Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Josh Ritter news

Josh Ritter’s new album, Sermon on the Rocks, out this Friday on Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers, is streaming for one more day via NPR Music’s First Listen series:

music video for the first single, “Getting Ready To Get Down,” can be viewed at: The deluxe version of the CD and vinyl includes a bonus CD of Ritter’s early Sermon on the Rocks demos and home recordings.

Ritter and The Royal City Band will embark on an extensive North American tour this fall and winter, including dates at L.A.’s The Fonda Theatre, New York’s Beacon Theatre and D.C.’s 9:30 Club. See below for complete details.

Produced by Ritter and Trina Shoemaker (Emmylou Harris), the 12-song album was recorded over two weeks at New Orleans’ The Parlor Recording Studio and features Matt Barrick from The Walkmen on drums, Zachariah Hickman on bass, Josh Kaufman on guitar and Sam Kassirer on piano.

Of his inspiration behind Sermon on the Rocks, Ritter comments, “I wanted to play messianic oracular honky-tonk.”

Over the course of his acclaimed career, Ritter has released seven full-length albums, including his most recent, 2013’s The Beast In Its Tracks, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The record also received widespread critical praise. 

Additionally, 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.”


1. Birds of the Meadow
2. Young Moses
3. Henrietta, Indiana
4. Getting Ready To Get Down
5. Seeing Me Around
6. Where The Night Goes
7. Cumberland
8. Homecoming
9. The Stone
10. A Big Enough Sky
11. Lighthouse Fire
12. My Man On A Horse Is Here


October 10—Boulder, CO—Macky Auditorium*
October 11—Boise, ID—The Record Exchange (in-store performance)
October 12—Seattle, WA—Easy Street Records (in-store performance)
October 14—Long Beach, CA—Fingerprints (in-store performance)
October 19—Boston, MA—The Sinclair (SOLD OUT)
October 20—Portland, ME—Port City Music Hall
October 21—Northampton, MA—The Academy
October 22—Brooklyn, NY—Rough Trade (SOLD OUT)
October 24—Easton, MD—Avalon Theatre
October 25—Pittsburgh, PA—Mr. Smalls
October 26—Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre (SOLD OUT)
*with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra


January 14—Austin, TX—The Moody Theater
January 15—Dallas, TX—Granada Theatre
January 17—Tucson, AZ—Rialto Theatre
January 18—San Diego, CA—North Park Theatre
January 19—Los Angeles, CA—The Fonda Theatre
January 20—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
January 21—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
January 22—Portland, OR—Revolution Hall
January 23—Portland, OR—Revolution Hall
January 24—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre
January 27—Minneapolis, MN—Pantages Theatre
January 28—Madison, WI—Barrymore Theatre
January 29—Chicago, IL—Riviera Theater
February 16—Toronto, ON—The Phoenix
February 17—South Burlington, VT—Higher Ground
February 18—New Haven, CT—College Street Music Hall
February 19—Boston, MA—House of Blues
February 20—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre
February 21—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer
February 23—Washington, DC—9:30 Club
February 25—Durham, NC—Caroline Theatre
February 26—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West
February 27—Nashville, TN—Cannery Ballroom
February 28—Louisville, KY—Headliners Music Hall

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