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Josh Ritter

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  • Born: Moscow, Idaho
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://joshritter.com/
  • Recent Activity: 04.21.17 Milwaukee! Tix for my 'Works in Progress' solo show at The Back Room at @colectivocoffee on 7/13 are on sale now!… https://t.co/W1NCcEWKjd
  • 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
06.07.17 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MD US
06.18.17 Longwood Gardens Kennett Square, PA US


  • 04.21.17 Milwaukee! Tix for my 'Works in Progress' solo show at The Back Room at @colectivocoffee on 7/13 are on sale now!… https://t.co/W1NCcEWKjd
  • 04.19.17 Hey! Spring cleaning sale ends tonight! 17% off everything + free shipping until 11:59pm ET. https://t.co/KIfcKltnRO https://t.co/McgA26Tut6
  • 04.19.17 Cleveland! Tickets for my 'Works in Progress' solo show at @musicboxcle on Tuesday, 7/11 are on sale now!… https://t.co/oQ36zzbM3V
  • 04.19.17 I had a sensational night at @CityWineryNYC tonight. Thank you to everyone who made it so special. See y'all again tomorrow!
  • 04.18.17 Hey! Just announced a couple more WiP solo shows! CLE is on sale 4/19 at 10am ET & MIL is on sale 4/21 at 12pm CT.… https://t.co/KORMvbFvS7
  • 04.13.17 Hey everybody! Spring cleaning sale in the store - 17% off everything + free shipping! Ends at 11:59pm ET on 4/19.… https://t.co/GzwUCOGIjo
  • 04.06.17 Harford! Tix for my 'Works in Progress' solo show at @infinityhall on 6/30 are on sale now! https://t.co/ZUA2BlRkor
  • 04.05.17 Added one more 'Works in Progress' show at @infinityhall in Hartford, CT on 6/30. Tix on sale tomorrow at 6am ET!… https://t.co/W9KAwGTtrs
  • 04.03.17 Hey all! I'm playing a show w/ @brettdennen at the @bigbluetent in Bayfield, WI on 7/14! Tix on sale 4/11 at 12pm C… https://t.co/KcNApirMlB
  • 03.31.17 A huge, huge thank you to @DavidRDye for all he has done for musicians over the years. We wouldn't be us without him!
  • 03.29.17 Playing Rocky Mtn Folks Festival this August 18-20 in Lyons, CO! Tickets on sale now: https://t.co/Nr9rzOXZ7w https://t.co/wPT1qM6yMV
  • 03.27.17 Playing two more 'Works in Progress' solo shows! @RamsHeadOnstage on sale now & @AvalonTheater on sale Wed at 11am.… https://t.co/5getYEUCtB