Journeyman singer-songwriter Joshua Radin has always had to work hard for his music. Beginning his career in 2004, only two years after learning to play guitar, Radin’s career started the way so many have. He started out by touring the US, playing small, intimate gigs and developing personal connections with his fans. One of those fans who Radin’s music caught the ear of was actor Zach Braff, who brought Radin’s song “Winter” to the writers of his popular television show “Scrubs” and lead to a major break in Radin’s career. Throughout the course of his career, Radin has contributed to songs to several major television and film releases.
Now a veteran in his field, Radin is no long in the bars and coffeehouses but instead in clubs and theaters, one of those theaters was Boston’s Wilbur Theatre where Radin recently played, on the same night as the seventh game of the World Series. Radin opened his set with is 2010 single “Brand New Day” off what many consider to be his signature album “Simple Times.” That particular album would get a lot of love throughout the night as Radin would go on to play several other songs from it as well, including “One of Those Days” and “No Envy, No Fear.”
Radin’s ability to draw the undivided attention of a room he’s playing in, is a major part of the success that’s allowed him to sustain a career all these years, and that night in Boston was no different, a quick glance around the room revealed an unusual sight, more people watching the stage than watching their phones. Radin’s charming demeanor and exceptional voice makes it hard to focus on anything in the room besides him. Playing songs from throughout his career giving, it was the song “Winter” which gave him his first break that would end up being the anchor point and closing off the main set. After returning for the encore Radin played one more song of his own “Enough for You” before surprising his audience and closing the show with a striking rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”
Everyone in the audience was leaving the show smiling ear to ear describing to each other their favorite part of the evening’s show, another testament to how much Radin’s fans genuinely enjoy his music. Radin’s fan loyalty has kept him afloat his entire career, and while his career may never take the path to arena headline tours, the connection with his fans, and pure enjoyment they have when attending his shows seem to be more than enough to keep him going.