Josh Rouse is an American folk/roots/pop singer-songwriter. Originally from Nebraska, Rouse started writing songs at age 18 and began his recording career in Nashville, Tennessee in 1998. Following a nomadic childhood, he went to Nashville for college and subsequently dropped out, met some local musicians, and began recording. The initial recordings eventually became his debut release, Dressed Up Like Nebraska. The album received critical acclaim from music writers. He went on to collaborate with Kurt Wagner on an EP the following year and toured in support of artists such as Mark Eitzel, Aimee Mann, and Vic Chesnutt. Home (2000) and Under Cold Blue Stars (2002) followed, along with 1972 with producer Brad Jones (2003).
Rouse has lived in Spain off and on since 2004, and his music has taken on Spanish and Latin American influences. His last album recorded before the move, Nashville (2005), reached number 66 on the UK albums chart. He returned to the U.S. briefly to promote his 2007 album, Country Mouse City House, and collaborated with wife Paz Suay as She's Spanish, I'm American, with the duo releasing a self-titled EP in 2007.