However putting the young Ritter in the folksinger category does him an injustice. He’s a singer-songwriter with a gentle touch, a unique yet familiar sense of melody, and a way with lyrics that puts him in a category of a young Paul Simon or John Prine. And often recalls Cat Stevens on his classic “Tea For Tillerman.”
Hello Starling is a collection of 11 songs recorded in 14 days in a barn in France, and recorded on much of Curtis Mayfield’s vintage recording gear. The album is disarmingly honest and simple, yet finds its strength in Ritter’s confidence, highly literate stories, and well crafted song structures. The upbeat tunes like “Kathleen,” “Snow Is Gone,” and “Man Burning,” show Ritter’s potential for greatness like Bruce Springsteen on his album “Tunnel of Love.” And on the most pensive tracks, like “Baby That’s Not All,” “Bone of Song,” and “You Don’t Make It Easy Babe,” Ritter reveals songs as colorful as blood on the tracks and as wise as the songwriting icons he has been compared to.
Written by Bruce Warren
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