Gathering Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter’s New Album  Due September 22
First Single Premieres
Extensive Tour Dates Announced

Gathering and will be available September 22 2017 on Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers (now available for pre-order.)

In advance of the release, the album’s first single ‘Showboat’ recently premiered at NPR Music.

The release of Gathering marks twenty years since Ritter began recording and performing music. Along with his loyal band-mates, the Royal City Band, and engineer Trina Shoemaker, Ritter returned to the Clubhouse studio in Rhinebeck, NY with more songs than he’d ever had before at one time.

Re-energized after a recent collaboration with legendary musician Bob Weir and—at the same time—tired of living in the shadow of his earlier self, Ritter felt charged with exploring the possibility of cutting himself loose from his own and others’ expectations. In his words:

“I began with an exciting sense of dissatisfaction, and what emerged, as I began to find my voice, was a record full of storms. I still can’t tell what era these stories are from. They feel part roustabout, part psalm to me.”

The thirteen songs featured on the album touch on themes of uncertainty, mania, laughter and sadness.  One of the tracks ‘When Will I Be Changed’ features special guest vocals and guitar from Weir.

In support of the release, Ritter and the Royal City Band will kick off an extensive tour including a debut headline performance at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on February 16.  Tickets for the tour go on-sale this Friday, July 21 and include a download of the forthcoming album upon release date.  See below for complete details.

Over the course of his acclaimed two decade career, Ritter has released eight full-length albums including his most recent, 2015’s Sermon On The Rocks, which received widespread critical praise.

In 2015, Ritter began a close collaboration with Weir and went on to write or co-write many of the twelve songs on Weir’s acclaimed 2016 solo album, Blue Mountain.

In addition to his work as a musician, Ritter made his debut as a published author in 2011 with his New York Times best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist.”

The Royal City Band is Zachariah Hickman (bass, acoustic guitar, wurlitzer), Sam Kassirer (piano, organ, synthesizers, percussion), Josh Kaufman (guitar, synthesizer) and Ray Rizzo (drums, percussion).

GATHERING TRACK LISTING

1. Shaker Love Song (Leah)
2. Showboat
3. Friendamine
4. Feels Like Lightning
5. When Will I Be Changed (feat. Bob Weir)
6. Train Go By
7. Dreams
8. Myrna Loy
9. Interlude
10. Cry Softly
11. Oh Lord (Part 3)
12. Thunderbolt’s Goodnight
13. Strangers

 

JOSH RITTER & THE ROYAL CITY BAND TOUR

October 22—Dallas, TX—Granada Theater
October 23—Birmingham, AL—Saturn
October 24—Atlanta, GA—Variety Playhouse
October 25—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle
October 27—Boston, MA—House of Blues
October 28—Portland, ME—State Theater
October 29—New York, NY—Brooklyn Steel
November 1—Pittsburgh, PA—Mr. Smalls
November 2—Washington, DC—Lincoln Theater
November 4—Northampton, MA—Calvin Theater
November 5—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer
November 8—Toronto, ON —Opera House
November 9—Chicago, IL—The Vic
December 2— Berlin, DE—Passionskirche
December 3—Nijmegen, NL —Doornroosje
December 4—Amsterdam, NL—Paradiso
December 5—London, UK— O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
December 6—Belfast, UK—Mandela Hall
December 7—Dublin, IE—Vicar Street (seated show)
December 8—Dublin, IE—Vicar Street (standing show)
December 10—Limerick, IE—Dolan’s
December 11—Cork, IE—Cork Opera House
January 12—Austin, TX—ACL Live at the Moody Theater
January 13—Houston, TX—Heights Theater
January 15—Tucson, AZ—Rialto Theater
January 16—San Diego, CA—Belly Up
January 17—Los Angeles, CA—Teragram Ballroom
January 19—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
January 20—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
January 24—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom
January 25—Seattle, WA—Neptune
January 26—Spokane, WA—Knitting Factory
January 27—Boise, ID—Knitting Factory
January 29—Denver, CO—Ogden
January 30—Lawrence, KS—Liberty Hall
January 31—Minneapolis, MN—Fitzgerald Theater
February 16—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium

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