Biography Joshua Tillman is an American Indie/Folk rock singer songwriter, who has been playing under his Father John Misty moniker since 2012. Tillman was raised in an Evangelical Christian household and was not allowed to listen to secular music growing up. At the age of 18, he moved out to pursue a career in music bringing him first to New York then Seattle, while maintaining hardly any contact with his parents. His solo career started in 2004 with independent label releases that were very dark, and more strictly folk music. Tillman at this time also played drums in the indie rock bands Saxon Shore and Stately. In 2008 Tillman became the touring drummer with Fleet Foxes, he toured extensively with the band until January 2012. In May of 2012 he released Fear Fun, his first album as Father John Misty which was quite the departure from his earlier solo records, with a new more engaging, and fun sound than his earlier work. With the new name came a personality that he describes as, "self-styled satirist, provocateur, philosopher, and culture warrior." His second album was released in 2015, I Love You, Honeybear, and is a concept album about himself, dealing with past regrettable behavior and his relationship with his wife. Father John Misty has been touring this album extensively since last year, and 2016 will be his 2nd trip to the farm. He also played Thursday night in 2013.
Genre - Folk Rock, Indie Rock, Soft Rock Similar Artists - Phosphorescent, Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeroes, Fleet Foxes, Mac Demarco, Andrew Bird At Bonnaroo - Lord Huron, Band Of Horses, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Natalie Prass, Waxahatchee
Physical Reaction/Live Show
My best guess is Father John Misty will play Which later in the day or close a tent at Bonnaroo this year. I've seen Father John Misty twice already, but never at a festival before. Both shows were very good, his voice sounds really incredible live. Also he has a fun energy on stage, he does a lot of dancing and moving around. I should mention that his persona is a little divisive when on stage, he has a tendency to rant, tell stories, or make fun of the crowd that is there (video below). I've never had too much of a problem with it because it has generally been short, but I could definitely see how this could be annoying. This past tour he's been playing a majority of his second album every night, hopefully he gets a longer set so we can hear some more songs from the fist album, which in my opinion is stronger.
Upcoming Shows: 2/23 - Lady Lamb 2/24 - Emel Mathlouthi 2/25 - Hamilton Leithauser w/ Lucy Dacus 2/27 - Os Mutantes 3/1 - Run the Jewels 3/3 - Thundercat 3/6 - The Music of Aretha Franklin 3/9 - The Flaming Lips