Josh Ritter

Agent: Mike Leahy

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“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

Fever Breaks, the tenth studio album from acclaimed singer and songwriter Josh Ritter, will be released April 26th. Produced by Grammy Award-winning musician Jason Isbell, the 10-song record was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A.

“It’s classic Ritter on Muscle Shoals-bred steroids.” – Rolling Stone

“Josh Ritter? Hell, he was born dead center of the whole country, who else is gonna tell us what it’s really like.” That’s Jason Isbell, who knows a little something about songwriting, on why Josh Ritter’s songs are so important right now.

What must it feel like, to do what Josh Ritter can? To be able to see the world clear as it is, to be able to hold in your mind the various ways it might roll, spin or cant, to draw these versions for us in a few, perfectly chosen words, set to melodies as instantly memorable as they are fresh?

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I imagine it must feel like a calling and a burden, and must bring about in Ritter a sense of gratitude and obligation—To hear those voices, those couplets, those musical lines and to know that there are so many of us waiting for him bring them to us, like a basket of just ripened tangerines on an arid summer day, exactly what we need at the exact moment we most need it.

There is a hint for us in the title of Josh’s new album, Fever Breaks. And listening to it, I can sense the fever that took hold of Josh as he was writing, the insistent, all encompassing waves of emotion and heat, the chills and shakes that blew through him and finally broke just before it would have killed him.

This urgency shows itself in the songs he wrote, in the playing and singing that elevates the recordings into incantations of hope in desperate times, into that one ray of light sneaking its way through the one needle sized hole in the ground above the collapsed mine shaft we are all stuck in: the United States of America in 2019.

“In between nothing but the thin air and the unknown,” Ritter sings in On The Water, describing not only the fragile state of a relationship, but also the state of the US as he apprehends it at this particular moment in history. But one of Josh’s many gifts is that, even as he documents the meanness, the songs themselves lift us out of it, into a place of reverie.

As I listen, I find myself singing along, laughing, entered into a shared place of joy. This is secular church music, because it unifies us, bonds us, brings us together in a search for love, peace, understanding and an escape from the earthly cruelty all around us.

When I asked Isbell, who produced Fever Breaks, what it was about Josh Ritter’s music that made him want to collaborate with Josh, he spoke of Ritter’s perfectionism, of Ritter’s willingness to do the work required to turn an instant of inspiration into a great song. And then he got quiet for a long moment. “Look,” he said. “This American experiment is getting to the point where we need to call for help. We’re not under water yet, but we are stuck on the rocks. Josh’s music is a perfect document of these times.”  

—Brian Koppelman, co-creator, showrunner Billions, co-writer, Rounders 

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Josh Ritter on Tour:

Date City Location Venue

Sat, 23 Mar 2019

WOODSTOCK

NY

LEVON HELM STUDIOS

Wed, 8 May 2019

Toronto

ON

DANFORTH MUSIC HALL

Thu, 9 May 2019

Montreal

QC

L'ASTRAL

Fri, 10 May 2019

Northampton

MA

Calvin Theater

Sat, 11 May 2019

Boston

MA

Wilbur Theatre

Sun, 12 May 2019

Boston

MA

Wilbur Theatre

Tue, 14 May 2019

Glenside

PA

Keswick Theatre

Thu, 16 May 2019

Munhall

PA

Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall

Fri, 17 May 2019

Washington

DC

Lincoln Theatre

Sat, 18 May 2019

Charlottesville

VA

Jefferson Theater

Sun, 19 May 2019

Atlanta

GA

Variety Playhouse

Tue, 21 May 2019

Cincinnati

OH

Taft Theatre

Wed, 22 May 2019

Chicago

IL

The Vic Theatre

Thu, 23 May 2019

Detriot

MI

Majestic Theatre

Fri, 14 Jun 2019

Houston

TX

The Heights Theater

Sat, 15 Jun 2019

Austin

TX

Paramount Theater

Sun, 16 Jun 2019

Oklahoma City

OK

Tower Theater

Thu, 20 Jun 2019

Boise

ID

Egyptian Theatre

Fri, 21 Jun 2019

Spokane

WA

Knitting Factory

Sat, 22 Jun 2019

Vancouver

BC

Vogue Theatre

Sun, 23 Jun 2019

Seattle

WA

Moore Theatre

Tue, 25 Jun 2019

Portland

OR

Revolution Hall

Fri, 28 Jun 2019

Oakland

CA

Fox Theater

Sat, 29 Jun 2019

Los Angeles

CA

The Theatre at the Ace Hotel

Fri, 16 Aug 2019

Big Sky

MT

Moonlight Music Festval

Sat, 17 Aug 2019

Lyons

CO

Rocky Mountains Folk Festival

Sat, 7 Sep 2019

CHATTANOOGA

TN

MOON RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Sat, 21 Sep 2019

New York

NY

Beacon Theater

Thu, 26 Sep 2019

Durham

NC

Carolina Theatre

Fri, 27 Sep 2019

Asheville

NC

The Orange Peel

Sat, 28 Sep 2019

Nashville

TN

RYman Auditorium