High & Tight - It's Josh Linville

Josh Linville has recently moved back to Paducah. He’s a barber extraordinaire and will soon be opening his own barbershop in downtown Paducah. Fun facts about Josh include he’s seen Back to the Future over 100 times and has a bulldog named Manly Daniels! Please iMeet and welcome back Josh Linville!

That teaser information has us all intrigued, Josh. Tell us about yourself...

I was born and raised right here in Paducah. My mom still lives in the house she brought me to from the hospital. I graduated from Heath High School in 2003. I spent a few years in Southern Illinois then I moved to Nashville, Tennessee. I've been back in Paducah for about 15 months, and I love how much the city has changed! It's such a welcoming place for artists and entrepreneurs.

I think we met your lovely wife a few weeks ago on iMeet - Tell us about your family...

I am married to an amazing woman - Jenny. She is my favorite person and we have so much fun together! We have a super handsome English bulldog named Manly Daniels who loves getting attention. So if you see us around downtown feel free to come tell him “hello”.

You are from Paducah...did you always think you'd come back home to live?

Truthfully, I never thought I would move back. We came back to Paducah so my wife could finish her internship/degree and we planned to move away eight months later. When we got here we fell in love with Paducah and decided this is where we would call home. It is not the same city I left 10 years ago.

We hear rumors about a new barbershop coming to town; can you tell us more..?

Well, I'm excited to announce that later this summer I will be opening my own shop. Manly Daniel's Barbershop & Gentlemen's Supply will be located in historic downtown Paducah in the same storefront where Conway's Barbershop operated for so many years. In fact, the shop has only been used for barbering since it was built in 1887, and I am very glad to bring the art back and continue putting hair on its very old floors.

Keep an eye on my Instagram page (@abarbernamedjosh) for a grand opening date and more information!

How long have you been a barber?

I have been barbering for four years. However, in that short time I have seen a lot of great clients. After barber school I worked at Red's Classic Barbershop in downtown Nashville. I could literally walk out of the shops front door and look up at the AT&T (Batman) building.

Later I was asked to join a great group of haircutters at Brave Barber and Beauty on 8th Ave South in Nashville. Brave was a great place to work and I had a lot of great friends and clients there. When I moved back to Paducah, I started working with Wayne and Mike at Ramey's Barber Stylist

What makes you stand out from other barbers?

I believe that barbering is an art. When a gentleman comes to me for a haircut I try my best to exceed his expectations. I take the time to make sure the cut is done well. I stay informed on current men's fashion trends. And I offer services that I haven't found at any other Paducah shops, like straight razor head and face shaves.

What's the best part of your job? What is the hardest?

The best part of my job is watching the face of a guy who is used to a basic, cookie-cutter haircut look at his reflection in the mirror after our cut and see his reaction.

The hardest part is working out scheduling! I have been filling up pretty quickly and I do most of my booking by text. Sometimes it takes a little extra work to make sure everyone gets in for their cut but it's definitely worth it!

You also play in a band...tell us about City Serenade...

City Serenade is a modern worship group that I played and sang with for about seven years. We had a lot of fun playing everywhere from Detroit to Southern Illinois. We've been working with a producer on an album which will hopefully be finishing up soon!

Where can we catch you and your band playing?

We haven't played in about four years actually! I do miss it very much and would love to get the boys together and do a reunion show. You can check us out on Facebook. *Fun fact: 3 of the 4 band members actually became barbers! But none of us work in the same shop.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I like to read, play guitar and binge watch Netflix. Stephen King is my author of choice. I would love to put together a pop punk cover band. And I have seen 'The Office' and 'Parks and Recreation' way more than I'd like to admit.

Tell me something that you wouldn't normally admit to...

I have seen Back to the Future at least 100 times. It is my favorite film! (No kidding!)

Who was your favorite teacher in any school you've ever attended? What made him/her such a great teacher?

My favorite teacher was Mr. Dulworth. He was an English teacher at Heath High and he really opened my eyes to creative writing. If it wasn't for him I probably would not have started writing songs, which means I wouldn't have started a band or moved to Nashville. So I guess he played a pretty pivotal role in my life.

Well we’re excited to iMeet you, Josh, and wish you lots of luck with the new barber shop. Be sure to let us know when you’re open so we can get a cool straight razor shave!