Part of Harvest Gathering Festival (Free Admission) Josh Milligan grew up in western Pennsylvania and set out for New Orleans just a week before his
Part of Harvest Gathering Festival (Free Admission)
Josh Milligan grew up in western Pennsylvania and set out for New Orleans just a week before his nineteenth birthday. Packed in a Dodge Ram cargo van with drums, an acoustic guitar, and a futon mattress, was a deep rooted passion for music. After setting in with countless bands up and down Bourbon St. he finally landed a steady gig with Willie West at the Old Opera House. In addition, Josh free-lanced around town, playing a variety of styles such as funk, r&b, cajun/zydeco, country and blues with artists like Roy Pope, Mitch Cormier, Gary Brown, Dwight Breland, and the Rootdoctors.
One year later Josh got a call from Mem Shannon. “I hope you got enough drawers cause you goin’ on the road,” Mem told him after the audition. At just twenty one years old Josh was touring the U.S, South America, New Zealand, and Australia. Through his travels, Josh began writing songs from his encounters with interesting people such as, “Frenchy” the 76 year old cajun pimp living and working out of his friend’s winnebago, which inspired the song Lorene. Since then, Josh has used his work as a drummer to write songs from life experience.
In the past twelve years Josh Milligan has written, recorded, and toured with many different groups in an array of styles (prog. rock, soul/rock, americana folk/rock, funk, and country) from Austin, TX to New York City such as Sourtongue, Slim Francis, Yellow Lady Slipper, The Honeycutters, Forest Wayne Allen, Bruce Smith, and Much Love. Currently Josh lives and writes in the mountains of Asheville, NC.
(Saturday) 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm