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Friday, June 1, 2007

My Night With Josh Gracin...

Before there was Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler or Bucky Covington to carry the “Idol” country torch, there was Josh Gracin.

But with the delay of his second album, Josh has gotten a little lost in the “Idol” shuffle. That's a real shame because Josh has got the goods as we saw in Portsmouth last night…

It’s nice to see artists who care about giving their fans a good show and Josh certainly delivered with his constant fan interaction. He threw t-shirts, drumsticks and even water into the crowd. During a rousing rendition of “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up), Josh was all over the venue to mingle with the audience who screamed through every minute of it.

And why wouldn’t they scream? Josh is every bit the hottie he was on “American Idol.” In fact, I would say he’s even hotter in person…

The hour-long set was pure energy as he performed several cuts off his first CD including “Wheels” and “Turn It Up.” “I Want to Live,” Josh’s first #1, was the second song of the show and a slightly faster pace for it worked nicely. There was also a scorching cover of Loverboy’s “Workin’ for the Weekend.”

The sweetest moment of the night was when Josh performed Third Day’s “Cry Out for Jesus.” I think Josh could have a real niche in Christian music if he ever wanted to go that route.

The segue into “Brass Bed” was a little strange at first, but the performance was so earnest, it was hard not to swoon. Even Marti Dodson of Saving Jane was singing along.

And of course Josh saved “Nothing to Lose” for last, whipping the crowd into one last frenzy before he doused them with water and left the stage…

There’s no doubt that Josh has come a long way from his “American Idol” days and he will undoubtedly keep getting better and better with his second CD—if we ever hear it.

The fine folks at Lyric Street Records tell me that Josh’s new CD should be out this fall, but I have to say that I’m still concerned. Josh did perform “I Keep Comin’ Back” and “All About Y’All,” but there was very little else in the way of new material. And even Josh himself didn’t seem certain about when the album would be out, saying something about recording material we’ll never hear.

A recent “USA Today” article said that Josh’s CD (which was supposed to be released last fall) was scrapped so his label could find better material for him after “I Keep Comin’ Back” didn’t chart all that well. There were also a few rumors flying last night about the delay…

Whatever the reasons, I hope they get resolved soon because Josh Gracin deserves to be a bona fide country star...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Josh Gracin Comes to Portsmouth

My apologies for the late notice on this one, but I got so caught up in the show hoopla, I forgot to tell you...

Josh Gracin will be performing at Shawnee State University Thursday, May 31st at 7 p.m. in the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center.

Along with Josh will be Wylde Bunch and Saving Jane.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the McKinley Box Office or by calling 740-351-3600. Tickets will also be available at the door...

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Monday, March 19, 2007

"Idol" Week on "Live"

"Live With Regis and Kelly" will feature several "Idol" alumni during its "Idol" week this week...

And yes, I think we all know which alum will not be a part of the week--even though his recent co-hosting stint on "The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet" showed us that Clay is a natural for it...

Elliott Yamin will start things off Tuesday, March 20th with a performance of his first single, "Movin' On." Of course, March 20th is the release date of his CD.

Then Wednesday, March 21st, Bucky Covington will perform his single, "Different World."

Thursday, March 22nd, it's Josh Gracin's turn to perform.

And on Friday, March 23rd, this week's eliminated contestant will perform. If there's any justice in the world it will be Sanjaya, but can America really handle another performance from him? Maybe it will be their punishment for keeping him in there so long...

Normally I would watch all of these performances and tell you about them, but since I have made a vow to never watch "Live" again--especially with Regis gone--you all will have to tell me about them.

I'm especially intrigued by Elliott Yamin making "Live" his first stop on his publicity junket. As those of you who watch the show know, "Live" is not the easiest place to perform with the early hour and Gelman's strict two-minute rule. It should also make Bucky's performance fairly interesting...

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Breaking News: Josh Gracin Coming to Town!

Josh Gracin is coming to Ashland!

He'll be here Saturday, March 3rd as part of the WTCR Highway 23 Jamboree at the Paramount Arts Center.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. You can get them at the Paramount Box Office Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Friday, February 9, 2007

Josh Gracin "Keeps Coming Back"

I have to say I was a little worried about Josh Gracin when his new CD didn’t come out last fall as originally scheduled.

But now, Josh is back with a new single, “I Keep Coming Back.” His CD is now scheduled for release this spring. You can also catch Josh on “Wheel of Fortune” February 14th.

As for the delay of his CD, it might have something to do with the birth of his daughter, Gabriella, November 15th.

By the way, if you’re a country music fan, I highly recommend Josh’s debut CD, “Josh Gracin”…

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