Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

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Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

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The Grey Eagle

185 Clingman Ave

Asheville, NC 28801

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Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal visit Asheville NC to make their Grey Eagle debut on Thursday September 1 at 8pm! All ages show, doors at 7pm.

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Night after night at their live shows, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal leave it all on the table, bringing crowds palpably authentic music. This is a real working band; music for the people, by the people. You hear the veracity in Hoyer’s voice. You hear the strife of a guitar amp being pushed to its limits. You hear keyboards hammering notes home while emboldened horns soar over the top of a rhythm section akin to a freight train. The raucous Funk and real-deal Soul emanating from the stage dutifully pays homage to the past Soul/Classic R&B giants while simultaneously charging forward, piloting themselves into the modern era. This IS soul music.

Hoyer formed Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal in 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. The award-winning six-piece band includes some of the area's most revered and accomplished musicians. Joining Hoyer (keyboards/vocals) is James Cuato (saxophone) Blake DeForest (trumpet), Mike Keeling (bass), Benjamin Kushner (guitar), and Harrison ElDorado (drums). Inspired by the sounds of Stax, Motown, Muscle Shoals, New Orleans, Philly and San Francisco, the band continuously crosses musical boundaries both in style and era, and joins forces each show with a common goal - to have the crowd dancing so much they forget even their smallest troubles.

The band just finished a massively successful tour of Spain in July/August of 2021, headlining three major Blues and Funk festivals with sold out club dates across the country. Touring in support of their April 2021 release, “Natural Born Hustler.” The album is their first with Denver based label, Color Red. The label is owned in part by Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds. Hoyer and company will be recorded their 2nd Color Red album, and 6th overall, in December of 2021. Set for release in Autumn of 2022, this record will be an instant classic.

On January 18th, 2019, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal released Do It Now, their fourth full length studio album. The album was recorded at Silver Street in Ashland, NE and at Make Believe Studios in Omaha, NE. Upon its initial European release in August 2018, the album drew rave reviews from European publications with Blues Magazine stating, “Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal still prove to be at the top of the contemporary soul movement.” The band promoted the album on their second European tour; a 37-city outing spanning 6 different countries. Do It Now is available on vinyl, CD and all streaming platforms.

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal hit the road again in 2018 as they traveled to over 25 states and played numerous festivals across the United States. On January 26th, 2018, Hoyer released The End of the Night, a 3-song EP and solo side project with veteran Nashville songwriters Jay Knowles (Harry Connick Jr, Blake Shelton), and Jon Coleman (Trace Adkins).

In 2017, Josh was featured as a contestant on NBC's The Voice, and the band completed their first European tour; a 27-city stint capped with a live album release from their show in Brussels, Belgium.The hard working band completed several national tours from 2015-2017, playing more than 150 shows in 32 states each year, including opening for George Clinton, Charles Bradley, Booker T Jones, and Muscle Shoals Revue.

In 2016, the magic of their live show caught the attention of producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), who joined with the band to record their third full-length album. Running From Love, was recorded at Nashville's historic Sound Emporium, and once again features Hoyer's trademark vocals and the band's signature groove. The album was released on April 8, 2016, on Silver Street Records, and is available on vinyl, CD, and all streaming platforms.

“Fire and a Natural Joy” - ROLLING STONE

“If James Brown and Otis Redding had a love child, it would be Josh Hoyer.” - NO DEPRESSION

“One of the best shows I have ever seen.” -STEVE BERLIN (Los Lobos)

“I’m a huge fan!”-JOE WHITMER (COO of The Blues Foundation)

“60’s soul with a modern twist that had our festival crowd on their feet from the first tune! Dy-Na-Mite!”- MARQUETTE BLUES FESTIVAL

“Most importantly…the crowds love him!” -OLATHE, KS SUMMER SERIES

“Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal still prove to be at the top of the contemporary soul movement.” - BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE

“Their concerts are an explosion of emotions.” - LA VOZ DE GALICIA

“The heartbreak and pain is a driving force that comes natural, and when it comes to real soul music, they absolutely deliver.” - GLIDE MAGAZINE

“His signature blues and soul music and incredible voice knocked the socks off of the crowd!”-DURANGO CONCERT IN THE PARK

“Sounds like it came right out of a smoking Stax recording session.” -JAZZ WEEKLY

“Evokes the hard-boiled funk of James Brown, the Memphis howl of Otis Redding and Al Green, and the percolating parade beat of New Orleans, but with a lean, modern energy.” - NASHVILLE SCENE

“Powerful stories we can all connect to, delivered by a band that grooves effortlessly and knocks your socks off with power and precision.” JAZZ IN JUNE (NORMAN, OK)

“When you bathe in the glow of Josh Hoyer’s music, the Love is infectious.“ GREELEY FRIDAY FEST

“This is one of the tightest and funkiest bands on the circuit today, and one of the greatest vocalists you will ever see.” CADILLAC ZACK- LOS ANGELES

““In a season of outstanding performances, they were a stand unforgettable experience. As a promoter, I hope to book Josh again and again.” -LEVITT AMP, CARSON CITY, NV

“What do you get when you combine soul, funk, and blues into one explosive package......Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal!! Josh and his band bring a high energy, joyful, and yes spiritual experience to the audience.” - GINA HUGHES (GALAXY AGENCY)

“If you enjoy artists like Curtis Salgado or Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, you owe it to yourself to check out the serious talent, wisdom and joy that Hoyer puts down on this record." – THE READER

"At its core, soul music that is actually good is music that dwells on heartbreak and pain yet translates to a sense of pleasure and redemption for the audience. This is something that is often lost in the “modern” soul music that infatuates so many hipsters today when they fall in love with bands who seemingly preach soulful songs but fail to deliver the emotional goods. For Nebraska band Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, the heartbreak and pain is a driving force that comes natural, and when it comes to real soul music, they absolutely deliver." – GLIDE MAGAZINE

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