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Who is the Patton Avenue performer?

Foster belts out heavy metal, which he says helps him get rid of any negative feelings, or lift his mood even higher (Courtesy: WLOS)

Whenever the mood strikes, a local man pops up at a bus stop on Patton Avenue and starts singing heavy metal music.

Josh Foster is a 28-year-old father of two who says he was once married.

Right now, music does not pay Josh's bills. He works at the Candler Bi-Lo.

"I just try to do my job, and do it good," he said.

This is what drives Josh.

"I like to push myself to be the best I can, and if I'm not the best I can be, then I beat myself up, but I get right back on the horse and try again, because I'm not going to stop. I'm determined to be the best," he said.

Josh's mom shuttles him around, because he doesn't own a car or have a license.

"If I worry about what people think, then I'll only hurt myself," he said.

"You got that from me," his mom replied.

When the mood strikes, Melanie drops her son off on Patton Avenue. In front of the bus stop, Josh stands out, jamming along to the music in his ears.

"It makes me feel good to know that I'm in a good mood and he's in a good mood," a person waiting for the bus said.

"It's different," laughed a person at a red light.

He stands out on the street with headphones on and a guitar in his hands, belting out heavy metal. However, what Josh is holding is not an actual guitar - it's the guitar controller used for the popular videogame Guitar Hero.

"I cut the cord, and I said, 'Wow, this looks really good'," Josh said.

He admits that he doesn't know much about playing guitar.

"I don't know nothing about notes. So, I do the best I can to make it look like it's coming from the guitar," he said.

Josh says he performs at the bus stop for practice.

"My screams over the years have gotten so much better," he said.

He calls it therapy.

"I still had some things that I buried from yesterday. So, I wanted to get that out. But other than that, I'm just chilling," he said.

Standing out on a street corner doing what makes him happy, he performs an act of courage. Growing up in a broken home, Josh said superheroes taught him about courage.

"Spidey's always been my favorite," he said.

The internet is usually how people try to get noticed, going viral. Josh takes a more old-school approach.

"If I don't get my voice out there, no one's going to notice me," he said.

Here's notice to the music industry -- Josh has a band in the works.

"Saber Tooth Nightmare Parade," he plans to call the band, "I just thought it up."


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