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Josh Berwanger keeps busy with new recordings, plans a March event with Dwight Twilley

The Josh Berwanger Band performs Friday night at Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St. The Travel Guide and Varma Cross also are on the bill. Show time is 9 p.m. Cover is $8.
The Josh Berwanger Band performs Friday night at Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St. The Travel Guide and Varma Cross also are on the bill. Show time is 9 p.m. Cover is $8. File photo

When Josh Berwanger and his band perform Friday night at Davey’s Uptown, it will be Berwanger’s first show at that venue since 1999 with his former band the Anniversary.

More recently, Berwanger has been relaunching his solo career. He released “Strange Stains” last year, a collection of power-pop tunes that made a lot of local year-end best-of lists.

Berwanger, a Kansas City area artist, recently finished recording the follow-up to “Strange Stains” and has also recorded a 7-inch record with power-pop hero Dwight Twilley.

Berwanger answered a few questions about the new recordings and a March in-store performance in Lawrence.

What’s the status of the new record?

We just got done recording a new full-length at Element Studios with producer Doug Boehm (Elliott Smith, Dr. Dog, Girls, Guided By Voices). I funded the record myself, so as soon as we finish mixing we will begin shopping it to labels. We will be debuting all new material at South by Southwest this year.

Talk about the 7-inch with Dwight Twilley.

The 7-inch is done. It was recorded at Element Studios with Joel Nanos and comes out March 7th on Good Land Records.

How did you and Dwight Twilley meet?

Dwight and I have only spoken on the phone. He’s a really cool guy. It’s a complete honor not only to share a side of vinyl with him but to be able to play the in-store with him. He’s one of my favorite songwriters of all time.

And tell us about the in-store.

The in-store is March 7th at Love Garden (in Lawrence). It’s going to be a really special event. Dwight is going to do a storytellers type of set, play a song and then talk about it.

For people who love Twilley it’s a not-to-be missed show, especially since there is a limited amount of tickets available. Then after the show he is going to do a meet-and-greet and will take photos and sign whatever people want signed. He is also bringing some merch from his archives to sell at the show.

There’s a generation of much younger fans who I’ve mentioned the show to and a few have said they are not familiar with Dwight.

Then I’ll play them “Looking for the Magic,” which was featured in the horror movie “You’re Next” and will be the opening song in “House of Cards,” Season 3, or “Why You Want to Break My Heart,” which is Crucial Taunts’ “hit” in “Wayne’s World” and the responses have been, “Oh, yeah, I love that song.”

I’m such a huge Dwight fan; I can’t tell you how excited I am about all of this.

Friday

The Josh Berwanger Band performs Friday at Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St. The Travel Guide and Varma Cross also are on the bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Cover is $8.

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