Tracker Pixel for Entry

NeedToBreathe brings acoustic show to Fargo Theatre

by Ryan Janke | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Music | May 8th, 2019


NeedToBreathe is bringing their Acoustic Live Tour to the Fargo Theatre May 15 and HPR was able to catch up to keyboardist and vocalist Josh Lovelace to talk about the tour as well as the band’s charity golf tournament and Lovelace’s Young Folk project.

High Plains Reader: How’s the tour going?

Josh Lovelace: It’s been really really good. We’re feeling good and everybody’s doing really good. It’s been really fun for us to get back in front of people. It’s been nice to finally see some friendly faces out in the audience and play some music again.

HPR: You guys have a really rigorous tour schedule. You must love it?

JL: Yeah. We definitely love it. I think that it’s something that you’re just made for because it’s not the easiest thing, to be gone, but I think if you just love it, you figure out how to make it work. I think you definitely learn how to travel and tour smarter. I’ve been in the band nine years now and I remember my first year with the band. I think we did 200 shows in eight months, or something like that. It was absolutely crazy. I actually got married in the middle of that. I got engaged and then, four months later I got married, was home for a day and a half, and went back out for three months, and then had a honeymoon after the tour was over. We don’t do that anymore. We decided a long time ago, when we started having families, and also we want to spend more time in the studio and be creative. Even if we’re not on the road, we’re definitely still working. We definitely still like to be on the road.

HPR: How does an acoustic tour differ from the other tours you’ve done for you and for the tour in general?

JL: It’s definitely different. We’re sitting down most of the night which is kind of different for us. We’re normally running around the stage and all over the place. It’s definitely more of a sit-down for us. We still bring a bunch of lights. We’ve got probably one of the better light shows that we’ve ever brought out. It’s really pretty and can do a lot of things, so we still bring too much stuff, but, at the same time it’s definitely scaled back. We get to do songs in a pretty scaled-back, stripped-down way, which is really fun for us to reimagine some of these songs that have been around since the early days of the band. We’re getting to do them in a new way which is really great. And, also, it’s just a fun night for us to really get to see faces. Sometimes, when you play a big rock and roll show, things are moving so fast and there’s so many people. This is – we’re able to see when a song really connected with someone, or you’re seeing a couple down in the front that are just loving life and dancing to every song. It’s really fun for us to get to connect with the fans a little bit better.

HPR: Will you be recording a second live acoustic album on this tour?

JL: We record every night, even on our rock shows. We have archives of almost every show that we’ve ever played. We’re definitely thinking about the possibility of a Volume 2. We’re doing some songs that aren’t on Volume 1 on the road right now – some versions that we really love, and I think the fans will really love them too. I think it’s definitely possible. It’s one of those things that we left it open-ended, so hopefully we can do it, but you never know.

HPR: Do you have any new songs you are working on that you might roll out on this tour?

JL: Actually, we’ve been setting up a mobile recording studio, so we’re working on some new songs now and feel really good about where they’re headed. I think that as the tour goes on, it’s definitely possible that we might jump up on stage and do a brand-new song. We’ve done that in the past and I think that’s been a good test for us to see if people like it, but also for us to try out the songs. When you’re writing and recording songs, you get a little bit in a bubble of what you think is good, and what you think fans would like, or people would react to. You really have no idea until you put it in front of them. So, I feel like that would be something that we’ve done in the past and I think that would be awesome to do that on this record too.

HPR: I know you all have a golf tournament that’s smack in the middle of this tour, don’t you?

JL: Yeah, we do. It’s a really fun couple of days. It all benefits a really great organization that we love – OneWorld Health – that we’ve worked with for many years now and our fans have been really gracious over the years in that we’ve raised a lot of money for them and for the work that they do. We have fans from all over the world that come over to Charleston to play golf, but also just to hang out and support OneWorld Health. We love it.

HPR: Does that support a hospital in Nicaragua?

JL: Yeah. So, one of the cool things about what our fans have done is, a dollar for every ticket that is sold for a NeedToBreathe show automatically goes to OneWorld Health and through that, our fans have built two NeedToBreathe clinics in Nicaragua. It’s absolutely insane. We got to go to the opening of it and it’s just a beautiful thing to see. We’re all musicians and never thought that we would have any kind of impact like that, so the fact that we get to be a part of something that will outlive us by many years is just something really special.

HPR: You do children’s music, Young Folk. Do you tour during the NeedToBreathe offseason for that?

