RIYL: Ben Harper, Ray Lamontagne, Martin Sexton
Inception: Encinitas, 1977
Influences: Ray Lamontagne, Martin Sexton, Dave Matthews, Sting, James Taylor, Citizen Cope, Ben Harper
Guitarist Joshua Bonas grew up in Nashville, where his mother was a well-known country music studio singer. After learning guitar, Bonas was a member of the 2002 Winter Olympics U.S. Ski and Snowboard House Band, eventually opening up for bands like INXS and G Love & Special Sauce.
Bonas plays in the bands Sauteed Mushrooms (co-fronted by longtime songwriting partner, Billy Horenburg) and Astoria Forrest. He self released his album Castaway in 2011.