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Josh Ritter

January 22nd, 2015

Josh Ritter


Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s

Josh Ritter


While his name might not be on the tip of everyone's tongue in his homeland, folk-leaning singer/songwriter Josh Ritter has benefited from numerous positive reviews and a loyal fan base. Born in Idaho, Ritter bought his first guitar after hearing the Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash classic “Girl from the North Country.” While attending college in Oberlin, Ohio, Ritter got his first listen to Leonard Cohen and Gillian Welch. He instantly fell in love with their songs and dropped his neuroscience major in favor of the pursuit of music. With classic folk venues like Club Passim, Boston was the place Ritter chose to follow his dream. He recorded and released his self-titled debut in 1999, but it was 2002's Golden Age of Radio that got him noticed. Selling copies on his own funded touring, which funded more albums and so on. Signature Sounds Recordings soon picked the album up, gave it exposure on a national level, and the four- and five-star reviews started rolling in. The HBO series Six Feet Under grabbed a track from the album for their end credits, while Ritter received an offer to open for the Frames on a tour of Ireland. Soon his single “Me & Jiggs” was in the Irish Top 40, a headlining tour of the country was sold out, and a tribute band named Cork was playing nothing but Ritter material in numerous Irish pubs. Back home, the following was growing with sold-out shows in New York City and Boston, while an invitation to the Sundance Film Festival began 2003 on a high note. It took 14 February days in rural France to record his third album, and much of the equipment used for the session was Curtis Mayfield's old gear. The result, Hello Starling, was released in September of the same year. Animal Years, his much anticipated follow-up, arrived in March 2006, followed by The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter and the live CD/DVD In the Dark: Live at Vicar Street in 2007, So Runs the World Away in 2010, and The Beast in Its Tracks in 2013.

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Top Songs

Name Album Time Price

Lights Beast In Its Tracks 4:02 $0.99

Change of Time So Runs the World Away 4:04 $0.99

Save Me a Place (Live) Acoustic Live, Vol. 1 3:10 $0.99

Best for the Best (Live) Acoustic Live, Vol. 1 5:15 $0.99

Hopeful (Live) Acoustic Live, Vol. 1 5:08 $0.99

Joy to You Baby (Live) Acoustic Live, Vol. 1 5:10 $0.99

Galahad (Live) Acoustic Live, Vol. 1 6:16 $0.99

Wings (Live) Acoustic Live, Vol. 1 5:31 $0.99

I'm Not Afraid (Live) Acoustic Live, Vol. 1 3:02 $0.99

Certain Light (Live) Acoustic Live, Vol. 1 2:49 $0.99

Certain Light Beast In Its Tracks 2:48 $0.99

Good Man Animal Years (Deluxe Editio.. 4:09 $0.99

Girl In the War Animal Years (Deluxe Editio.. 4:23 $0.99

Long Shadows So Runs the World Away 2:19 $0.99

Folk Bloodbath So Runs the World Away 5:16 $0.99

Curse So Runs the World Away 5:03 $0.99

Can't Go to Sleep (Without You) .. Acoustic Live, Vol. 1 3:35 $0.99

In Your Arms Again Beast In Its Tracks 3:15 $0.99

You Don't Make It Easy Babe Hello Starling (Deluxe Edit.. 2:32 $0.99

Harrisburg Golden Age of Radio (Deluxe.. 3:54 $0.99

Come and Find Me Golden Age of Radio (Deluxe.. 3:52 $0.99

Southern Pacifica (Live) Acoustic Live, Vol. 1 5:34 $0.99

Hopeful Beast In Its Tracks 4:25 $0.99

Idaho In the Dark: Live At Vicar .. 5:03 $0.99

Temptation of Adam Historical Conquests of Jos.. 4:11 $0.99

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