Josh Johnson is a Los Angeles via Chicago multi instrumentalist/composer who has toured and recorded with Jeff Parker, Kiefer, Makaya McCraven, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Leon Bridges and Marquis Hill. He has announced the release of the debut album called Freedom Exercise which is out on October 9th via Northern Spy Records.

Western Ave” is the first excerpt and it was named for the city-spanning thoroughfare of both Los Angeles and Chicago—two places with a substantial imprint on Josh Johnson’s sound. The memorable track is a rugged, colorful arrangement propelled by Aaron Steele’s afro-beat-inspired drums and an earthy bass line.

Listen below.