Lost in Holland
LIVE on Folk & Beyond with Aer Stephen
Thursday, September 17, 2009, 5:30 PM
Michael Ronstadt, Josh Hisle
"He (Josh Hisle
) sings with a lot of heart. With a kick ass band his music could reach many ears and hearts. I was struck by this man and his dedication."
- Neil Young -
"An awesome fusion of sound...Josh's brilliant folk twinged guitar runs being complemented by Michael's wonderful, soaring cello."
- Scott Sandie, Broken Arrow Magazine
As the sun broke into the sky and began to burn, Josh Hisle
was returning from yet another sleepless night of fighting a faceless enemy. With his mind racing towards a breaking point, he needed an outlet to release all the anger and pain. He dropped his gear, put down his rifle, and picked up a nasty broken acoustic he and his brothers laughingly called "the vet". He stepped out the door of his haggard shelter and sat down to play. Not long into that morning he had completed the song, "A Traitors Death"
. Wanting to express his feelings of pain, loss and the mismanagement of the war, it was nearly impossible to keep these songs to himself. Josh was an infantry squad leader and his songs didn’t exactly promote the Iraq war. If his squad knew he felt this way, they may begin to doubt the cause, thus rendering him ineffective as a leader. His mission was not to kill, but to bring them home alive.
Day after day and fight after fight, he wrote alone, never to play these songs for his Marines. It wasn't until he returned home, and left the corps a decorated veteran, that he started to play these songs live for audiences in the states. One evening, just a few minutes before playing at a local bar, Josh received a phone call from filmmaker and old friend, Mike Cerre. Mike asked him to come to Columbus and play with Neil Young as part of the CSNY documentary, Déjà Vu
.. Josh quickly set out to record “A Traitors Death”. The recording went well and the song began to reach many hearts and minds. The next step was obvious, Josh began recording the album that was burning inside. His songwriting background and combat experience bring forth passion and truth, both virtues rarely seen in today’s music. What began as an acoustic outlet to help him through two tours in Iraq is now a message board of truth for all. He sings of love, loss and life, and that’s something to which we can all relate. [reprinted with permission]
After recording Lost in Holland
's first album, “Hearts and Minds”, on Neil Young's label Vapor Records, Josh returned from the Sundance Film Festival hungry for the road and ready to build a band. Josh has teamed up with cellist and fellow songwriter Michael G. Ronstadt
, and in June 2009, released “The Last Great Loss". You may recognize the Ronstadt name … and wonder…. and you would be right. He is related to Linda - Michael is her nephew. Michael's extreme cello style and extensive knowledge of songwriting and performance bring a blazing fire of skill, emotion and delivery that will leave you amazed. Both have fascinating music and stories to share and the music will be live from WTJU's air studio. Lost in Holland will also be opening for The Rogan Brothers later this evening at Bel Rio - you can catch their show at 8:00 PM in the Belmont venue.