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JOSH RITTER’S SERMON ON THE ROCKS TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 16

Josh Ritter (credit Laura Wilson)

Josh Ritter (credit Laura Wilson)

FIRST SINGLE GETTING READY TO GET DOWN PREMIERES AT NPR MUSIC  

 FALL TOUR DATES CONFIRMED

  • “How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions.”—The Washington Post
  • “The 10 Most Exciting Artists Now”Entertainment Weekly
  • “100 Best Living Songwriters”—Paste Magazine
  • “…the most exuberant outburst of imagery since Bob Dylan’s ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,’ in 1963.”—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

 

JR_Sermon_Album_Cover_itunesToronto, ON – July 27, 2015 – Sermon on the Rocks, the new album from critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, will be released October 16 on Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers. In advance of the release, the first single, Getting Ready To Get Down, premiered today at NPR Music: http://n.pr/1GUjxna. “The music is contagious,” says Bob Boilen from NPR Music. 

 

In addition to the studio album, a deluxe version of the CD and vinyl will be made available, which will include a bonus CD of Ritter’s early Sermon on the Rocks demos and home recordings. More information regarding album and vinyl pre-sale will be announced shortly.

Produced by Ritter and Trina Shoemaker (Queens of the Stone Age, Emmylou Harris), the 12-song album was recorded over two weeks at New Orleans’ The Parlor Recording Studio and features Matt Barrick from The Walkmen on drums, Zachariah Hickman on bass, Josh Kaufman on guitar and Sam Kassirer on piano.

 

Of his inspiration behind Sermon on the Rocks, Ritter comments, “I wanted to play messianic oracular honky-tonk.”

 

In celebration of the release Ritter and his longtime touring band, The Royal City Band, will embark on a series of special tour dates this fall. See below for complete details. Canadian dates to be announced soon.

 

Over the course of his acclaimed career, Ritter has released seven full-length albums, including his most recent, 2013’s The Beast In Its Tracks, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The record also received widespread critical praise—NPR Music called it, “…gorgeous and glorious,” while Pitchfork asserted, “Beast is contemplative and forgiving, a means of burying one relationship to commit to another, and Ritter nicely evokes the excitement and resignation of such a transition.” Additionally, in 2011, Ritter made is debut as a published author with his New York Times best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist.”

SERMON ON THE ROCKS TRACK LISTING

  • 1. Birds of the Meadow
  • 2. Young Moses
  • 3. Henrietta, Indiana
  • 4. Getting Ready To Get Down
  • 5. Seeing Me Around
  • 6. Where The Night Goes
  • 7. Cumberland
  • 8. Homecoming
  • 9. The Stone
  • 10. A Big Enough Sky
  • 11. Lighthouse Fire
  • 12. My Man On A Horse Is Here

 

JOSH RITTER AND THE ROYAL CITY BAND FALL TOUR

  • September 2—Portsmouth, NH—Prescott Park
  • September 18—Nashville, TN—Americana Music Festival
  • September 19—Bristol, TN—Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • October 10—Boulder, CO—Macky Auditorium*
  • October 19—Boston, MA—The Sinclair
  • October 20—Portland, ME—Port City Music Hall
  • October 21—Northampton, MA—The Academy
  • October 22—Brooklyn, NY—Rough Trade
  • October 24—Easton, MD—Avalon Theatre 
  • October 25—Pittsburgh, PA—Mr. Smalls
  • October 26—Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre

*with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

(additional dates to be announced)

 

http://www.joshritter.com

 

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