Josh Doyle and Sam Palladio visit the Lightning 100 studio and they perform a song each for us. One of which is called, “Wake Me Up in Nashville” by Sam Palladio a great song by the way. You may also listen for Wells and Sam talking about the new hit series Nashville that Sam is a part of as the character “Gunnar Scott.” Josh Doyle also plays “Figure the World Out,” from his self titled album Josh Doyle.
There’s no escaping it, Josh Doyle was destined to be a world-class singer songwriter. Before he was even old enough to drive, the UK native was compelled to pen songs from the age of 13. He funneled his lunch money into studio fees, and cut his first formal releases culling from hundreds of songs he had already written. While attending Chichester University, he founded buzzing and budding rock outfit The Dumdums as vocalist and guitarist. The group’s debut album for MCA Records, It Goes Without Saying, spawned four UK Top 30 hits including “Everything”, “Can’t Get You Out of My Thoughts”, “You Do Something to Me”, and “Army of Two”. They performed at arenas in England supporting Robbie Williams and appeared on the cover of tastemaker publications such as Melody Maker. They even sold out co-headlining tours in Japan and Germany as well as their own headline jaunt in England. However, the band split in the midst of working on their sophomore follow-up.
Doyle relocated to Nashville and began to traverse a new road. Distancing himself from the music industry, he took a day job. Depression and anxiety had started to overcome him as he faced the doldrums of ‘normal life’ severed from the creative pursuits he’d been inextricably linked to. However, the fans beckoned him back. He received an overwhelming number of requests online to return to music. His rabid fan base, brandishing tattoos of his lyrics and name, let him know how important it was he return. Crafting 2004’s cathartic EP, The End of Fear, he independently released the effort and personally sent each fan that was supporting him a copy. The title track received numerous placements and it galvanized his new endeavor as a songwriter.