Sprawling From East Nashville, Joshua Black Wilkins' blend of American music is helping define the new "alternative country" sound. Taking influences from across all genres of American music, his new album, Hellbent & Brokenhearted showcases not only the sounds of Nashville's "lower Broadway" but more diverse instrumentation and song structures. Written with an acoustic solo record in mind, the songs are well grouped to shape the description of it's title. Using members (or former members) of bands like Agent Orange, Tarbox Ramblers, Rosie Flores' band, Bad Livers, Hank III and the Camaros, the musicians are challenged to create a new sound for Joshua, and make it authentic and with the help of bass player Scott McEwen as producer, they have.
Both intimate and moving at times, and forceful and cruel at other times, the record bridges Joshua's solo performances with the intense power of his band on stage. With little left to the imagination in his songwriting, his lyrics go straight for the throat.