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Radin’s radical departure

When Joshua Radin was a screenwriter, he had no idea that one day he would be supplying the soundtrack instead of the script.

When Joshua Radin was a screenwriter, he had no idea that one day he would be supplying the soundtrack instead of the script.

“When I got stuck in a scene, I’d pick up the guitar and learn another chord,” Radin says.

Now almost every song he has written can be traced to a scene in a show, a movie soundtrack or a commercial. And he’s only been playing guitar since 2002.

Radin picked up the guitar as a hobby, but his first song was picked to feature on “Scrubs” within three weeks of his writing it.

“So many people tried to find out who was singing that it crashed the NBC website,” he recounts. “I turned to my girlfriend at the time and I was like, ‘Well, maybe I should do this for a living.’”

Now Radin is touring the country to promote his third album, “The Rock and the Tide,” released last October. With the release of his third album in just six years and the mile-long list of television and film credits, Radin gets his music to the masses.

“It’s crazy, but I love it. It helps me garner fans all over the world,” Radin says. “You don’t even have to tour there, because the show the song’s in, or the movie that it’s in or the commercial — they hear it all over the world, so it’s great exposure.”

His credits include hit shows and movies such as “American Idol,” “House,” “Gossip Girl” and “The Last Kiss.”

“The Rock and the Tide” combines the powder-blue mellow folk sound reminiscent of his first two albums with higher-energy rock songs.

“Half the record, I wanted to make a little different. You don’t want to make the same music all the time. … No one wants to hear 15 folk songs in a row. It gets boring,” Radin says.

Joshua Radin
Saturday, 7 p.m.
House of Blues
15 Lansdowne St., Boston
$20-$30, 800-745-3000

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