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A good night out drinking can find us making best friends out of people we’ve just met, but
the best nights out are the ones that catch us unexpectedly sharing our innermost feelings
and secrets with a complete stranger. Those uninhibited moments of truth and vulnerability

are the same ones mined by Dallas singer-songwriter Joshua Ray Walker on his debut full-
length Wish You Were Here. Through his incisive songwriting, Walker faithfully captures both

the highs and lows of working class living.
For an average of 250 nights a year, Dallas’ classic country torchbearer shares pieces of
himself with an effortless sincerity that has brought his audience to both tears and laughter –
often at the same time. Told through a melodic, character-driven writing style that’s honest to
a fault, Walker depicts a cast of subjects on his debut that are down but never out.
“I often unintentionally write from the perspective of characters that I dream up,” says
Walker. “I can usually attribute a character to a person I’ve met, or people that I’ve known,
combined with similar traits I find in myself. If it’s by poor decisions or circumstances beyond their control, I find inspiration from the
downtrodden and destitute. I see myself in these characters. I use these characters to explore things about myself in songs I’d otherwise
be too self-conscious to write about.”
Recorded by John Pedigo of The O’s (Old 97’s, Vandoliers) at Dallas Audio (where Willie Nelson recorded Red Headed Stranger) and
Studio B at Modern Electric Sound Recorders, Joshua Ray Walker’s debut instantly earmarks him as one of Texas’ most gifted lyricists
and musicians and a major force in the songwriting community moving forward.
“Life is about timing I guess,” Walker says. “I haven’t changed my approach or work ethic in years, but people are starting to pay
attention. I’m glad it took this long. If it had been possible to make my record any sooner, it wouldn’t be this record that I’m very proud we


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