Single review: JOSH TAERK – Casie

Josh Taerk, aircheck (Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 26 November 2013)

 Misty Creek Records [Release Date 9.12.13]

We live in the age of the self expressive singer songwriter, whose hegemony of the air waves must make the more enduring folkies wryly smile.

Songwriting has moved centre stage again and now that rock has worked out its anger and frustration, we’re back in the bed sitter dealing with introspective, confessional songs that deal with relationship, moods, feelings and melodies.

Canadian singer songwriter and storyteller Josh Taerk perfectly fills the mould. Together with former Rush and Blue Rodeo producer Terry Brown, he’s conjured up a potential radio friendly song with a memorable signature vocal and a catchy chorus.

His mellifluous voice evokes just enough yearning to draw you in and the subtle emphasis on melodic flow perfectly evokes his heartfelt lyrics. The song’s uplifting chorus is voiced over a gentle ascending wall of sound that gives the song an epic feel.

‘Casie’ is a crossover song on which the verses flow into the chorus as Josh emotes his feelings with some Jackson Brown style phrasing over a gentle acoustic wash: ‘Casie please wait for me, baby baby, don’t give up the fight, if I could choose my faith, we’d be together tonight’.

He perfectly balances his heartfelt songwriting with the kind of emotional delivery that gives the song its depth.  Already championed by the likes of John Oates and The E Street Band’s Max Weinberg, this might just be the single that makes things happen for him. ****½

Review by Pete Feenstra

“Coffee House Session” Tour

Wednesday 27 November 2013
COLCHESTER, University of Essex   SU Bar Coffee Section 1pm
LONDON, University of Greenwich   SU Bar 3.30pm
Thursday 28 November 2013
LEICESTER, De Montfort University  The Lobby 1pm
WARWICK, University of Warwick  Curiositea 4pm
LONDON (headline gig)  The Good Ship 9pm
Friday 29 November 2013
LINCOLN, University of Lincoln Tower Bars 1pm
NOTTINGHAM, Trent University  Students Union 3pm
Monday 2 December 2013
CHESTER, University of Chester  CH1 Bar 1pm
WARRINGTON, University of Chester Starbucks 3pm   (Warrington Campus)
Tuesday  3 December 2013
PRESTON, University of Central Lancashire  The Atrium 12.30pm
MANCHESTER, Metropolitan University The Met 3pm
Wednesday 4 December 2013
SHEFFIELD, University of Sheffield  Terrace Bar 1pm
LEEDS, University of Leeds Fusion 3.30pm
Thursday 5 December
MIDDLESBOROUGH, University of Teesside The Terrace Bar 1pm
NEWCASTLE, Northumbria University Reds Bar 3pm
Friday  6 December 2013
EDINBURGH, University of Edinburgh The New Amphion 1pm
GLASGOW, University of Glasgow Café Twenty2 3pm





The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.

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Power Plays w/c 10 January (Mon-Fri)
SMOKING MARTHA Wild & Free (Xelon Entertainment)
TRUE NORTH Fix (Out Of Line Music)
COLLECTED Say When (indie)
ABOUT KINGS Heaven On Down The Highway (indie)
WHALEDOG Leave Me Alone (indie)
LED BY LANTERNS Six Feet Down (indie)
KROOKED TONGUE Freaky Love (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 10 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 BITE THE BULLET End Of The Line (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 CRYSTAL BALL Crysteria (Massacre Records)
14:00-16:00 SEAN TAYLOR The Beat Goes On (indie)



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