Josh Taerk is a singer/songwriter from Toronto, Canada whose listed influences include storytellers and songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, and Adam Duritz of Counting Crows.

It's the Springsteen connection we should take note on, as not only is the E Street Band's Max Weinberg a fan, but he also invited Taerk to open for The Max Weinberg Big Band at the sold out South Orange Performing Arts Centre, in Weinberg's hometown, New Jersey. More locally Taerk has just completed a Coffee House Session tour in London, UK, where the cosmopolitan crowds are reportedly his favourite.

The single 'Casie' from Taerk's album 'Josh' (out now on Misty Creek Records), is a heartfelt plea to a lost love separated by time and distance. Produced by Terry Brown (Rush, Blue Rodeo, and Cutting Crew) the smooth professional production adds well-rounded colour to an already inspiring performance. Its refreshing approach bridges the gap between pop and country without falling into what could be termed as "hot country" that pertains to much of the americana in the US charts. I like this retro edge and I can see why Taerk is one of the most talked about up and coming new talents.

It would be a cliche to say I'd be keen for this to come on the radio during a long drive but it's true, and I'd probably be singing along while tapping in time on the steering wheel. More of the same please Mr. Taerk.