709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Josh Preslar “Packin’ Light” CD Release Party!

June 26, 2015  ·  9pm/$8

Hey blues fans, Josh just released his new CD “Packin’ Light,’ so don’t miss the celebration!

Josh Preslar along with Mike ‘Howlin Wind’ Davis (harmonica), T.A. James (Bass) and Kelly Pace (drums) are going to turn the BNG into a Juke Joint.  Make your plans to catch this fun and talented band! It’s going to be a great dance-the-feet-right-off-your-legs party full of blues and swing.

Josh Preslar was born and raised in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina (NC). After watching his father play he was inspired to take up guitar at the young age of 11. “I would sneak my Dad’s guitar out from under his bed when he was at work. I didn’t know how to play anything yet but I couldn’t help myself, I was drawn to it!” By the age of 16 his interest in the guitar soon became a passion and he started performing in talent shows, friend’s parties, and, in fact, anywhere he could.

Josh has since joined Diunna Greenleaf’s band, Blue Mercy (“1st Place Winner” of the 2005 International Blues Challenge), and has toured Italy, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, and more. Diunna Greenleaf is based out of Houston, TX, and has received international acclaim for her work in the blues.

When Josh isn’t touring with Diunna his main focus is on his own band and his 2010 induction as the President of the Triangle Blues Society (TBS). The TBS is an all volunteer, non-profit, organization focused on the preservation of Blues Music. “It’s a labor of love. When I’m off the road I spend all of my free time working to make the TBS a functioning and forward moving blues society”. Since his joining the TBS board they have put on two successful shows with local and national acts and hope to raise money for a blues heritage trail in NC and a TBS Blues Festival.

Josh’s band is the long term goal of his. “I want nothing more than to take my band on the road. I have a good group of musicians out of NC that play with me on my personal gigs.” In the 4 years that Josh has been booking shows under his own name he has played all over North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina at blues clubs, festivals, bike rallies, and so on. He also played for the Mayor of Kansas City for a party held at Mayor Funkhouser’s (yes FUNKhouser!) house.

Josh’s blues influences span the timeline from the early styles out of Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, to the later sounds of Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Lowell Fulson, Bob Margolin and more. He has played gigs and or jammed on stage with Bob Margolin, Will McFarlane, Dan Aykroyd (you may know him as Elwood, hehe), John D Holman, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, Slick Ballinger, Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy, Mel Melton, Harvey Dalton Arnold, to name a few. He is dedicated to music and, more specifically, the blues, and hopes to continue the tradition of bringing the joy of music to people’s lives.