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Joshua Tillman (born May 3, 1981) is an American folk singer, guitarist and songwriter. He is also the former drummer for the Philadelphia-based band Saxon Shore (2001 to 2004) and the Seattle-based band Fleet Foxes (2008 to 2012). He departed the Fleet Foxes to focus on his solo album under the moniker Father John Misty.

After dropping out of college in New York, Josh Tillman moved to Seattle and spent a year paying rent by freelance writing and donating plasma. Befriending Eric Fisher (Damien Jurado, Rosie Thomas) while on tour in the fall on 2004, Tillman coerced him into recording what would become “I Will Return,” a full-length reminiscent of the southern-gothic writings of Flannery O’Conner and the music of Nick Drake and Pete Seeger. The CD-R would be distributed and promoted word-of-mouth in paper sleeves while on the road (with acts such as Damien Jurado, Dolorean and Saxon Shore) for over a year until spring 2005 when KEEP Recordings offered to release a limited, special edition run of the record. Tillman continues to record constantly, finshing a full-length with Fisher entitled ” Long May You Run, J. Tillman.”

Tilman’s fifth solo album Vacilando Territory Blues featuring his mournful vocals, backed by sparse and doleful acoustic guitar with occasionally understated piano, bells and violin was well-received critically in 2008 before release and earned him comparisons to Nick Drake.

Since then, Tillman has released ‘Year In The Kingdom’ (Western Vinyl, 2009) and ‘Singing Ax’ (Western Vinyl, 2010).


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  • humbertomjunior

    This man has the power of making music in his blood. Fuckin awesome! Congratulations!

    4 Feb 2014 Reply
  • gothwolf

    I love this man and his music!

    30 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Nochek

    Thank you.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mortauxvaches_

    Jason Molina was doing this a few years ago.

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • veroavril

    love love love

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Stowaways79

    very very good

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Stowaways79

    very very good

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mariantonia6


    24 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Windhighway

    Too deep to listen.

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Etedesco

    I'm with Orange-Minz...

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • cillecille

    I miss this guy

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Orange-Minz

    i really like the new stuff, but damn! to know that there will be no more j. tillman left a gaping hole in me :(

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • maluvenceslau

    shut up seonaidho

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • nicoinfurs

    I knew there was something. He was never like Father John Misty, as he was under his own name. I just thought he's like this, since I only saw him solo as Father John Misty.

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • GuitaristSB

    @LTHMPLS, I could not agree more.

    8 May 2012 Reply

    The new music is brilliant. The attitude that came with it is lamentable.

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • UrsoJr


    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Strepsirrhini

    Actually, that was a little harsh of me. I do like a couple of his new songs. I just lament for all this LA rockstar stuff.

    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Strepsirrhini

    Wow, I am really disappointed by his new music + 'relaunch'. It's like he is having some kind of premature mid-life crisis or something. And this is coming from someone who listened to his music almost exclusively a year or so ago - it had an honesty and simplicity about it that was hard to find anywhere else. But hey, what do I know. I guess his new image etc will get him more listeners, and as long as he is happy that is what matters. I feel a bit sad about it though.

    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • UrsoJr


    12 Mar 2012 Reply
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