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Josh Rouse
Background information
Born (1972-03-09) March 9, 1972 (age 52)
Oshkosh, Nebraska, United States
OriginTennessee, United States
GenresFolk, indie pop, alt-country, pop
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active1990-present
LabelsNettwerk, Rykodisc, Bedroom Classics, Yep Roc

Josh Rouse (born March 9, 1972) is an American folk/roots pop singer-songwriter. Originally from Nebraska, Rouse began his recording career in Nashville in 1998 and later relocated to Spain. In 2014, Rouse won a Spanish Goya Film Award in the category of Best Original Song for "Do You Really Want To Be In Love?" from the motion picture La Gran Familia Española.[1][2]


Born in the rural town of Oshkosh, Nebraska,[2] he moved to various places during his childhood including Utah, California, Wyoming, and Georgia.[3] He began writing songs aged 18, and following his nomadic childhood, he eventually moved to Clarksville, Tennessee to attend college (although he soon dropped out and moved to Nashville, Tennessee and worked as a parking valet), where he met some local musicians and began recording.[3][4]

The initial recordings he put to tape eventually became his debut release, Dressed Up Like Nebraska (1998). The album received critical acclaim from music writers.[4][5][6] Billboard wrote that it was "a dark-horse gem", and "[a]s pure and unpretentious as any singer-songwriter album issued this year".[7] He went on to collaborate with Kurt Wagner on an EP the following year, and toured in support of artists such as Mark Eitzel, Aimee Mann, and Vic Chesnutt.[3][8][9] Home (2000) and Under Cold Blue Stars (2002) followed before he began a working relationship with producer Brad Jones on 1972, released in 2003.[3][10] "Directions" from Home was used on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's film Vanilla Sky.[11]

After his first marriage ended, Rouse relocated to Spain to be with his then girlfriend (and now wife) Paz Suay and has resided there off and on since 2004.[3][12][13] His last album recorded before the move, Nashville, was released in 2005 and reached number 66 on the UK Albums Chart.[14] Rouse and Suay moved back to the US to promote his 2007 album Country Mouse City House, but they returned to Spain after Suay became pregnant.[15] He collaborated with Suay as 'She's Spanish, I'm American', the duo releasing a self-titled EP in 2007.[16] His music took on Spanish and Latin American influences and albums such as El Turista included songs sung in Spanish.[17][18]

Rouse and Suay have two children.[19][20]

On November 1, 2019, Rouse released the holiday album The Holiday Sounds Of Josh Rouse.


Studio albums

EPs and mini-albums

  • Chester with Kurt Wagner (1999)
  • Bedroom Classics, Vol. 1 (2001)
  • Bedroom Classics, Vol. 2 (2005)
  • She's Spanish, I'm American with Paz Suay (2007)
  • Bedroom Classics, Vol. 3 (2008)
  • Bedroom Classics, Vol. 4 (2016)


  • La Gran Familia Española (Original Score) (2013)





  1. ^ Shelburne, Craig (June 18, 2015). "On his latest, The Embers of Time, singer-songwriter Josh Rouse lives in the moment". Nashville Scene.
  2. ^ a b "Josh Rouse announces a new album, 'The Embers of Time,' and drops its gently rocking lead single – exclusive". Entertainment Weekly, January 14, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e Leahey, Andrew "Josh Rouse Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  4. ^ a b Perry, Jonathan (1998) "No Parking", CMJ New Music Monthly, December 1998, p. 14
  5. ^ Wagner, Vit. "Say hello to 1972: Josh Rouse's new album takes on retro vibe: Aims to be more than a one or two-song wonder", Toronto Star, October 9, 2003: p. G3.
  6. ^ Sarvady, Glen (1998) "Josh Rouse Dressed Up Like Nebraska", CMJ New Music Monthly, June 1998, p. 48. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  7. ^ Verna, Paul (June 27, 1998). "Dressed Up Like Nebraska", Billboard 110 (26): 24.
  8. ^ Helms, Colin (1999) "Josh Rouse+Kurt Wagner Chester EP", CMJ New Music Report, October 18, 1999, p. 25. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  9. ^ Terzian, Peter (2000) "Coming Up: Josh Rouse", Out, February 2000, p. 31. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  10. ^ Morris, William (2003) "Josh Rouse 1972", Pitchfork Media, October 9, 2003. Released January 28, 2015
  11. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006) "Josh Rouse", in The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, OUP USA, ISBN 978-0397518487
  12. ^ Simon, Scott. "Josh Rouse: Moving in a Mediterranean Direction", Weekend Edition. Saturday. NPR, February 25, 2006.
  13. ^ Touzeau, Jeff (2008) Artists on Recording Techniques, Delmar, ISBN 978-1598635133, pp. 153–158
  14. ^ "Josh Rouse", Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  15. ^ Harris, Jesse (2013) "From the Desk of Josh Rouse", Magnet, April 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  16. ^ Gilstrap, Andrew (2007) "Josh Rouse and Paz Suay: Shes Spanish, Im American", PopMatters, February 27, 2007. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  17. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (2010) "Josh Rouse", SFGate, April 18, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  18. ^ Leahey, Andrew (2013) "Stream Josh Rouse’s The Happiness Waltz", American Songwriter, March 6, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  19. ^ Raihala, Ross. "Best entertainment bets for June 14–20: Folk: Josh Rouse", St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 12, 2013.
  20. ^ van Alstyne, Rob (2013) "Josh Rouse Archived 2015-06-02 at the Wayback Machine", Minneapolis City Pages, June 12, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2015
  21. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". AllAccess. Archived from the original on May 16, 2022.

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