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.
With glowing reviews, it led to an offer from Glen Hansard of the Frames to tour Ireland. There his music really took off. Ritter’s single “Me & Jiggs” appeared in the Irish Top 40 and soon he sold out a headlining tour in the singer songwriter-loving country. At home his career built more slowly over the four albums that followed. Most recently Ritter put out his first novel, Bright’s Passage, and in early March he will release a new album The Beast in Its Tracks. He talks about what led him to where he is today, including his neuroscientist parents, and preview the forthcoming disc for us. And Patrick Watson. The Canadian pianist has used his jazz and classical background to craft film friendly music over the course of four discs. He shares the story behind the title track to his latest, Adventures in Your Own Backyard. That’s this week on Conversations from the World Cafe!