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Josh Morningstar

Thursday, April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

folk, americana, country

Josh Morningstar

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Thursday, April 11th 2024

Charleston Pour House

Deck Stage

5pm doors /6pm show

$20 advance / day of show

Josh Morningstar

How many different lives can a man live before his number is up? If the man you’re talking about is songwriter Josh Morningstar, the answer would have to be several. Father, son, troubadour, addict, writer, inmate, fighter, recovered-all words to describe an artist who has stared down the devil and lived to tell the tale.

A recovering heroin addict with over a decade clean under his belt, Morningstar is the embodiment of the songs he sings-honest and real, his songs haunt you long after the record stops spinning. After addiction sent his life spiraling out of control (he’s done no less than six stints in different county jails), Morningstar has spent the time since cleaning up his act traveling the country, playing over 300 shows a year, while touring with/opening for such acts as Todd Snider (an artist Morningstar is often compared to due to his witty songwriting and stoner vibe), Shooter Jennings, Travis Meadows, Jamey Johnson, Country Music Hall of Fame member Bobby Bare, Jason Isbell, Colter Wall, Cody Jinks, Travis Tritt, Hayes Carll and many others. Sharing his story and his songs (his live shows are part music, part stand up comedy and part storytelling), and spreading his message that continues to inspire and motivate audiences from coast to coast and beyond, Morningstar is most at home onstage, pouring out his heart for, as he puts it, “anyone that’ll listen…and quite a few who did not.” His 2017 album “Whole Lotta Crazy” received rave reviews, and the first single “Melody” received extensive airplay on SiriusXM’s “Outlaw Country”channel. His 2018 record “The Plea,” released on Young Mary’s Records, included what’s become a bit of signature song for Morningstar: “Jerry Lee.” The song (about rock n roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis) was written with Jaida Dreyer and calls into question “The Killer’s” sordid past of drugs, guns, and-allegedly-spousal homicide, in a way that’s both humorous (or at least as humorous as alleged spousal homicide can be), thought provoking, and downright charming.

Morningstar was named Gary Hayes’ Country’s  2015 Artist of the Year, as well as one of “10 Artists to Keep Your Eye On” by, and that’s without mentioning his songwriting accolades-the 2018 Texas Radio Songwriter of the Year, as well as the recipient of the Brandon Jenkins Memorial Songwriter Award, Morningstar’s songs have garnered over 300 million combined streams across streaming platforms, and his song “Must Be The Whiskey” recorded by Cody Jinks earned platinum status in 2023. He’s written songs for and with some of the best of country and folk music-modern day outlaw Cody Jinks has recorded 15 of Morningstar’s songs, four of which went to #1 on the Texas Radio charts, while artists like Hayes Carll, Sunny Sweeney, Vince Gill, Brent Cobb, Kendell Marvel, Jaida Dreyer and others have all included Morningstar-penned songs on recent albums. His grassroots, word-of-mouth fanbase (who have dubbed themselves “The Crazies;” think of a folk music version of the “Deadheads” that followed The Grateful Dead) continues to grow with each live show, and have helped Morningstar garner recognition from critics and audiences alike-said Brian Burke (organizer of the Boondocks Music Festival)-“Josh’s fans turned out in droves for our festival, and were absolutely rabid waiting for him to hit the stage; they chanted “Morningstar” over the sets of the artists before him, so loud that we had to move his set time up just so we could regain some sort of semblance of order.”

One listen and it’s easy to understand why they are so crazy (pardon the pun) about him-he speaks to the every man: the single mother struggling to make ends meet; the hardened criminal trying desperately to change his ways; the millenials trying to find their path in the world. Morningstar is able to speak to them because he IS them. He’s been there and he’s lived to tell about it. And when he tells, we’d all be better for listening. -Greg Johnson, Associated Press

* Show is for all ages. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Attendees under 21 will be subject to a $5 surcharge. The surcharge must be paid in cash at the door on the day of the event.


Thursday, April 11
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Charleston Pour House – Deck Stage
1977 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC United States


Charleston Pour House
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