Iowa Alumni Magazine | December 2009 | Reviews

Listen - Leaving the High Ground

By UIAA Staff

In a number one hit record, country legend George Strait implores musicians to "sing a song about the heartland." Josh Connor* has turned the advice into his calling.

Born in Saint Louis, raised in downstate Illinois, and educated at Iowa, Connor has been writing songs that reflect the Midwestern experience since he was a teenager. He performed with the Iowan band Brother Trucker before chasing his musical ambitions to Nashville two years ago.

A radio personality and production director by day and singersongwriter by night, Connor recently released his third solo project, which blends heartland rock with alt-country. Titled Leaving the High Ground, the album reflects the musical influences of Don Henley and the Eagles, John Mellencamp, and Charlie Daniels.