"I’ve always been a sucker for concept albums that demand that kind of surrender—committed, extended listening that can become deeper and richer as you allow the music to take you where it will over the course of an hour...Joshua McClain has made just such an album, one that comes from his own soulful interior space but that provides a universal embrace."

                                                                     -Derk Richardson, KPFA Radio



New Album

*If you require a download for press, please send Joshua an email directly to jhmcclai@gmail.com and he'll get you a download code!


Short Bio

Joshua McClain wields his cello like a man possessed. Loud clubs quiet down to barely a whisper -  his concerts are astonishingly intense and emotionally transformative. Mixing orchestral, avant-garde, rock, Americana, and genres not yet defined, Joshua's shows will change your perspective on what's possible with a single cello. 

Long Bio

Guided by the voice of the cello, Joshua McClain's Rock Cello Odyssey, takes audiences on a supernatural, mythological voyage; a descent into the Underworld and back again, bearing the fruits of rebirth. 

Based out of Oakland, CA Joshua is best known for his unbridled solo cello performances which, using a looping pedal and effects processor, create intense, otherworldly soundscapes. His live show is passionate, astonishing, and simply transformative. 

Regarded as one of the top artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, McClain was voted Musician of the Year in San Francisco at the Raw Artist RAWAwards showcase in 2013. He has shared the stage with Thievery Corporation, Aj Croce, Over the Rhine, Blame Sally, Gordi, Dagmar, and others. 

Joshua's soundscapes are in the same vein as great filmic soundtracks - his playing is in the style of Sigur Ros, Zoe Keating, Andrew Bird, Mogwai, Kronos Quartet, and Dirty Three to name a few. 

Joshua has toured and performed extensively in North America as well as Germany, France, Japan, West Africa, and Argentina.


Quotes & Press


"...it’s beyond innovative, and of genius quality."

Independent Music and Arts, Inc., referencing the 2018 album Coming Home


"This album is a musically enlightening force to reckon with." 

Skope Magazine, referencing the 2018 album Coming Home


"...waves of sound—warm and reassuring—washed over me; their undertow pulled me closer, figuratively, to the instrument, and drew me into the heaving sighs of the music."

Derk Richardson, referencing an in-studio live performance on KPFA Radio


"Joshua McClain...plays the meanest cello you're likely to hear these days."

No Depression - The Journal of Roots Music

Print Interview

Bay Bridged

Radio Interview

BFF.FM - "The Monday Lineup"