Joshua Glass on The Taz Michaels Show
Words by John P. Howland. Photo by Brianna Christenson.
Joshua Glass came by this week to hang out with the crew on the Taz Michaels show. The Burlington based singer-songwriter came by to show us some of the tracks off his new self-produced demo, which precedes his first solo album ‘Sidetracked, Baby,’ which he hopes to drop in the summer of 2012. Glass got his start in Burlington and has made his way through many of the city’s storied venues as a side act and band member — most prominently with Tomorrow Never Knows, a Beatles cover band. Glass’s tireless work has lead to his most recent recognition as Seven Days’ 7 Daisies award winner for Best Side Act of 2011.
After gaining steam in 2011 Glass sat down with his own material and began to make moves towards the completion of ‘Sidetracked, Baby.’ The do-it-yourself artist recorded the first three tracks for his demo, “Megaphone,” “I Lost my Marbles,” and “Man on the Side,” laying down every instrument himself.
Glass is a man of the moment, insisting on taking a new approach to the promotion of his music; stating, “the game has changed, you don’t really have to do the clichéd, tortured artist thing anymore. You don’t have to jump in a van.” Glass hopes to take advantage of all avenues of social media, as he feels taking advantage of the internet is the key to getting yourself out there while still being able to perform live.
Glass found his spark when he moved to Burlington and was overwhelmed by the communal spirit that thrives among local musicians; saying, “Musicians would not be doing what they do without the people who support them.” Tapping into the community has helped Glass grow as songwriter, a musician and a performer. As he prepares for the release of his first album, Glass wants to give back to the community that has helped him find his voice.
On the album, Glass will be joined by a host of talented Burlington regulars such as, Aaron Flinn (bass) and Sean Preece (drums). With his new direction, Glass will debut his newest contingent, The Joshua Glass Band, at Red Square on Church Street, 11am on March 3, 2012.