“He is easily one of the BEST dobro players alive today.”
— Andy Jeffers; Sports and Entertainment Media
JOSH MATHENY was born in Minden, LA and raised in the small town of Magnolia, AR. Josh was born into a family of bluegrass musicians; his mom and uncle toured with their bluegrass band from 1978 through 1984. His mom sang, played bass and guitar and his uncle played dobro. He began to grace the stage with them at shows around the age of 3 singing and playing (strumming) mandolin. Josh started seriously learning to play guitar and sing at age 7, entering talent shows and playing festivals all around the TX, OK, LA, AR area. He began dobro and lap steel at age 12 and hasn't looked back since. Josh had his own bluegrass band from age 15 until he moved to Nashville in the Summer of 2001 to attend Belmont University. He then started playing with the Whites - Grand Ole Opry members - during his time off from school.
Josh was a member of the acclaimed Nashville based band KingBilly who had their own show on GAC and traveled the world on tour with many country artists from 2006 to 2011. Josh has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Meghan Trainor, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Kacey Musgraves, Lucy Hale, Earl Scruggs, Jo Dee Messina, Sara Evans, Lynryd Skynyrd, Richard Marx, Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Emmylou Harris, and Jerry Douglas, He performs at the Grand Ole Opry on a regular basis and travels overseas with country and bluegrass artists. Josh graduated from Belmont in the summer of 2005 with degree in Music Business Management/Marketing. He's currently a staff writer for Curb Music Publishing and an in demand dobro/steel session player in Nashville. Writing, singing, recording and performing keeps him running day to day and he wouldn't have it any other way. It's been a part of his life since day one and continues to get more and more exciting everyday! If Josh couldn't play or sing music he would be flying planes -he is also a pilot, having started learning to fly at age 14. He also loves to hunt, fish, ride 4 wheelers, chill at the lake and all of the other normal redneck activities!! Follow him at @dobrojosh.