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Cities And States


Genres: Indie / Pop / Folk Rock

Location: Salem, MA

Stats: 561 fans / 48,028 plays / 38 plays today





4 tracks

Members: Josh Richard: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums etc.

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My name is Josh and this is my music. I've been writing and recording since about 2004, and I perform/produce all the tracks. I'm a self-taught guitarist, pianist, bassist, drummer, banjoist, mandolinist, and singer. I record on my laptop, and I try to write something everyday that I think would be worthy of sharing with other people and making them react in one way or another.

Since I started writing, my influences have shifted from artists such as singer/songwriters Elliott Smith, Ben Gibbard, and Sufjan Stevens, to more experimental/pop artists such as David Byrne, Paul Simon/Paul McCartney. I try to write concise songs that catch your attention and let it go before you're ready. I'm attempting to balance my love of short pop tunes with the undeniable beauty and chaos of experimental music.

In July 2010 I embarked on a month-long roadtrip with my best friend Jordan through the South, and we brought our instruments with us. We played shows in Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Texas, mainly just walking into different bars and asking if any bands needed an opening act. As a two piece band, Jordan on drums and myself on guitar/vocals, we performed as Cities & States and it was a life-altering experience entertaining total strangers. I look forward to playing more shows in the future in different cities around the States, and perhaps even internationally.

Enjoy my music, and don't hesitate to contact me if you do in fact enjoy yourself.

Thank you,
Josh Richard

P.S. The songs that have been de-activated for download on Cities & States' PureVolume are for sale on Bandcamp.com. Just visit the "bandcamp" link on the right sidebar of this page and you will be directed to the site!


  • karli. said:
    Absolutely amazing. :] Mar 13
  • Baeyle said:
    New favorite :) Feb 23
  • Brayson Wertz said:
    Hey man, my names Brayson. I write music myself and our music is freakishly similar. I'm still working on getting the quality recording that you must have. Anyways I love your stuff man. Wish we could somehow meet and collaborate. It would be brilliant. Keep writing. You got the talent to make it man. I'm definitely a fan. Feb 09
  • beforeallthis said:
    I still have a copy of What I'm Looking For from 2005 or 2006. Sep 27
  • kellylauren said:
    you are incredibly talented! i downloaded the song "little face" a while back, and it is still one of my favorites. Mar 26
  • Falling Waffles said:
    hey i really enjoyed that u covered smith's song. it sounds/feels the same and different at the same time. =] have a great summer. Jun 20
  • chad.mckenna.777 said:
    You're music is amazing, you've got some real talent. Jun 17
  • said:
    Haha dude, i was just looking at Wheaton College and stuff and to see if its right for me. Thats wicked sick and a coincidence that you go there. ..Kind of. haha Love the music Dec 13
  • said:
    yo man you\'re cover is amazing, as is the rest of your music. you should definitely look into putting out an EP asap. Nov 20
    My friend just told me to listen to you. So I did, and I absolutely love your music. Nov 17
  • Angel-Longstaffe said:
    your music is so captivating. I listen to it non stop and it\'s so calming. I\'m always in a good mood whenever i listen to you. You should sell cds cause i would definately buy one from you. i hope you have a great day. Angel Sep 18
  • Jamie Kristine said:
    i cannot pass this page without leaving a comment. words that jump in my mind as i listen to postcard are: beautiful, warm, liquid, autumn, light, dark, swirling, fate, rain, sun,feilds, cherry blossoms...more. to me it is amazing, that word not doing it justice, that so much talent in one person is insane. and all that talent growing to a sound unique and divine past the point of brilliant and clever. i love it Jul 29
  • TechnicolorEyes456 said:
    wow! i love your music :) the song postcard is my favorite.........it\'s so amazing! Jul 12
  • uh_oh_oreo08 said:
    if you would seriously send me a cd i would like one please address: maison correll 1090 greenwood drive watkinsville ga 30677 thanks ur amazing Jun 27
  • natrat said:
    wonderful voice and music! Jun 20

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