Joshua Polk has been performing for more than 10 years, and with the release of his fourth album things do not seem to be slowing down for him. Polk released “Beauty School Dropouts” on April 1 and is set to celebrate with fans and friends at Chelsea’s Café, Saturday, April 27, with a CD release party and show.
Born in Baton Rouge and raised in Gonzales, Polk played sold-out shows in the late 1990s with The Kenmores, but soon needed a change of scenery.
“I lived in Los Angeles for a while and played music there, which was a lot of fun,” Polk said. “I was in Portland, Ore. , working with different bands. I moved away from Baton Rouge, to see what else was out there.”
Back in Baton Rouge and focused on his future, Polk is still putting out solid music and giving fans a good show.
“Fans can expect catchy pop-rock songs,” Polk said. “They can certainly expect to have a good time and a lot of fun. Songs are very catchy. Something that people can grab hold of real easy. The live shows have a lot of energy. We do a lot of jumping around and rocking out type thing.”
In 2008, Polk released his first album, “Unfortunate Faces,” self-described as moody and passionate. He followed this up with two more albums, “Seasons” and “Last Call for Liars” in 2009, proof that he is not afraid of hard work. Further proof is the fact that “Beauty School Dropouts” is 100 percent Polk.
“For this CD, I played all the instruments,” Polk said. “Vocals, drums, everything.”
“Beauty School Dropouts” is a 16-track offering of short, simple songs -- the longest only running just over three and a half minutes -- heavily influenced by Polk’s idols.
“One of the main influences is a band called Guided by Voices,” Polk said. “Then there are the obvious bigger rock bands and influences like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.”
With an abundance of musical output, Polk makes being a musician look easy. However, he is the first to admit that it is anything but easy.
“The business side can be kind of a pain, but the biggest challenge is having a full-time job and trying to do music at the same time,” Polk said. “That is real difficult. It’s hard to juggle having a real life and doing music on the side.”
For most musicians starting out there are many hard lessons to learn, but Polk’s advice is to never stop working at it.
“It can be discouraging a lot of times because it’s hard to get people to take notice of what you’re doing,” Polk said. “It gets annoying, but keep doing it. Sooner or later, if you keep doing it long enough, someone will take notice.”
Agreeing with the advice of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl from this year’s keynote speech at the South by Southwest Festival, Polk stresses that the integrity of one’s music is vital.
“Play what you love to play,” Polk said. “Whatever it is, don’t try to write or play for anyone else other than you. Keep doing it for yourself.”
As Polk continues putting out quality music, he is approaching a new chapter in his life and career that will require even more juggling.
“Currently, I’m pursuing a career in secondary education,” Polk said. “I’m working on getting my certification to teach high school kids. I used to have the big rock star dreams, but at this point, I don’t really have any grand aspirations other than teaching and making a hobby of making records and playing shows, that kind of thing.”
Joshua Polk’s CD release party will feature a live show including performances by The Rigs and The Dash Between this Saturday, April 27, at Chelsea’s Café on Perkins Road. Doors open at 9 p.m. The shows begins at 10 p.m.
For more information on Joshua Polk or to purchase any of his music, check out his website at http://www.joshuapolk.bandcamp.com.