Josh Morningstar is a person that lays it all out, in rhyme form, for us all. Yes, there's been trouble in his past. Yes, there's more than likely some more trouble in his future-trouble just seems to follow guys like him, regardless of whether its self-inflicted or by happenstance. But, somehow, he's able to take all that trouble, all that pain, and turn it into something beautiful. This is an artist that gives everything to his art-Van Gogh cut off his ear for his muse; Morningstar cuts out pieces of himself, examines it through the eyes of a humorist with a sense of Shakespearean tragedy, and gives it to the world in three-and-a-half minute sonnets that can make you cry tears of laughter and anguish at the same time. At the same time, his sound has a bit more "twang" than most folk music fans are accustomed to. It's this live show-full of pain, laughter, reality, good times and bad-that has earned Josh Morningstar opening spots for a veritable "who's who" of country and folk music these days.