MOTOR CITY JOSH & THE BIG 3

Catch us on the water every Thursday from 7-10pm at Octopus' Beer Garden in Mount Clemens, MI!

  • Sabby's Bar
    St. Clair Shores
    Oct 22, 9:30 PM
    St. Clair Shores, 25010 Harper Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080, USA
  • Octopus' Beer Garden
    Mount Clemens
    Oct 23, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Mount Clemens, 152 N River Rd, Mt Clemens, MI 48043, USA
  • Octopus' Beer Garden
    Mount Clemens
    Oct 30, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Mount Clemens, 152 N River Rd, Mt Clemens, MI 48043, USA
  • Motor City Josh & The Big 3 Live in Atlanta
    Blind Willies
    Nov 05, 8:30 PM
    Blind Willies, 828 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306, USA
  • Bradfordville Blues Club
    Tallahassee
    Nov 06, 8:00 PM
    Tallahassee, 7152 Moses Ln, Tallahassee, FL 32309, USA
  • The Blues Tavern
    Mobile
    Nov 07, 7:00 PM
    Mobile, 2818 Government Blvd, Mobile, AL 36606, USA
  • Paradise Bar & Grill
    Gulf Breeze
    Nov 09, 6:00 PM
    Gulf Breeze, 21 Via De Luna Dr, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, USA
  • Paradise Bar & Grill
    Gulf Breeze
    Nov 10, 6:00 PM
    Gulf Breeze, 21 Via De Luna Dr, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, USA
  • Bay Street Blues
    Savannah
    Nov 11, 8:00 PM
    Savannah, 17 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
  • Wilmington NC The Rusty Nail
    Rusty Nail
    Nov 12, 7:00 PM
    Rusty Nail, 1310 S 5th Ave #6260, Wilmington, NC 28401, USA
  • Madam's Organ
    Washington
    Nov 13, 10:00 PM
    Washington, 2461 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
  • Sabby's
    St. Clair Shores
    Nov 19, 9:40 PM
    St. Clair Shores, 25010 Harper Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080, USA
  • Trinity House
    Trinity House Theatre
    Nov 20, 7:00 PM
    Trinity House Theatre, 38840 Six Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152, USA
  • The Fairway Bar
    Eastpointe
    Nov 27, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Eastpointe, 19400 E 10 Mile Rd #3456, Eastpointe, MI 48021, USA
  • Three Blind Mice
    Mount Clemens
    Dec 03, 8:00 PM
    Mount Clemens, 101 N Main St, Mt Clemens, MI 48043, USA
  • Josh's Birthday Party at The Fairway Bar
    Eastpointe
    Dec 18, 7:00 PM
    Eastpointe, 19400 E 10 Mile Rd #3456, Eastpointe, MI 48021, USA
  • Motor City Josh & The Big 3 Live at The Bluestage Club
    Bluestage Club
    Jan 22, 2022, 8:00 PM
    Bluestage Club, 398 Brooklyn Rd, Jackson, MI 49201, USA
  • Motor City Josh & The Big 3 and Harper and Midwest Kind Michigan Theatre
    Michigan Theatre
    Jan 29, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Michigan Theatre, 124 N Mechanic St, Jackson, MI 49201, USA
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BIO

MOTOR CITY JOSH - FINDING A NEW GEAR

FINDING A NEW GEAR is the 13th album from Detroit’s veteran blues

journeyman, Motor City Josh. Born in Warren, MI to a musical family,

Joshua Steven Ford was the eldest son of parents who were both preachers.

As a youngster, Ford showed interest in the guitar and by the age of 19 he was

earning a living as a full-time musician. HIs earliest heroes included legendary

artists such as Howlin’ Wolf, Albert Collins, and Taj Mahal - all of whose

influences still ring in the echoes of Ford’s best work.

An accomplished songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and renowned slide

guitarist, Motor City Josh spent over 15 years (2000 - 2015) touring

relentlessly throughout the 48 contiguous states. He and his bandmates

logged hundreds of thousands of miles riding up and down the highways and

byways of America. In the process, they amassed a loyal following throughout

the south and all along the east coast - traveling from Key West, FL to

Rockland, ME.

In 2011, Ford opened The Sound Shop Recording Studios in Macomb, MI. In

his role as both recording engineer and producer, he has worked on more than

250 recording projects - oftentimes collaborating and co-writing songs with his

artists. He has produced recordings by up-and-coming Detroit artists such as

Jennifer Westwood and Pat Smillie. His extensive track record, his boundless

creativity, and his easy-going demeanor have made Josh and the Sound Shop

one of Metro Detroit’s finest recording studios. In 2021, Ford was awarded the

Detroit Music Award (DMA) for “Outstanding Producer”.

After taking 5 years off from the road to help raise his young children, Motor

City Josh is BACK! His latest release FINDING A NEW GEAR (which includes

several co-writes with his wife, Stacia Petrie Ford) packs the punch that his

longtime fans have come to expect! Chock full of humorous lyrics, blazing hot

guitar licks, and a skin tight backing band, FINDING A NEW GEAR is a classic

album from a veteran artist who has finally found his new gear...and, Baby, it’s

WIDE OPEN!!

Awards

1998 Detroit Music Award, Artist Deserving Wider Recognition

2004 Memphis Music Awards, Acoustic Blues Finalist

2010 Detroit Music Award, Outstanding Blues & R&B Recording

2011 Detroit Music Award, Outstanding Blues & R&B Recording

2011 Detroit Music Award, Outstanding Blues & R&B Songwriter

2018 Detroit Music Award, Outstanding Record Producer

2020 Detroit Music Award, Outstanding Live Performance

2020 Detroit Music Award, Outstanding Blues Songwriter

2020 Detroit Music Award, Outstanding Blues Artist / Group

2021 Detroit Music Award, Outstanding Record Producer

Notable Appearances

1996, 1997 Michigan Tastefest

1997 Taylor Blues Festival

2000, 2001 Atlanta Blues Festival

2005-2010 Cowpie Blues Festival

2002 Hayling Island Blues Festival UK

2003 Bring the Blues Festival UK

2005, 2008 Alpena Blues Festival

2010 Kalamazoo Blues Festival

2010 Marquette Area Blues Festival

1997, 2005, 2008 Windsor Blues Festival

2005, 2006 Illinois Blues Festival

2007 Hot Springs Blues Festival

2007, 2008 Chenango County Blues Festival

2007-2009 The Blue Crab Festival

2009 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

2009 Daytona Beach Blues Festival

2009 Southwest Florida Blues Festival

2010 North Atlantic Blues Festival

2010 Bonita Springs Blue Festival

2010 Bradenton Blues Festival

2011 BBQ Rib Fest
2012 St. Louis Blues Festival

BOOK US TODAY!

motorcityjosh@gmail.com // 248-534-6772

45777 Gratiot Ave, Macomb, MI 48042