Josh Ritter is the Idaho born and raised singer/songwriter who is critically praised and commercially hidden from the masses with the exception of Ireland, where he is a star. His sparse but well crafted songs have drawn comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen which is the equivalent of the holy trilogy in music.
Josh self recorded and released his self titled debut album, which caught the attention of Glen Hasard (The Frames, The Swell Season). This fortuitous meeting was the catalyst for Ritter’s voyage to Ireland and the genesis of his fervent following of Irish lads and lasses. Due to his popularity and his ability to hawk his wares (CD’s and merchandise) he was able to quit his day job and devote himself full time to his musical passion.
His follow up, The Golden Age of Radio was recorded and self produced and released in 2000. He then signed with Signature Sounds and they released the album nationally. This began the exaltation of critics and the indifference of consumers. Hello Starling was released in 2003 and Joan Baez covered “Wings” from the album on her release Dark Chords on a Big Guitar.
Josh Ritter Discography:
- Josh Ritter
- The Golden Age of Radio
- Hello Starling
- The Animal Years
- In the Dark-Live at Vicar Street
- The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
Josh Ritter’s Top 5 Songs:
- Here at the Right Time (The Animal Years)
- Wildfires (Released on bonus EP)
- Wings (Hello Starling)
- Girl in the War (The Animal Years)
- Me & Jiggs (The Golden Age of Radio)
Ritter did nothing to lose his critic’s darling status with the release of The Animal Years and 2007’s The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter. Over the years, he has built a solid fan base, opened for Bob Dylan, and has had a tribute band in Ireland dedicated to his work.
Ritter’s latest album, So Runs the World Away will be released in Ireland in April 2010 and the worldwide release will be in May of 2010.
Check out Josh Ritter at www.joshritter.com.
Great music awaits!