Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name’s Josh Benus, I’m the front person and creative mind behind the band Glass Dove. I’m based in Nashville, Tennessee, but grew up in green “rolling hills” of North Jersey.
In 2012, you suffered severe complications from emergency surgery. What happened and how difficult was your road to recovery?
Long story short, I had just gotten back from a tour in Utah/Colorado and had an early morning in-studio performance at WXPN in Philadelphia the following morning. Hours after the session I fell ill and went to the doctor due to a fever and my throat closing up. I was prescribed antibiotics that were later deemed ineffective and needed a tonsillectomy. Nine days into the road to recovery, I had what was referred to as an arterial rupture, and in my case, I was unable to get the rupture cauterized until close to 24 hours later. Sparing the readers some of the more graphic details, I lost a lot of blood, and probably looked like an extra on “The Walking Dead.” My last memory before the anesthesia kicked in were the shadows of around six surgeons huddled around me. When I awoke in the morning the resident doctors told me the words I’ll never forget, “You’re lucky to be alive.”
It was difficult, but I had the support of my family. It took me 2 months, or basically an entire summer in bed on a liquid diet & painkillers and then another few months for the inflammation from the scarring in my throat to reduce and feel normal. I had lost a ton of weight and had to teach myself how to sing again.
Would you have pursued a career in music as heavily had you not suffered such a big health scare?
I don’t attribute continuing to pursue a career in music to my health scare. However, It taught me a lot of lessons in resilience and what I’m made of. I think if there’s anything I took away from it, it was getting serious about my health (both physical and mental), being more appreciative for every experience, and not getting hung up on trivial things.
What did Liz Cooper add to your debut single, “Cigarette Sunset”?
Liz co-wrote the song with me in one of those miraculous writes that only took two hours. The force was strong with us that day. It was arranged on two acoustic guitars, and I really owe the complete transformation of the studio version to Owen Biddle. Liz came over to East Side Manor where we were recording and lent us her accompanying lead vocal to complete the track.
What can audiences expect from your latest single, “Terrible Secrets”?
It’s a genuine and heartfelt call to action, from someone that’s concerned about their country, humanity, and the future of this planet.
What was it like to work with Grammy-winning producer Owen Biddle?
Fourteen hour work days, obsessing over every detail, and lots of laughs. Owen and I are close friends and when we work with each other it translates in a really synergistic and intuitive way through the music.
Do you have any plans for an EP or full-length album?
I have in fact been recording and have a full-length album coming soon!
What’s the experience like at one of your live shows? Do you have any coming up?
High energy, nuanced, and again tons of synergy between bandmates. We try to keep it as close to the recordings as possible, while simultaneously pushing the songs into uncharted territory. We have a show scheduled on July 31st with Nightingail at The Basement in Nashville, TN, but have more on the way.
What advice would you have for aspiring singer/songwriters?
Learn your craft and about the history of art/music. This will help you develop your intuitive sense on what’s cool and what isn’t. It will inform and help you understand every decision you’re going to make when you’re writing and performing your music. As a creator, don’t waste your time hopping on musical trends it will only lead you away from your natural trajectory. Community is everything! Be kind to those around you, even people whose art you don’t care for, some people are late bloomers and reach their maximum potential later in life. We all win when we raise each other up.
Baring your soul for others to see in public is a brave thing, don’t ever forget that. And finally don’t judge your worth based on how many instagram followers you have or what your Spotify numbers look like. True art doesn’t always get noticed right away. Van Gogh didn’t get the credit he was due, until long after he was gone. Create art because you need to off balance the negativity in this world and always put your health, friends, family, & happiness first.
What’s your life like outside of music?
I’m a huge proponent of turning off the musical part of my brain when I can. I’m an avid runner and have a great trail right near my house in East Nashville, along the Cumberland. Cooking is really meditative for me. My family moved here a couple of years ago for the birth of my niece, so in addition to spending time with them, they’re my test subjects when I want to try out new recipes. I have a phenomenal group of friends and community of musicians that keep me grounded and try to make time for them as much as possible when our schedules allow it. Last but not least, I love a good book. Right now, I’m revisiting Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential,” RIP Anthony.
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