Numbskull & Good Medicine Present
3055 Limestone Way
Paso Robles, CA, 93446
This event is all ages
“All grit and no quit.” These are the deeply rooted words that Josh Ward lives by to an absolute fault. An anchored mindset that has led this Texas country music rising star from a drifter’s adolescence to the jeopardousgame of the rodeo circuitto the punishing toilof the Texas oil fields, and on into the fickle arms of the music business.Some might argue whether it is having nine consecutive #1 hit singles in Texas under his belt that has garnered him staying power,orthat he is killing it in the social media world withover 2million views on YouTube and over 3 million streams globally on Spotify. Maybe it’s his3veneratedalbum releases,or maybe because he can not only bat a full house on a 200 plus dates a year touring average, but alsorope in crowds on a first time performance in an unfamiliar town. While impressive, all those distinctions can come and go in the world of music. The reason for his staying power turns out to be quite a simple one.And that is because Josh Ward is country music blood to bone, and both Josh Ward and country music are simply notgoing to go away.Josh spent 2017 heavily touring off the strengthof his previous album “Holding Me Together.” All six radio singles hit the #1 spot on the Texas Regional Radio Chart andWard quickly found himself going from opening act to the headliningspot in a matter of months. But in the midst of his growingpopularity, hegladly bent the knee to fellow country music artistand comradeCody Johnson who introduced Ward to his West Coast audiences. Getting the chance to be endorsed by Cody Johnson and performat sold out shows in brand new markets is the kind of opportunity music artists chomp at the bit to have. When Wardand his band returned to those areas a few months later all by their lonesome, he simply could not have guessed at the reception he would encounter. “When we went back to the West Coastby ourselves, it was sold out shows. I was literally blown away.” It was at that very point while far away from his familiar stomping grounds in Texas with new fans slapping him on the back that Ward knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that his music was catching on in a big way. The culmination of his radio success and his victories out on the road can easily be attributed to the actual man behind the music. In life, sometimes a person gets dealt a lean hand and has to choose his family from strangers along the way, people who make a conscious choice to take you under their wing and help guide you through life. Ward considers himself a very lucky man despite some rough teenage years. The love and support of his extended family and hischosen family was the concrete foundation he built
his life on, and his fans are a big part of that. It’s why they are drawn to him through the speakers,because he is what he sings. It’s why they are drawn to him from the stage,becausehe’s an old friendwho’s come back to visit. He’s the animated truth of all he stands for, a self-made family man who always has a welcome smileand anopen spot in the family. To his loyal fans he feels he owes everything. “Words can’t describe the emotion that gets put into these runsand the work that we do. And these people pay their hard earned money to see it every night. Thank you. Every time I step on stage, you guys remind me that I have more than I deserve.” And so his brand new album, so aptly named, is Ward’s dedication to his growing family.“More Than I Deserve” marks Ward’s fourth full length album release and it will greet the fans on May 4, 2018. With the philosophy of “don’t fix what isn’t broken,” Ward went right back into the Rosewood studios where he recorded all his previous releases and joined producer Greg Hunt once again behind the board to create the next dimension of Josh Ward country music. The new album is 11 tracks strong featuring the signature instrumentation from guys like John Carroll (Cory Morrow) onguitar,Nate Coon (Aaron Watson) on drums, Milo Deering(The Eagles)on acoustic guitar, steel, dobro, fiddle, viola and mandolin,and Terry McBride (McBride and The Ride)on backing vocals and also writer of threeof the tracks. The album is classic JoshWard style on every front with just a little more gusto and a little more miles on it. Full bodied and emotionally fragrant, every song jumps out kicking up the kind of country music nostalgia Ward is revered for. The first single “All About Lovin’” (written by Brice Long, Terry McBride and Chris Stapleton)tells youeverything you need to know about this album, a sexy tonkafied driver of a song that guarantees you’ll be lacing up your dancing shoes by the time you hit the chorus. “Home Away From Home” is country piled on top of more country, and is, as the songsays, “a two steppin’ juke box heaven.” While Ward has never been afraid to sing other people’s songs due to his belief that a good song simply needs to be heard, his own savvy for the art just so happens to be represented onthree of the most powerful tracks. “A Cowboy Can” is the true grit of this album and is what Ward says best describes himself. “One More Shot Of Whiskey” is a sobering tale told with 90 proof conviction, and then there is“More Than I Deserved” ringing out with its vulnerable steel and head hanging resolve. “More Than I Deserve” is country music addiction in its purest form. Josh Ward did not reinvent the wheelhere, but damn, it’s polished surfacesure rides smooth. Josh and his band will be seeing a lot more of the country this year hitting a lot of new places on his never ending tour. It’s still hard for him to believe he has come this far andhe doesn’t take one mile of it for granted. “I never thought I would be rolling down the road with one of the hottest bands in Texasplaying shows across the United States. I’m happy to be here.” The Josh Ward band isJosh Ward (lead vocals, rhythmguitar), Steve Cargill (bass), Travis Bishop (keys, organ, harmony vocals),Justin Cognito (drums), Rob Smith (lead guitar) and Cody Angel (steel guitar)
Recording artist Charlie McNeal hopes to become a household name across America. Rest assured, overnight success isn’t something that Charlie is interested in and he is working hard to make sure he is making music that is true to who he is and something he can be proud of.
McNeal’s debut single,”A Little less Coke (And A Lot more whiskey),” serves as a small taste of what he has to offer through his first full-length record, Remember The Time. Mixed by Nashville’s resident “go-to” guy, Kelly Shoenfeld and produced by Kim Copeland, Remember the Time proves that the steel guitar and fiddle are still alive and well, and traditional country music can still make a splash in this industry. Charlie cares deeply about traditional country music, yet he manages to craft the perfect formula for a song that both modern country fans and traditionalists alike can appreciate. Copeland brought in top Nashville musicians including Joe Spivey from the Time Jumpers, John Anderson Fame, and Steve Hinson , who has played steel guitar on countless records. Copeland also took extra care to make sure the music matched the songs.Of the 10 songs on the album, McNeal wrote or co- wrote 5 of them. Whether it’s through the tear-jerking “Remember the Time,” or the upbeat anthem “Little Less Coke,” McNeal’s songwriting stretches far beyond his 16 years.
Those who have witnessed the youthful California native live, can testify to the energy and raw emotion he pours onto the stage every time he gets in front of a crowd. Alongside a deep, rich voice with gritty undertones, you hear a little bit of all his influences from Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, to Randy Travis. While his deep, old country style vocals set the tone for a fresh breath of air in the scene, what’s most impressive may be McNeal’s ability to make you believe he has lived all of the heartbreak and rowdy times he sings about. When asked by Steve Hinson (steel guitar) how many songs he wanted steel guitar played on his record, the answer was simple “All of them”. He is unapologetically country!
Charlie was born in San Luis Obispo CA about 2 hours west of Bakersfield. He has a large extended family and was exposed to Waylon, Merle and George Jones as his uncles would sing around on the front porch. Being raised in SLO as its known, isn’t exactly the hotbed of country music. As Charlie began playing at 15, he was greeted with open arms by the local musicians. Charlie quickly gathered a following of others like him who missed the sound of old country songs playing on the radio, and soon was headed to Nashville to record his first album.
When asked why he likes country music Charlie said “What makes me want to listen or write country music is the way every song had a story to tell. Country used to be about being real, about everyday lives. I want to make that kind of music” Charlie has been putting everything he can into crafting his talent and showing the world what he has to offer.