Coined one of the 100 Greatest Living Songwriters by Paste magazine, singer/songwriter/guitarist/author Josh Ritter captivates
audiences with his Americana style and narrative lyrics. To see Josh Ritter live in concert, you must visit StubHub! StubHub
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Born and raised in Moscow, Idaho, Josh Ritter was inspired as a teenager by the music of Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. After
listening to his parents' copy of Nashville Skyline, he took a crack at writing his own songs on a lute that his father had
crafted. He ended up discarding the lute and buying his very first guitar at K-Mart. Following graduation from Moscow High
School in 1995, Ritter went to Oberlin College in Ohio to major in neuroscience. He later abandoned neuroscience and changed
his major to the self-created, American History Through Narrative Folk Music.
At the ripe old age of 21, Josh Ritter recorded his self-titled first album at a studio on the Oberlin College campus.
Following college graduation, he trekked to Scotland to attend the School of Scottish Folk Studies for a six-month stint.
He came back to the states and spent some time back in Idaho before relocating to Providence, Rhode Island, and then Somerville,
Massachusetts, taking on temp jobs and playing music at open mic gigs. His dedication to his music and selling his albums
at open mic nights, led him to being spotted by Glen Hansard and his band, The Frames. They invited him to travel to Ireland
with them, which turned out to be a pivotal move for Ritter's career.
Josh Ritter found himself in Ireland performing at open-mic nights after being invited to travel to the Emerald Isle with
Glen Hansard and his band. Ritter discovered that his albums were selling especially well at open mic gigs in Ireland. Eventually,
with the money he earned from merchandise sales, Ritter was able to focus solely on his music career and quit his day job.
Josh Ritter initially released the song, Me & Jiggs, as a single in Ireland, where word of Ritter had already spread like
wildfire. He opened for The Frames and then eventually headlined his own shows, which he is still doing today! Other noted
tours and festivals Josh Ritter has participated in, include: Sepomana; Newport Folk Festival; and Oxegen 2005. He has also
headlined with talents such as Joan Baez. If you'd like to learn more about Josh Ritter and his tour dates, just visit StubHub!
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