Dorr is currently working on his next project, which has allowed him to dig into his songwriting and define a fresh, new sound. Learn more at joshdorr.com and facebook.com/joshdorrmusic. (Photo credit Daniel Miegs)
A Word with Wyoming’s Josh Dorr
Gillette native Josh Dorr, a country singer/songwriter and RCA Nashville recording artist, shares his all-time favorite Cowboy State memories and reflects on how his Wyoming upbringing continues to influence his music. Dorr debuted a self-titled EP in 2014, featuring a lyric-driven, rock-edge brand of country, and has also co-written songs for the USA Network series “Unnecessary Roughness” and “American Idol” finalist Casey James.
How have your Wyoming roots inspired your song writing?
JD: They’ve inspired me 100 percent every day since I started writing songs. I’d say I’m a fairly nostalgic dude — I love those kind of songs, like Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” types. I love looking back at all the big and small moments I had in Wyoming when I write.
What do you miss the most about Wyoming when you’re in Nashville?
JD: I miss the summer nights. Reading that back now, I mentally just went into a “Grease” duet with Olivia Newton John … I just like how the days can get hot — up to 85 to 90 degrees — and drop down to 50 to 65 degrees at night. It’s just cold enough to need a long-sleeve shirt. Perfection.
What reaction do you get when people find out you’re from Wyoming?
JD: People always ask me with a baffled look on their face, “So what do you do there?” And I say, “Just look around. Pick your poison! Go to the lake or hunting, fishing, hiking, snowboarding — you name it; and it’s some of the most beautiful landscapes you will see in your life.”
Tell us about your favorite places to play or see live music in Wyoming.
JD: I love playing anywhere in my hometown really; those are always my favorites, although I am always the most nervous for those shows.
What’s your favorite music memory?
JD: Opening for Dwight Yoakam at Casper Events Center. I met him after the show and he said “You guys got a good sound, keep goin’ — I’ll see ya out there.” I ran as fast as I could to tell my band, girlfriend and my family, and we all screamed and high-fived. Then, we all partied the night away. That was one of the best nights of my life.
It’s obvious that folks in the Cowboy State would be drawn to country music. What themes from that genre do you think most resonate with fans from your home state?
JD: I can’t speak entirely for them, but I know it’s always been about the stories and lyrics for me. The ones that make you not only feel it and hear it, but truly understand it on a personal level … Being a young, wild teen, country music was the closest friend I had who I knew would never let me down.