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Josh Dorr
Singer/Songwriter

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“One of my long-term goals is to keep my sound one step ahead of the rest; I want to be what everyone else is chasing,” and with that in mind, 26-year- old singer/songwriter and Nashville recording artist Josh Dorr hit the ground running with a bold and ambitious mindset for the release of his 2014 major-label debut, the four-song Josh Dorr – EP.

Produced by Jim Catino, the collection features three songs co-written by Dorr on an EP that underscores the lyric-driven, rock-edged brand of country that Dorr calls his own.

The youngest of three brothers, Dorr grew up in a close-knit family in the resource-rich oil and coal-mining city of Gillette, Wyoming.

Josh Dorr is a singer/songwriter from Gillette Wyoming.

Josh signed a worldwide publishing deal with Ole, and had his first cut with the company with Casey James.
Going into the studio March of ’16 to record his next EP with critically acclaimed producer Marshall Altman who has worked with Amy Grant, Will Hoge, Eric Paslay, and Frankie Ballard. This project will be out Summer of 2016.
Josh’s current single “Rocket” has over 906,007 total streams on Spotify, with a steady increase of streams gained each week. He is currently included on Spotify’s “New Boots”, “Country On The Rise” and “Wild Country” playlists.
Dorr penned “Down Goes The Cowboy” with Ole writer Bruce Wallace and Ole legacy writer Kaci Bolls. The song placed in the Top 3 in the International Songwriting Competition.
Josh co-wrote the theme song for the television series Open Season and had the song “I’d Look Good On You” featured in the USA Network’s Necessary Roughness.
Josh recently cut “Down Goes The Cowboy” for his upcoming Las Vegas NFR residency for RAM Trucks.
“Rocket” is playing on SiruisXM and has been chosen as a Highway Find.
http://www.joshdorr.com

Social: (Feb 2016)

Facebook: 10,353 likes
Twitter: 7,497 followers
Instagram: 4,989 followers
YouTube/Vevo: 1,127 subscribers, 262,870 views
Spotify: 134,778 monthly listeners

Musically, Dorr was reared on country radio of the ’90s: “I’m a huge Dwight Yoakam fan,” he says, citing Garth Brooks, George Strait, and Brooks & Dunn among the voices that helped define his country listening.

“Some of my best memories growing up were just riding around in my dad’s truck –back when seat-belt laws weren’t really that big in Wyoming,” Dorr smiles, “and I’d be walkin’ around on the bench seat, and I don’t know why, but ‘Heartland,’ the George Strait song, is like a time machine for me. Every time I hear that song, I am standing on my dad’s seat in his truck.”

Dorr’s college-era listening offered more than the two clear radio stations in Gillette, exposing him to a range of talent that broadened his palette beyond country, including such artists as Tom Petty, The Wallflowers, Dave Grohl, Ryan Adams, and John Mayer.

“I love the storylines of country and mixing that with the rock & roll edge that I try to bring to my style of country.” Noting the openness of the country format, Dorr says, “It’s great for people like me because I’m not a straightforward George Strait traditional kind of guy; I grew up on that, but it’s just my own thing.”

Lyrically, Dorr also wants to build a candor into his songs, “saying things in a way that I want to say ’em, and not being afraid to say it.”

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But musically or lyrically, it’s Dorr’s passion to create music that will endure: “We want it to be cool now and cool 10 years from now, and then 20 years from now.” But Dorr hit a pivotal moment in 2012 when his apartment caught fire, leaving him with little more than a few clothes, a guitar, and the songs he’d written on a now-waterlogged laptop. Debating a return to Wyoming or trying to rebuild his life and bus tables or whatever he needed to do to keep pursuing music in Nashville, Dorr took it as a sign when his still-functioning laptop recovered to where he’d left it: on his music player, with the song “Fire and Rain.”

Dorr smiles, “That was a big moment in my life.” Recommitted, Dorr’s renewed focus led to co-writes on songs that landed in the USA Network series Necessary Roughness, as the theme to the Pursuit Channel series Open Season, and on the upcoming album from Casey James – a song that brought him to the attention of RCA and helped earn Dorr his record deal.

And with the launch of his debut EP, Dorr’s sights are set on the long haul, and he hopes that listeners will become fans, and that the fans will have as much fun as he does, as he says, “I just want to throw ’em on my back and take ’em on the journey with me.”