Josh Rouse is an American indie folk/pop singer-songwriter from Oshkosh, Nebraska. He began his recording career in Nashville in 1998. Josh started writing songs at the age of 18 and following a nomadic childhood which included a lot of moves, he eventually settled in Nashville where he met local musicians and began recording.
The initial recordings he put onto an 8-track recorder in his living room eventually became his debut album, Dressed Up Like Nebraska, which was released in 1998 on the Rykodisc sub-label, Slow River. Co-produced by former Cowboy Junkies member David Henry, who also played bass and cello, the album received critical acclaim from music writers/critics. Billboard wrote that it was "a dark horse gem...one beguiling record," and "as pure and unpretentious as any singer/songwriter album issued this year." Glen Sarvady in his CMJ New Music Monthly review at the time stated, "Rouse is a songwriter with potential, and much of it is already realized on this debut disc." Glen's fellow CMJ writer Jonathan Perry called the album "a strikingly poised debut brimming with graceful, evocative songs about regret and desire." It received a four-star review from AllMusic, with James Chrispell describing it as "one of those classic discs one hears about, but seldom hears." The album received three and half stars for performance and three stars for sonics from Stereophile Magazine. Josh went on to record 5 more albums for Slow River/Rykodisc before moving on to Bedroom Classics/Yep Roc.
ROG issues Dressed Up Like Nebraska for the first time on vinyl and expanded it to a 2LP set that includes 4 bonus tracks.
- Strict One Time Pressing based on preorders received
- Numbered, Limited Edition - Limited to 1425 copies worldwide
- 180g Vinyl
- Expanded to 2LP
- Mastered for vinyl
- Lacquers cut by Levi Seitz at Blackbelt Mastering
- Pressed at Record Industry in the Netherlands
- Gatefold tip-on style jacket
- Previously unavailable on vinyl
- 4 Bonus tracks making their vinyl debut
- Suburban Sweetheart
- Dressed Up Like Nebraska
- Late Night Conversation
- White Trash Period Of My Life
- Simple Thing
- Woman Lost In Serious Problems
- Late Night Conversation (Live)
- Suburban Sweetheart (Demo)
- Flair (Demo)
- Cannot Talk ('Dressed Up' Outtake)