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Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery - Audiotree Live

by Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery

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Joshua Powell is a singer-songwriter who creates ballads filled with challenging literary references and observations filtered through the lens of an avid reader. His mother is an English teacher, so their home book collection doubles as an exclusive "lending library." Powell's latest release, "Alyosha," is a loose-concept record about the mystic monk from Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov." It's based around the life of this character, focusing on what spiritually informs him throughout the story. Powell himself was struck by the character's "incorrigible goodness" when faced with the decrepit morality of his family.

Joshua Powell is a man wildly more interested in spirituality than religion. He's experienced supernatural things - events he can't quite explain - but remains a man of science and modernity. This juxtaposition of belief is what makes Joshua Powell's music so appealing. Empirical evidence and faith are in a state of constant battle, and Powell showcases this internal struggle through patient, conflicted vocal delivery. His band fills out the bright acoustic fingerpicking with atmospheric guitar swells, shimmering keyboard lines, and rolling percussion. The quartet fleshes out these poignant tales to become Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery.

Watch them perform tracks from "Alyosha" here on Audiotree Live.

Band Members

Joshua - Vocals and Acoustic guitar

Cody - Vocals, Bass, and Keys

Adam - Vocals and Electric guitar

Ryan - Drums


released February 16, 2016



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Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery Indianapolis, Indiana

The Great Train Robbery was born in Anderson, IN in 2011. After years on the road, Powell refocused his energy into the Midwest. Here, he funneled his experiences into his most ambitious record yet, Alyosha: a psychedelically-tinged electric folk trip. Evoking comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and Neil Young, t's been described it as “lushly-composed chamber folk…revival-in-the-river folk mysticism.” ... more


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