Podcast co-host Eric Kotila likes to call them road dogs — musicians who have the need to hit the road and share their music with folks across the country and overseas. These road dogs always have a special place at the heart of That Much Further West Podcast, and Joshua James Esterline of the one-man band Acousta Noir fits the description perfectly.
Joshua describes his music as “Southern Oregon Dark Acoustic,” and has earned a reputation among his peers as a stand-up guy delivering high-quality, high-energy music with consistency. From his base in Roseburg, Ore., he’s been cranking out quality recordings and taking his music on the road for years now.
After a spring and early summer of traveling both in the states and in Europe, Acousta Noir returned home to deliver a first-ever performance at the Wildwood MusicFest & Campout, but In our interview you’ll learn of Joshua’s deeper ties to the festival. As a carpenter he’s helped expand and improve the festival facilities and as a music fan has soaked up performances by many of his one-man-band friends and heroes.
This year Acousta Noir fired the festival’s opening salvo — a fantastic set of original music that kicked things off Friday night and had show-goers tapping their feet and clapping along. Before that, Joshua stopped by the podcast RV to chat about life on the road, some of his festival memories and also to share a killer song called “Tempest” from Acousta Noir’s 2014 album “Suffer & Overcome.”
Enjoy the interview and performance and look for Acousta Noir in your local music listings. Joshua’s sure to be coming to a town near you soon. Also, check out Acousta Noir music at https://acoustanoir.bandcamp.com/.