Thursday, June 24, 2010

Josh Ritter wows 'em in LA

I finally saw Ritter headline for the first time a couple weeks ago at Hollywood's Music Box Theatre and wow, what a show! For nearly two hours, the affable singer/guitarist and his crack band captivated and invigorated the large crowd with a major chunk of material from the stunning latest album "So Runs the World Away." Although the sound mix was muddled at times, it didn't detract from the performance.

Ritter played electric guitar for the first half and gradually switched to solo acoustic. He did a stark cover of "Moon River" and an affecting take on John Prine's "Mexican Home" from the new tribute album. LA was also fortunate to get a spirited "Kathleen" - a longtime concert favorite he doesn't do all the time.

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