22 Questions With Baltimore’s Fifties Rock N’ Roll Revivalist Josh Christina

If you thought the days of Boogie Woogie 50s rock and roll music were dead, think again.

Josh Christina is a modern day amalgam harnessing the spirit and sound of artists like Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and a hearty dash of Elton John. He fell in love with the music of these pioneers at a young age, and it didn’t take long for him to realize his calling. Today, he helps carry the torch of this solid gold style of music, playing rock and roll piano and taking the classic approach to songwriting.

Christina has developed a reputation for setting the ivories aflame and bringing lively, vivacious energy to audiences far and wide- most notably across the pond in Ireland, where he performed on their Late Late Show.

We had the opportunity to sit and chat with Christina, who was kind enough to answer our very first installment of 22 Questions, in hopes to learn a bit more about him.

You’re handed a check for $1 million dollars. After cashing it, the first thing you’ll do is: Buy a house.

If you could open for any artist alive or dead, it would be: Elvis Presley.

If you could have dinner or drinks with any artist alive or dead, it would be: Elton John.

If you weren’t a musician, you’d be a: That’s always been a tough one. But a carpenter. I have some carpenter training in my background.

Favorite Thing About Baltimore: Whole family is there, I like the music scene, and it’s where I grew up. My roots.

Favorite Restaurant in Baltimore: Ooo. A little place called Vito’s, right down the street from our house. Little Italian place.

Favorite Seafood: Salmon.

Favorite Movie: Any of the Marvel movies, preferably Iron Man.

Favorite Book: I haven’t read a book in so long, but last book I read was Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg.

Dream vacation: The Bahamas.

Beach or Mountains: Beach.

Pet Peeve: People that leave drawers pulled out.

If you could have any superpower, it would be: To fly.

Would you rather fight ten duck-sized bears or one bear-sized duck? Bear-sized duck.

Would you rather be a Buddhist monk or a politician? Is neither an option? Buddhist monk.

Would you rather travel the world and live modestly, or live in one place and be rich? One place.

Would you rather be a rapper or in a death metal band? Rapper.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, it would be: Steak.

Three albums on a desert island: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John, Songs in the Key of Life Stevie Wonder, and Elvis Presley Live at Madison Square Garden.

Something people don’t know about you: Hmm. There’s so many things. I’m a sap for Christmas movies.

Your proudest moment as a musician: A few years ago I went to Ireland and played The Late Late Show.

Lastly, tell the folks what you’ve got going on: I’m releasing a new single next year, in February. The song’s called ”Rock Star”. It basically tells the story of anybody that wants to pursue music, and starts out as a kid and gets influenced by somebody. It’s different than other songs I’ve done because usually I write about things I see or hear, but this one was written more about me in this context.

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