adam Davila’s collaboration, their polished craftsmanship and distinctive creativity set them apart as a must-see Montgomery act.

Carples will be performing in the Cloverdale Playhouse’s 21st installment of the Joe Thomas Jr. Third Tuesday Guitar Pull on November 19. This monthly night features three unique singer/songwriter acts from throughout the southeast sharing their songs and stories in the Playhouse’s intimate and captivating atmosphere. On the 19th, Carples will be joined by Sidney Phelps of Union Springs and Hannah Thomas of Covington, GA. Admission is $10 and the performance begins at 7 p.m. Lend support to one of Montgomery’s most beloved songwriters.

Michael Thornton studied English at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and works as a singer/songwriter in Montgomery, AL.

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