Friday, December 14, 2012

Josh Ritter album, tour scheduled for spring

Ritter's last album was in my top 10 of 2010, so I can't wait to hear this... 

The Beast In Its Tracks, the new album from singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, will be released March 5 on Pytheas Recordings.

Of the record, Ritter says, “In the year after my marriage ended, I realized that I had more new songs than I’d ever had at one time. Far from the grand, sweeping feel of the songs on So Runs the World Away, these new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness.”

This is the sixth full-length recording from Ritter, who has been widely heralded by critics and fans alike. First single, “Joy To You Baby,” is available as a download. A limited edition 7” single of “Joy To You Baby” (with an exclusive non-album b-side) is now available to purchase at and, on Dec. 18, will be at indie record stores nationwide. The package features a coke-bottle-clear vinyl and is limited to 1,000 hand-numbered copies.

Ritter & The Royal City Band will celebrate the release of The Beast In Its Tracks with a North American tour set to kick off in Dallas on March 13; see below for a list of dates.

All concert tickets are bundled with a unique musical package including a redemption code to download The Beast In Its Tracks upon release date. Ticket purchasers will also receive an immediate download of “Joy To You Baby.” The Beast In Its Tracks will also be available in a deluxe edition vinyl package and CD format.

Recorded during 2011-2012 at the Great North Sound Society in Parsonsfield, Maine, The Beast In Its Tracks continues Ritter’s longtime collaboration with producer and keyboard player Sam Kassirer.

As Josh describes, “I hadn’t composed this stuff, I’d scrawled it down, just trying to keep ahead of the heartbreak. They needed to be recorded like that. We needed to work fast, make decisions quickly, keep the songs as spare as they could be kept, and above all never allow ourselves to blunt the sharp edges. Some of the songs were mean or evil. So be it.”

In 2011, Ritter made is debut as a published author with his New York Times Best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime . . . This is the work of a gifted novelist.”


March 13            Dallas, TX            Granada Theatre
March 14            Austin, TX             SXSW
March 16            Tucson, AZ            Rialto Theatre
March 18            Solana Beach, CA   Belly Up
March 19            Los Angeles, CA      Fonda Theatre
March 20            Oakland, CA            The Fox Theatre
March 21            Portland, OR            Crystal Ballroom
March 22            Vancouver, BC         Commodore Ballroom
March 23            Seattle, WA               Neptune
March 24            Spokane, WA            Knitting Factory
March 25            Missoula, MT            Wilma Theatre
March 27            Denver, CO              Ogden Theatre
April 14              Cincinnati, OH            Taft Theatre
April 15              Columbus, OH            Southern Theatre           
April 16              Toronto, ON                Danforth Music Hall
April 17              Detroit, MI                   Royal Oak Theatre
April 18              Indianapolis, IN           The Vogue
April 19              Louisville, KY               Brown Theatre
April 20              St. Louis, MO               Plush
April 21              Lawrence, KS              Liberty Hall
April 23              Milwaukee, WI             Pabst Theatre
April 24              Madison, WI                Capitol Theatre
April 25              Minneapolis, MN         First Avenue
April 27             Chicago, IL                 Vic Theatre
May 8               Portland, ME                 State Theatre†
May 9               Northampton, MA          Calvin Theatre†
May 10             Washington, DC          9:30 Club†
May 12             Carrboro, NC             Cat’s Cradle†
May 13             Asheville, NC              Orange Peel†
May 14             Atlanta, GA                 Variety Playhouse†
May 16             Philadelphia, PA         The Trocadero†
May 17             Boston, MA                House of Blues†
May 18             New York, NY            Terminal 5†
†support from The Felice Brothers

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