Local country band Joshua Tree's debut Joshua Tree: Live at the VAC is made up of nine laid-back, slide and pedal-steel guitar cover tunes that the group has been playing for years, plus one original tune, "Tall Trees," penned by member (and Old Boise Guitar Co. owner) John "Johnny Shoes" Pisano. Last fall, Pisano won a songwriting contest, which spurred him and, in turn, his bandmates Deborah Holmberg, Boyd Wilson, Jake Hoffman and Mike Rundle to start thinking more seriously about Joshua Tree's music ... and the CD changes things even more.
"[The CD] has opened up some new areas for us," Pisano said. "We originally got together just because we like to play. But since putting the CD out, we're going to play the Northern Rockies Festival, we're going to play at a Labor Day festival in Bellevue, Wash., and I just got off the phone with a guy who wants us to play in McCall."
Thursday, March 11, CD release party, 7 p.m., FREE. Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., therecordexchange.com.