“Making this album was not a conventional undertaking,” says Josh Krajcik, who recorded his full-length debut — Blindly, Lonely, Lovely — in studios across the globe, including a session at Abbey Road Studios in London. “When you’re alone in a strange city, its really easy to be inspired. Being in that setting was great as a songwriter. Part of that whole experience is where the title of the record comes from.”
Krajcik launched his music career as a teenager, playing smoky bars and clubs near his hometown of Wooster, Ohio. After opening for the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae and the Fray, his career took a nosedive… only to be revived by an appearance on the first season of The X Factor USA, where he finished second.
Don’t confuse him for a reality TV star, though. On a show full of glamour and glitz, Krajcik kept his shirts untucked and his voice loose, growling his way through songs by Bob Dylan, Patty Griffin and Leonard Cohen. He keeps things earthy on Blindly, Lonely, Lovely, mixing a blues-rock and folk with a heavy dose of throwback soul. The dude can wail on guitar, too. Take that, Melissa Amaro!
Blindly, Lonely, Lovely comes out on April 2. Stream the full album below.