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An Acoustic Set With Josh Ritter From Sermon On The Rocks On The Day It Is Released
The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT, however, you can watch Josh Ritter perform a live midday concert this Friday on VuHaus.

Ritter is stopping by the World Café Live for Free at Noon on the heels of the release of his eighth studio album, Sermon on the Rocks. Known for his narrative-rich Americana style, Ritter takes a light and playful tone on the new record, which he recorded with The Royal City Band in New Orleans. His Free at Noon show will feature many of these new tracks and likely a few old favorites.

Ritter plays a headlining show at Union Transfer this February 21st, but you can catch him warming up for tour by RSVPing to reserve your spot for this week's Free at Noon in Philadelphia, or tuning in at 88.5FM and worldwide at XPN.org.

Recent Release: Sermon On The Rocks
Release Date: October 16, 2015
Label: Elektra Pytheas Recordings



January 9, 2013 - Josh Ritter joins host David Dye at the State Theater in Ithaca, New York. Josh Ritter recorded his debut in 1999 but it was his second record, 2002’s Golden Age of Radio, that caught the attention of a larger audience.
Over the past decade Josh Ritter has made some incredible, pure singer-songwriter records. His gift of verse and creative storytelling has yielded more than a handful of albums, another handful of EPs and even his first novel back in 2011. Prolific and engaging, it’s always been easy to get wrapped up in his stories on songs like “Girl In the War” and “The Curse,” songs that could spawn their own novels. Josh seems to find ease in telling the story through the eyes of his characters, and that’s what makes his latest album, The Beast in Its Tracks (Pytheas Recordings), the biggest departure of his career.
American singer-songwriter and guitarist Josh Ritter has forged a connection between narrator and musician. His lyrics and his performances tell stories to audiences, utilizing an Americana style unique to his music. Ritter is also an author. He published his first novel, Bright’s Passage, in 2011.

Josh Ritter is a prime example of an artist getting better and better as he goes along. We all knew he was super-talented, but even that didn't prepare me for the genius of this new album The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter. It's a bona fide best of '07 contender, and a completely rewarding listening experience, whether you hear the album from start to finish or hear it a song at a time. Ritter's got it goin' on...

An understated gem, Josh Ritter’s second album Hello Starling is an album not to be missed this year.

First listens to this Idaho-born singer-songwriter will reveal touchstones as familiar as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, even Tim Hardin.

In a musical climate where pure singer-songwriters are burdened by competition for attention and ears, it seems cliché yet appropriate to say that the cream rises to the top. And with that, Josh Ritter is a name who has continued to engage and grow artistically with each record. His latest So Runs The World Away continues a progression of agreeable, literate releases from the Idaho native.

Josh Ritter is a prime example of an artist getting better and better as he goes along. We all knew he was super-talented, but even that didn't prepare me for the genius of this new album The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter. It's a bona fide best of '07 contender, and a completely rewarding listening experience, whether you hear the album from start to finish or hear it a song at a time. Ritter's got it goin' on...

The Animal Years is JOSH RITTER's coming of age album. The 29 year old Idaho native has been troubadour-ing it for several years now, and all of his experience and songwriting know-how have been brought together on this new release.

An understated gem, Josh Ritter’s second album Hello Starling is an album not to be missed this year.

First listens to this Idaho-born singer-songwriter will reveal touchstones as familiar as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, even Tim Hardin.