Josh Rouse: A Nebraskan Sings Brazilian Songs In Spanish On New Album

posted October 26, 2009

Josh Rouse: A Nebraskan Sings Brazilian Songs In Spanish On New Album

"I know it's kind of funny, this Midwestern guy doing Brazilian songs in Spanish," observes the celebrated singer/songwriter Josh Rouse, but that's precisely what he has achieved on 'El Turista,' the most ambitious - and utterly sublime - album of his career, set for February 16th release on Rouse's own Bedroom Classics label via Nettwerk. is offering the first free download off the album with an MP3 of "Valencia."

'El Turista' combines originals and covers, sung in English and Spanish, and marinated in the folk musics of Cuba, Brazil, Spain, Venezuela and beyond. The result is a collection that would shuffle seamlessly with 'Getz/Gilberto,' 'Nilsson/Schmilsson' and 'Graceland,' albums as unexpected in their eras as 'El Turista' is in this one.

'El Turista' follows Rouse's 2007 album 'Country Mouse, City House' which Paste Magazine called "a lasting pleasure," hailing its "balance of keen insight, wry humor and durable hooks," Likewise, the All Music Guide has said that Rouse is an artist of "First rate songcraft [that] few modern singer/songwriters can approach." The first Josh Rouse anthology, 'The Best of the Rykodisc Years,' was released in 2008.

Josh Rouse will tour the US extensively in support of 'El Turista,' with confirmed dates to be announced soon.


  1. Bienvenido
  2. Duerme
  3. Lemon Tree
  4. Sweet Elaine
  5. Mesie Julian
  6. I Will Live On Islands
  7. Valencia
  8. Cotton Eye Joe
  9. Las Voces
  10. Don't Act Tough