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i'm drawn to songs that inspire or educate or question. i play folk music, in the sense of "honest music played by ordinary folks – ordinary folks doing extraordinary things." i disagree with the distinction drawn between "political songs" and "personal songs." the two go hand in hand. my songs tend more towards the anthemic than the emotional, but they are based in emotions – love, fear, and their expression through joy, anger, sadness, or delight.

i grew up in suburban little rock, arkansas. my dad worked as a newspaper reporter and my mom became active in local politics through fighting the expansion of a nearby landfill. through them, i came to an early understanding of the importance of political awareness. i prefer to play special events for non-profit groups rather than the typical circuit.

my songs address lifestyle and direct activism, capital punishment, vegetarianism, genetic engineering, morality, and even love. i am inspired by singer-songwriters in the political-folk-rock genre, including Michael Franti, Ani DiFranco, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Greg Brown, Manu Chao, Steve Earle, and John Prine.

From the start Joshin' the Giants have leaned all original. Josh writing from a folk/ rock twist and with guitarist Bob Alexander playing and writing" new grass", a cool blend comes forth. Kris Hurt on the bass puts down the solid bottom end. Jazon plays the washboard and sings backup bringing a unique but familiar sound. Based out of the S/W corner of Missouri this group is enjoying continued growth.

JIM MILLS was born and raised in Arkansas, and began singing almost as soon as he could talk. He got his first guitar at age five, after which his daddy took him to see an old timer who taught him a few chords. He’s been playing ever since. A stint as a church caretaker started his interest in piano. “They had one in every room, and as I’d clean, I’d take a break and play on every one of them.” As a child, Jim sang in church, then later with high school friends. He began performing around town and soon attracted a loyal following. He’s played all over the country, opened for J.J. Cale, and recorded and played with Arkansas’ legendary Cate Brothers.

Divas on Fire is a super-group unlike any other -- a unique collaboration of ten of the most successful women blues artists in their respective region who have come together to create a powerhouse sound. The group's live performances give audiences no relief as their show ignites and burns red hot from first to final note. Their collective history includes a Memphis Sun Studios recording artist, several Northwest Arkansas Music Awards winners, several Arkansas competition winners for the International Blues Competition, an Arkansas Blues Hall of Famer. And yet a few others have more recently started their musical journey while quickly collecting awards, accolades, and fan loyalty. The name Divas on Fire is more of a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that they have all been called musical divas, but in reality each puts the music and each other first.

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