JL: I haven’t toured very much on that. I’ll do some shows here and there. That record came out of our home, really. I just started writing songs for my kids and it kind of came together on a record and I was lucky enough to have some friends – NeedToBreathe friends, really – Ben Rector and Ellie Holcomb and some other people that sang on that with me. It just became a really special project. It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever gotten to do and don’t tour it too often, but when I can, I love to get in front of families and kids and sing songs together. It’s one of my favorite things to do.

HPR: It’s really important because sometimes kids and parents listen to different genres and it’s really hard to get together.

JL: Even for NeedToBreathe, we have people from all ages and all different walks of life that listen to our music and that’s one thing I love about what we do in a similar way to what Young Folk is. The music’s for anybody, any age, anybody can listen to it which is really great. There’s music that I like that my kids don’t like, or that my wife doesn’t even like, but I feel like to find something that everybody in the house can turn on and listen to is pretty rare. We feel lucky that families and people from every space get to enjoy it.

HPR: Thank you so much for taking the time, we look forward to seeing you when you come here.

JL: We are stoked. This tour is really fun, so we’re excited that we get to go to a bunch of cities that we haven’t been to in awhile, so we’ll be looking forward to coming to Fargo and seeing everybody. It’ll be great. Thank you, Ryan. I really appreciate your time.



Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m.

Fargo Theatre, 314 N Broadway, Fargo

Recently in:

MOORHEAD - As a young boy growing up in Kurdish-controlled Iraq, Jahwar Salih played soccer and tennis, dreamed of a college education. Those dreams were smashed after he turned 16; he picked up an AK-47 and joined the Peshmerga to…

By the time Butch Patrick was cast with the iconic role of Eddie Munster the wolfboy son on the classic television program “The Munsters,” he was a seasoned child actor. Starring in television roles on such programs as…

Best Bets

​Lick Narson

by HPR Staff

The Aquarium, 3rd Ave & BroadwayWednesday, October 23, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.The talented songwriter, local favorite and DJ hosting the Cult of Lick EP launch party. Electronic dance music but now striking out in new directions. Our…

Last week we had the opportunity to attend the Climate Change Forum at Standing Rock High School in Fort Yates. If there was one word to describe the experience it would be inspiring. Tribal elders, Executive Director of…

American Health Care—From Tropical Paradise To the Bottomless Muddy MuckWe have the best medical care in the world for the 10% who can afford it and the worst care for the bottom 90% among the Organization of Economic Cooperation…

To say that this year’s Bartenders Battle was the best display of talent in the six years since its creation would be an understatement and a disservice to not only the bartenders who made it into the competition, but also the…

By Jill Finkelsonjsfinkelson99@gmail.comThe unassuming old truck shop on First and University is now frying up Funky Fried Chicken for Fargo. Their menu features chicken tenders and sandwiches with a selection of sides like pimento…


10 years of vinyl

by HPR Contributor

By Jill Fikelsonjsfinkelson99@gmail.comDean Sime has been collecting records since he was in sixth grade. Since then, he hasn’t stopped. Though he stopped working in a music store twenty years ago, he has spent the last ten years…

Admirers of previous television and film incarnations of Charles Addams’ legendary collection of macabre icons have another variation to contemplate, but the computer-animated feature from “Sausage Party” directors Conrad…


Folk arts make happy hearts

by HPR Contributor

By Lonna Whitinglonna@lonna.coNot long ago at a North Dakota nursing home located in Nelson County, a storyteller from The North Dakota Council on the Arts helped an elderly woman express in writing an important milestone from her…

By Michael Str!“No one moves to Fargo to become a professional actor,” she said, but after starting Theatre B with her husband and a core ensemble of performers almost 18 years ago; Carrie…

Stand-up comedy is traditionally a one-way exchange. Outside of the odd question addressed to a random audience member, the limit of the spectators’ contribution to the conversation is their laughter at the comedy stylings being…

The famous 20th century Southern writer William Faulkner quipped, “Civilization begins with distillation.” Technically one brews beer instead of distilling it, but the sentiment still holds true. Fargo is no stranger to the…


Yoga on the Farm

by Ryan Janke

Every Thursday evening during the month of June, Mara Solberg is inviting people to come out and try Yoga on the Farm. It is a unique yoga experience that was born from an idea that was proposed to Solberg.“I’ve been with Red…

by Devin Joubertdevinlillianjoubert@gmail.comIt’s that beautiful time of the year that’s filled with seasonal decorations, sparkly lights, warm family gatherings, and delicious feasts. I love everything about this time of the…

By William Southworthwsouthwo@cord.eduThe United Kingdom has a new boss. Considered to by some to be a British counterpart to Trump, Boris Johnson is riding a wave of political discontent with a can-do attitude and bubbly stage…