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JOSH HOYER & SOUL COLOSSAL

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 smooth soul emanating from the stage dutifully pays homage to the past soul 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 five-piece band includes some of the area's most revered and accomplished musicians. Joining Hoyer (keyboards/vocals) is Blake DeForest (trumpet), Mike Keeling (bass), Benjamin Kushner (guitar), and Larell Ware (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.

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 the spring of 2018, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal recorded their fourth full length record, Do It Now, which was released in Europe in August 2018, concurrent with a 35-city tour spanning 7 countries. Do It Now is slated for a US release on January 18th, 2019.

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. Their year-round touring schedule took them from coast to coast, including several major summer music festivals.

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 digital formats.

"If James Brown and Otis Redding had a love child, it would be Josh Hoyer. The Lincoln, Nebraska, soul shouter, and his band of merry soulsters, Soul Colossal, deliver a sound so big, so funky, so wring-the-sweat-out-of-you energetic that it reaches through the speakers and shakes you until you start moving to its groove." - No Depression

Notable Festivals:

Waterfront Blues Fest – Portland, OR

Las Vegas Blues Bender – Las Vegas, NV

Bayfront Blues Festival – Duluth, MN

Blues From The Top – Winter Park, CO

Greeley Blues Jam – Greeley, CO

Sioux Falls Jazz Festival – Sioux Falls, SD

WC Handy Fest – Muscle Shoals, AL

Riverfest – Birmingham, AL

Spring Fest - Des Moines, IA

Mountain Fair - Carbondale, CO

Pedalers Jamboree - Des Moines, IA

Jazz in the Woods - Kansas City, KS

Hullabaloo - Omaha, NE

Marquette Blues Festival - Marquette, MI

Chinook Fest - Yakima. WA

Waukesha Blues Fest – Waukesha, WI

Blues on the Chippewa – Durand, WI

Maha Music Festival – Omaha, NE

Paxico Blues Fest – Paxico, KS

Winter Blues Fest – Des Moines, IA

Smokin’ in Steele – Owatanna, MN

MLK Jr. Fest – Chester, SC

Olathe Live! – Olathe, KS

Smoky Hill River Fest – Salina, KS

Creekside Jazz & Blues Fest – Gahanna, OH

Monroe Blues and Balloons Fest – Monroe, WI

Woodsong Concert Series – Rockford. IL

Frisco Summer Series – Frisco, CO

Santa Fe Bandstand – Santa Fe, NM

Big Sky Summer Series – Big Sky, MT

Spirit of Kansas – Topeka, KS

ZOOFest – Lincoln ,NE

Bastille Days – Milwaukee, WI

Atwood Fest – Madison, WI

Forgotten Music Festival – Mexico Beach, FL

Moab Summer Series – Moab, UT

Nix Night Festival – Enschede, Netherlands

Blues Au Chateau – La Cheze, France

Harley Fest – Faaker See, Austria

Swamp Fest – Besancon, France

Soulville Festival – Seville, Spain

Yecla Jazz Festival – Murcia, Spain