Catch Redwood Son perform live at General Duffy's Waterhole, Friday, July 21, 2023. Show Starts at 7 pm. Family Friendly.
Redwood Son’s Josh Malm is an anomaly. As he will tell you, “Saying I’m not a simple man is an understatement. It’s more like, people rarely know what I’m even doing. It’s just crazy-making, odd behavior, that quite frankly pisses a lot of folks off. People love me or they hate me,” says the Portland, Oregon-based musician who has spent four years seeing his latest, Saints & Renegades come to light. With a release (vinyl, CD, and digital) finally set for September 28, 2018, unconventional is one way to sum up the man who goes by the moniker Redwood Son, which is also his band’s name.
In 2016 he decided to pack up his bags from Portland, while still working on finishing Saints & Renegades, and move to Nashville, to be closer to his ilk. While most artists would stay put to finish up their record, Malm needed a change of scenery. While working on the eleven track collection of warm, vintage-meets-contemporary country-soul-rock that would become Saints & Renegades, Malm was also working on building his company, Westicana, both the label that releases his albums and a leading Northwest show promotion company.
Paying homage to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, while recalling the likes of Jack Johnson, Eric Church, and Ryan Bingham, Redwood Son did what it set out to do, even if it took a move to Nashville to find himself, a move back to Portland to realize that is where he needed to be, and four years; Malm and company created a warm, vintage-meets-contemporary country-soul-rock that he can hold his head high on and be very proud of.