By Joshua Smotherman
“I’ve been lucky enough to work with Fuel, Jonny Lang, Melissa Etheridge, and producers like Michael Beinhorn, Rob Cavallo and Julian Raymond. I had a front row seat learning the tricks of the trade, going from inspiration to a reality. In those days, I did a little bit of everything including working rehearsals for KISS, cleaning out Pat Benatar’s garage and driving keyboards to The Four Seasons in Las Vegas for writing sessions with Michael Jackson; anything to stay involved with music in one aspect or another.”
Joshua Ketchmark might not be a name that sends your music radar into overdrive but his story and experiences speak for themselves. Bouncing back and forth between Nashville and Los Angeles for many years, Ketchmark’s front row seat to the music industry at the highest levels has given him an advantage and an edge lacking in your average indie muso.
On his latest single and video release, 17, Joshua delivers a minimal but powerfully soulful performance through the power of his acoustic guitar and voice. When layers of harmonized vocals and other sonic textures enter the fold, our emotions are triggered as we are pulled deeper into the song. When the energy picks up with full instrumentation around the 3:02 mark, we are left nodding and swaying to an impactful outro that ends the song leaving listeners wondering what’s coming next.
You can watch the official video for 17 below or subscribe on YouTube.
You can find more music, including his album Under Plastic Stars, on Bandcamp.