-- Harty is an old soul. He was listening to Merle Haggard, George Jones, Johnny Cash and Led Zeppelin when all his friends were hooked on Pearl Jam and the Beastie Boys. His own songs are a salve for lonely hearts and regretful minds, beautiful music that sways and dips through stories and landscapes like a train on the getaway.
Katjusa Cisar - The Capitol Times
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: The pros in Austin and Nashville have nothing on this guy."-Tom Laskin, Isthmus
"One of the brightest new things in the Country/Blues genre." -The Guardian, Nenagh Country Tipperary Ireland
"There is a dignity to this music making that leaves us feeling enriched for the experience." - John Davy, No Depression
."Josh, Josh - where have you been? We've been waiting for you" - Americana UK"
...5***** material.......from the lyrics...to the vocal....to the production, with style & substance for a chaser." Eddie Russel - Country Eastern/Outlaw For Peace Radio
"Harty's voice appeals to empathy for the forlorn... simply and subtly." Wisconsin State Journal
"An honest voice and fingers that seem to catch fire."-The Atlanta Music Guide, Atlanta GA
"Josh Harty is one of those talents who you're not sure if you should applaud in adoration or strangle out of envy." Duluth News Tribune
"An American singer/songwriter prodigy." The Nenagh Guardian, Ireland
The third generation of musicians out of the Dakotas, Josh Harty is never far from his roots but always inventing new ways to honor the old. His latest solo project, "A Long List of Lies (Magnolia Recording Co.) shows it and has garnered a fast following. The eleven tracks are as authentic as American music gets. Maybe that's why "A Long List of Lies" debuted at number eight on the European Americana chart. Growing up the son of a North Dakota Police Chief and preacher, Harty figured he was either to jail or going to jail. He was wrong on both fronts and his gentle nature reveals this to all who know him. He's got gratitude written all over him, including thankfulness for the music his father gave him. By the age of ten Harty had sung gospel and country with his father at "just about every Lutheran Church, Eagles Club and Senior Center in North Dakota." By age 12 Harty had made two records with his dad, the second one selling 10,000 copies. These days the 31-year-old Madison-based artist writes and performs mostly solo but has a knack for surrounding himself with some of the best musicians in the Midwest for his recordings. Still, these are Harty's songs all the way. "A Long List of Lies" was produced, recorded and mastered in Madison's Smart Studios. The project captures Harty's clean guitar attack, a finger style that glistens with a razor's edge. Every track is filled with the honesty of an artist who's in it for the long haul, who's writing music that channels his past while re-setting the present for what's affectionately called alt-country in the U.S.A. .