Josh Dorr

1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: FREE

Saturday, October 3 at 10:30 p.m.

“One of my long-term goals is to keep my sound one step ahead of the rest; I want to be what everyone else is chasing,” and with that in mind, 26-year-old singer/songwriter and RCA Nashville recording artist Josh Dorr hit the ground running with a bold and ambitious mindset for his 2014 major-label debut.

The youngest of three brothers, Dorr grew up in a close-knit family in the resource-rich oil and coal-mining city of Gillette, Wyoming, where the wide-open fields and rolling hills also helped to fuel Dorr’s love of sports and the outdoors. Football became his passion in high school and college, initially attracting attention from recruiters until multiple injuries had him rethinking his direction.

With his college football days behind him, Dorr decided to join his friends and enroll at the University of Wyoming for what was to be the start of his junior year, only to find that all of his past college credits wouldn’t transfer, leaving him essentially a freshman – and at a crossroads.

But Dorr hit a pivotal moment in 2012 when his apartment caught fire, leaving him with little more than a few clothes, a guitar, and the songs he’d written on a now-waterlogged laptop. Debating a return to Wyoming or trying to rebuild his life and bus tables or whatever he needed to do to keep pursuing music in Nashville, Dorr took it as a sign when his still-functioning laptop recovered to where he’d left it: on his music player, with the song “Fire and Rain.”

Recommitted, Dorr’s renewed focus led to co-writes on songs that landed in the USA Network series Necessary Roughness, as the theme to the Pursuit Channel series Open Season, and on the upcoming album from Casey James—a song that brought him to the attention of RCA and helped earn Dorr his record deal.

And with the launch of his debut EP, Dorr’s sights are set on the long haul, and he hopes that listeners will become fans, and that the fans will have as much fun as he does, as he says, “I just want to throw ’em on my back and take ’em on the journey with me.”