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Josh Ritter

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  • Born: Moscow, Idaho
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://joshritter.com/
  • Recent Activity: 11.28.15 RT @RevHallpdx: Coming Soon! TWO nights w/ @joshritter Jan. 22nd (https://t.co/QXiSvV3iqE) & Jan. 23rd (https://t.co/TGchH7yT2g)! https://t…
  • Josh Ritter

  • Josh Ritter

  • Josh Ritter


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

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.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
12.06.15 Mountain Stage Charleston, WV US
01.14.16 ACL Live at The Moody Theater Austin, TX US
01.15.16 Granada Theater Dallas, TX US
01.17.16 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ US
01.19.16 Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA US
01.20.16 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA US
01.21.16 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA US
01.22.16 Revolution Hall Portland, OR US
01.23.16 Revolution Hall Portland, OR US
01.24.16 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA US


  • 11.28.15 RT @RevHallpdx: Coming Soon! TWO nights w/ @joshritter Jan. 22nd (https://t.co/QXiSvV3iqE) & Jan. 23rd (https://t.co/TGchH7yT2g)! https://t…
  • 11.27.15 RT @daytrotter: Helping you through #BlackFriday with new music at https://t.co/9BSjyoiF05 from @TRA_AMS, @joshritter & @SYTheUnion! https:…
  • 11.26.15 A happy, happy Thanksgiving to you, your families and all of your friends. I love you all and am so grateful.
  • 11.26.15 RT @Kurt_Vonnegut: There's only one rule that I know of, babies — God damn it, you've got to be kind.
  • 11.26.15 RT @VuHaus: The perfect song for your #Thanksgiving travels fr @joshritter: "Homecoming" https://t.co/oyenyr0geg @wxpnfm #BeSafe https://t.…
  • 11.25.15 Whoops. San Berdoo Sunburn. Check it out! https://t.co/loHqgVN3UF
  • 11.25.15 You know when you first fall in love and she plays you a song and you know she's the one? San Berdoo Sunset was mine https://t.co/loHqgVN3UF
  • 11.25.15 RT @wxpnfm: Did you catch the @VuHaus VIDEO OF THE DAY? Watch @joshritter perform "Birds of the Meadow" at XPN | https://t.co/BGRHGHXwVw
  • 11.23.15 So excited about this! https://t.co/EqrKspcOhb