Catfish

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Biography

Josh Carpenter, A.K.A. “Catfish” has been performing music for as long as he can remember, starting out with singing and performing in church. His first taste as a musician came with piano lessons when he was 12-years old. He switched to playing guitar and singing solo at 15 years-old, performing in talent contests throughout Ohio and Kentucky.

In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Catfish was a regular performer at the weekly country music show, Paint Valley Jamboree in Bainbridge, Ohio. He also played in night clubs and bars throughout the Columbus Metro Area and Southeast Ohio, sharing the stage with many of the popular bands in the region at the time.

In 2001, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas and was a regular performer at the Jazzhaus and Bottleneck night clubs. From 2003 to 2006, Catfish was a regular performer at community gatherings and open stages throughout the Southeast Ohio area.

He married the love of his life in 2007 and shifted his focus to earning a degree and starting a family. In 2011 he graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a B.A. in history and economics.

Influences & Style

Catfish’s influences span from the Delta Blues to Johnny Cash, to Merle Travis and Jerry Reed, to Townes Van Zandt, and newer artists like Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson, and Colter Wall. His biggest music influence is his family’s history of playing music and singing.

His grandpa traveled and performed in local theaters in the 1920’s and 30’s. His aunt was a weekly singer and staff member at the Frontier Ranch in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in country music in the 1960’s and 70’s. His cousin is a leading influencer and accomplished musician in the Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed communities.

Catfish’s musical style is a unique combination of strumming and finger picking driven by a beat mixed with a stomp box and foot cymbal. His rough baritone vocals give grit to the songs he sings. Many of his fans would describe his music as a raw, country-folk, no BS type of sound.

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