Josh Kaufman

Josh Kaufman is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger and producer best known for his work with Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir, The National, Josh Ritter, Craig Finn, Dawn Landes, The Hold Steady, Hiss Golden Messenger and The War on Drugs. Born in Paterson, NJ, and raised in Stony Brook, Long Island the son of a rheumatologist father and journalist mother. Kaufman played in various garage bands as a teenager and went on to study music at SUNY, New Paltz. Following graduation, he moved to Brooklyn where increasing demand for his input saw his profile as a collaborator and sideman rise. It was The National who brought Kaufman in to act as musical director for The Bridge Session, a one-off ensemble performance with Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir. This would in turn lead to subsequent production work on Day Of The Dead, an elaborate 2016 Grateful Dead charity tribute album, as well as Bob Weir’s first solo LP in close to 40 years, Blue Mountain.  Josh lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.