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Josh Ritter’s ‘Fever Breaks’

Read up on ‘Fever Breaks’ the new outing by Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter (L) – photo: LTTL

Fever Breaks, the new studio album from singer, songwriter and performer Josh Ritter, will be released April 26, 2019 via Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers.  In advance of the release, the album’s first single, the feisty “Old Black Magic” is available – see clip below. 

Recorded at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A in the depths of Music Row, with additional recording and mixing at Sound Emporium, the ten-song record was engineered by Matt Ross-Spang and features contributions from Grammy-winning musician Jason Isbell (guitar and vocals) and his band The 400 UnitThe band includes Derry Deborja (piano, organ and Hohner accordion), Chad Gamble (drums and percussion), Jimbo Hart (fender electric, ukulele and upright bass), Sadler Vaden (electric guitar, acoustic guitar and twelve-string acoustic guitar) and Amanda Shires (violin and vocals).

Of the album, Ritter says: “The songs are very reflective of the times in which they were written.  As we started coming together and playing, the songs that felt like they were gonna work really jumped out as obvious. From there on, after we recorded in August [2018] we had this really nice time to stop and listen and let the songs marinate a little bit. In that time, the world has just become even crazier. There’s a lot of the record that feels reflective of the moment it was in.” 

Here is “Old Black Magic”:

Over the course of his career Ritter has released ten full-length albums including 2017’s Gathering, which debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart and received widespread critical praise. In 2015 Ritter began a close collaboration with Bob Weir and went on to write or co-write many of the 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).  

Fever Breaks Tracklist:

1. Ground Don’t Want Me 
2. Old Black Magic 
3. On The Water
4. I Still Love You (Now and Then) 
5. The Torch Committee
6. Silverblade
7. All Some Kind of Dream
8. Losing Battles
9. A New Man  
10. Blazing Highway Home


Read up on ‘Fever Breaks’ the new outing by Josh Ritter

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