JOSH CHRISTINA TO DEBUT “JOSH CHRISTINA: OFF THE CUFF PIANO STYLE”

JOSH CHRISTINA DEBUTS “JOSH CHRISTINA: OFF THE CUFF PIANO STYLE”
The Country-Rockabilly Artist Releases First Video In Series On Popular Piano Licks

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 22, 2015) – Piano ace and Baltimore native Josh Christina today debuted his first of several videos in his new series, Josh Christina: Off the Cuff Piano Style, featuring famous licks he’s transitioned to piano for fans and fellow musicians.

The first video in the series, which features instruction on a classic country lick, is available for viewing here.

Some of the other videos feature famous licks by some of Christina’s inspirations, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Floyd Crammer and Charlie Rich.

On the subject of his sound – unique to the country genre – Christina has made clear he’s leading a trend that’s been a long-time coming. “I think the country genre is beginning to shift back to its roots. Meghan Trainor has done it with the pop genre, taking it back to its roots with her sound’s doo-wop influence. Bruno Mars has done the same in R&B with notes of funk in his sound. Slowly but surely, artists in the country genre are putting their foot down and adding notes of classic country and rock to their sound. If anything, I feel I’m at a bit of an advantage. My sound isn’t headed that direction. It’s already there.”

Christina’s first single, original tune Cry You A River, shipped to country radio and can be heard on stations nationwide.


 

About Josh Christina:
It’s a path that seemed destined from the start. Born into a musical family, Baltimore-based rockabilly artist Josh Christina gets his musical chops from his father (a drummer), his mother (Baltimore-area singer Patti Christina), and his grandmother, who was a big band singer in the ’40’s and ’50’s. Christina’s personal journey began at age six, when he took an interest in the King himself – Elvis Presley. By eight, Christina had organized a Junior Blues Brothers act that performed regularly at venues in the Baltimore area. At 15, he began playing piano after taking a trip to New York City with his parents to see Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway. “While I bought tickets out of my love for Elvis, I remember being blown away by the styling’s of Jerry Lee Lewis… He had such flare. He redefined the piano for me.” With his newfound passion for piano, Christina began writing, drawing inspiration from the “simple yet clever corny rhymes” of writers Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Stevie Ray Vaughn. After graduating from Dulaney High School in 2013, the Cockeysville native went to work on his debut album, produced by John Grant at Secret Sound Studio. Man From Another Time featured several rock and roll and rockabilly covers, along with a few original songs written by Christina. Just a year later, his talents caught the attention of Nashville-based producer Kent Wells (Dolly Parton), who immediately got to work with Christina on his sophomore effort, Good Old Love. Aside from recording, Christina plays area venues regularly with his band, Good Old Stuff. To learn more about Josh Christina, click here.