“Coming back home and having family and friends come out and just being amongst Michiganders is always a great thing for me,” Friday night Downtown Hoedown headliner Josh Gracin proclaims as he talks with WYCD personality, Linda Lee. Though Josh plays sold out crowds wherever he goes, the Westland Michigan native tells that being home is just a “different vibe, different feel and different energy.”
Definitely a different energy, as ‘Josh the prankster’ tells about a prank gone wrong (at least for the other guy) when the police showed up at his bus this past Thursday. His merchandise manager ended up in handcuffs, but what happened next is what sealed the deal. All we can tell you is that it had to do with Gracin, the back of the police cruiser, and a lot of skin showing. Because we can’t put what happened in print, once you listen to the interview – you will understand the full story. The moral of which, as Josh tells it is that “you can’t outdo a prankster.” (Referring to himself of course.)
On a more serious note, if you keep up with @joshgracin on Twitter, you most likely have noticed that he is tweeting a lot of song lyrics to his followers. Though it can be a double-edged sword, Josh explains why he does it, and of course it makes perfect sense. “I noticed after being on American Idol, it’s a different dynamic for me. Artists that go through that, people go out and buy their albums and what not, and that’s the extent of it.” Josh believes that taking ownership is what keeps artists from “falling by the wayside” as many have done throughout the course of history.
By personally connecting with his fans through Twitter and Facebook, Josh feels that sense of ownership, although he admits that “I say things I shouldn’t sometimes.” The plus side is that by doing so, he gets a lot of feedback on people who are listening to and love his music.
Josh Gracin’s latest album, Redemption is available now, and unlike his first two albums, Josh wrote or co-wrote 15 of the tracks which show his ability to truly write the beautiful ballads that compare and come from real life experiences. Preview and order Redemption.
The hard part is when a situation arises, as has this past week, where he had exchanged tweets with a young lady that he describes as a “larger than life” character and “wise beyond her (15) years” was killed in a car crash in South Carolina. “She touched a lot of people of all social backgrounds, didn’t matter, she was a friend to you.” Josh obviously one of those so moved by the young Bailey Eaddy, began writing a song for her family, in an effort to “help them heal.” There is a link to the video in his tweet.
Josh and his crew wearing blue in honor of Bailey’s memory.
One of the latest by Josh Gracin, “Can’t Say Goodbye” was created for Sears Heroes at Home. The song reflects a young war widow’s story (Seana Arrechaga) and her commitment to keeping her husband’s memory alive. All proceeds from the song will go to Heroes at Home and Rebuilding Together. (joshgracin.com)
The 30th anniversary WYCD Downtown Hoedown is taking place this weekend (June 8-10) in downtown Detroit.
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