Josh Ritter Schedule
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. With numerous rave reviews and a dedicated
fan base on his side, Ritter was on the career path paved by his parents, two neuroscientists. But when he was exposed to
"Girl from the North Country," Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash's tune, Ritter swerved from his natural course. He shouldn't have
any regrets, however, because Ritter has cultivated a number of music successes for his music in so many ways, including appearances
on Late Night with Letterman. He has additionally been in demand by other high-profile musicians, who have invited Ritter
to share the spotlight. The list includes John Prine and Ray Lamontagne.Over the span of his career, Ritter has also cemented
enduring relationships with media vehicles like Entertainment Weekly, Amazon.com, Washington Post, Paste and NPR.
has consistently adhered to a rigorous tour schedule, which helped him garner a rabid fan base globally, especially in the
U.K. and Ireland. He continues to pack in popular venues today around the planet, including places like the: Woodland Park
Zoo in Seattle, Washington; Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia; Oregon Zoo Amphitheater in Portland, Oregon;
Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia; and more!
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Josh Ritter Background
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 Albums
Josh Ritter's albums include: Josh Ritter (1999); Golden Age of Radio (2000); Hello Starling
(2003); The Animal Years (2006); The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter (2007); So Runs the World Away (2010); and The Beast
in Its Tracks (2013).
Josh Ritter Trivia
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 Concert Experience
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.
But besides his impressive tours, Josh Ritter's live shows are even more impressive. Ritter goes
above and beyond when it comes to connecting with his fans. Don't be surprised if you catch him post-concert autographing
albums and hugging fans.
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