JOSH HEINRICHS AND FRIENDS
In the summer of 2010, Josh Heinrichs will be releasing his highly anticipated, first full length, solo album since disbanding Jah Roots last year. The album, ‘Josh Heinrichs and Friends,’ will feature a diverse and highly talented mix from today’s current, international, reggae scene. Some of the artists collaborating in the studio with Josh are Cas Haley, members of Katchafire, Inna Vision, Ooklah The Moc, Clear Conscience, 77 Jefferson, as well as others, yet to be announced.
The reggae band, Jah Roots, was founded by Josh Heinrichs in 2001, along with four musician-friends from his hometown of Springfield, MO. Over the following eight years, they released five studio albums and toured extensively throughout the United States. During this time, Heinrichs wrote a number of songs that eventually gained fantastically large on-line notoriety, and were downloaded en masse all over the world. The band’s success was recognized in the official media outlets of such locales as Guam, Hawaii and New Zealand. However, after years playing to overflowing crowds at outdoor festivals and packed modestly-sized venues, the toll of non-stop touring began to take a personal toll, and Heinirchs decided to step away from the band he had taken so far, in order to devote more time to his wife and three small children.
Throngs of Jah Roots fans, whose numbers spanned across the globe, were understandably saddened to learn of their favorite bands dissolution. However, in very short order, they had their collective spirits buoyed, when in the spring of 2009, it was announced that Josh Heinrichs would be moving forward and recording/performing as a solo artist. Shortly following his announcement, Heinrichs released, the appropriately entitled EP, ‘Things Change,’ and toured in support, with a new band “Josh Heinrichs & The Soul Riddim Band.” The new band’s lineup was comprised of talented musicians whose previous work Heinrichs had long admired. The “Things Change” tour played throughout 2009, stopping in various locations throughout the American Midwest, west coast, and Hawaiian Islands. During the tour, the many fans that turned out to support Heinrichs’ new musical vision were thrilled to discover Heinrichs, with help from his new band, was still performing their favorite Jah Roots standards -in addition to- delivering the current, and evolving music he was writing as a solo artist. As an aside to his work with The Soul Riddim Band, Heinrichs has also toured extensively with his friend, and musical spar, Cas Haley. They’ve performed numerous shows as an acoustic duet, and have even recorded ‘Favorites,’ an as-yet-unreleased album of exciting new takes on their favorite classic reggae songs. Release date for this album is tentatively scheduled for autumn of 2010. With the summer release date for ‘Josh Heinrichs and Friends,’ quickly approaching, new and longtime fans alike will be growing increasingly eager to hear the ‘Josh Heinrichs & Friends’ album, and all that Josh Heinrichs has to offer as a solo artist; an offering that’ll be greatly enhanced this time around by such an amazing roster of talented friends. by D.Wells
JOSH HEINRICHS AND FRIENDS