Josh Ritter On World Cafe Hear the folk-rock singer-songwriter perform songs from his new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, and discuss finding universal themes in autobiographical work.
Josh Ritter Photo by Laura Wilson
America’s best narrative songwriter has taken a turn toward the personal with songs coming in the aftermath of his divorce.
June 20, 2013 - Known for his distinctive Americana style and narrative lyrics, it is no wonder that critics dub Idaho native Josh Ritter as one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters.”
A natural narrator, Ritter uses his talent for words to tell stories in his music. In the past thirteen years, he has put six studio albums that have wowed listeners with their lyrical prowess. His most recent of the six, So Runs the World Away (2010), entered the Billboard Top 100 almost immediately after its release.
Ritter’s seventh and newest album, The Beast in Its Tracks, a very personal and sometimes raw album comes out today. Inspired by the prolonged struggles of his broken marriage, The Beast in Its Tracks displays an introspective view of Ritter and communicates to his listeners the hardships of his heartbreak.
In this World Cafe Session, you'll hear Josh discuss the tremendous influence the breakup of his marriage had on the writing of his album.