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Josh Ritter performs in The Current studio
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Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is one of indie Americana's most seasoned and talented figures. His clever storytelling and gritty yet melodic vocals have earned him critical accolades and widespread appreciation on the music scene. From his early, self-released albums through his most recent output, he's consistently proven himself to be a compelling voice.
Last month, Ritter released his seventh studio full-length, The Beast in Its Tracks, on Pytheas Recordings. His spring tour brought him through the Twin Cities for a First Avenue date with Sea Wolf opening, and he stopped by The Current studio ahead of the show with his Royal City Band in tow to play a few songs.
Ritter and host Mary Lucia chatted about his intentions for the new record, the cathartic nature of sharing autobiographical songwriting with his audience, friendship with Glen Hansard of the Frames, and more.
Songs played: "Joy to You Baby" "New Lover," "Hopeful" and "Rumors (web exclusive)."
- Josh Ritter performs in The Current studios With his acoustic guitar, Josh Ritter has let loose folk sounds that have often been compared to the likes of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.
- Josh Ritter performs in The Current studio Growing up in Idaho, Josh Ritter's folk-styled music began when, after being inspired by the music of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, he got his first guitar. His career exploded in Ireland after he met Glen Hansard and started touring with The Frames.
- Josh Ritter performs in studio Josh Ritter performs "Girl in the War," "Wolves," and "Snow is Gone"
- The Josh Ritter song which became a novel Critics describe Josh Ritter as an heir to the musical story-telling tradition of such greats as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Now he's about to publish his debut novel which he says grew out of a song he couldn't fit on his most recent album.