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story.lead_photo.caption New Boston, Texas, singer-songwriter Josh "J.T." Pinkham is working on an EP featuring three of his original songs.

For New Boston, Texas, singer-songwriter Josh "J.T." Pinkham, studio time with local music producer Frank Pryor has given him a chance to finally work on recording his own material.
As a longtime area musician with the band Recession Proof and as a solo live performer doing cover tunes, Pinkham has been working on a three-song EP he aims to finish up by the end of the year.
He's steadily released singles like "Face It," announcing new songs out at his wesbsite, An older song, "Hurts to Live," will be out soon, as will "It's a Rock N' Roll Thang." That latter tune has Wes Jeans with a guitar solo.
At his website, Pinkham described his music in this way: "The music I am releasing ranges from straight ahead rock n' roll to Texas influenced southern rock and gritty country. We just got a new guitar into the studio as well. I am excited about the tones and sounds we will be able to produce."
And in an interview, he explains that he doesn't want to be pinned down to just one sort of sound, but "Face It" is a rock-based song.
Working with Jeans on "It's a Rock N' Roll Thang" was a pleasure, Pinkham said, noting the Texas blues and rock guitarist came in and "ripped it out" for the recording.
"He picked it up for sure. It added a lot to the track," Pinkham said, praising Jeans's vibrato and tone.
Pinkham will soon be getting keyboards down for the EP, he says. "It's going to be kind of more bluesy, R&B-based music," Pinkham said of this project, which doesn't have a name yet.
"After the EP drops, I'm really looking at releasing a lot of more upbeat music," Pinkham said, noting his affinity for Jason Isbell's music and not tying himself down to one thing, instead just focusing on good songs.
Pinkham works with local musician Paul Holder, a drummer who gives him feedback and offers sage, honest advice on arrangements and the various parts of a song.
COVID-19 has put a damper on getting out and playing live music. A few years ago Pinkham performed at local venues, but he admits he got tired of playing cover songs. He's got a job and his daughter was born a month ago, but he'd like to get his 20-some original songs together and have just a few covers with them.
This EP gives him a chance to focus on his own thing, Pinkham says.
"Finding my voice, finding my own thing and really pushing it," he said. That involves getting his work out on social media. His recent songs are generally more positive.
"The last one I wrote, it was just from kind of a lyric that just kind of popped up in my head, an idea that popped up in my head," Pinkham said. As the year 2020 unfolds, floods and hurricanes provide subject material. But his music used to be much darker, he says.
"It's not so much anymore," Pinkham said.
Sometimes songs get him up out of bed; the idea just won't let him sleep. "And I have to come in and write it," he said. "And then there's been times where there's subject matter that I write about and then the music comes along to it later."
There may yet be darker connotations to be found in his songs, but it's balanced.
"But I try to mirror it with a positive outlook to try to get people like, 'Yeah, I feel ya, there's hope,'" Pinkham said, noting that working with Pryor is also a joy. It's a process he's enjoyed over the years. He likes having a song unfinished and seeing where it will go with Frank's touch.
"Once I'm able to convey to him what I'm looking for, he'll get the mix there," Pinkham said.
To keep track of his new songs and the EP he's working on, check out his website, where he's blogging his latest news.
(More info: You can also find him as J.T. Pinkham on Facebook.) 

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