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You should be listening to Josh Ritter!

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:

  1. Here at the Right Time (The Animal Years)
  2. Wildfires (Released on bonus EP)
  3. Wings (Hello Starling)
  4. Girl in the War (The Animal Years)
  5. 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.

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Great music awaits!


Under the Covers: Cover songs you should be listening to

Some songs are so great that everyone wants to sing them and add their own unique style.  Some do it to pay homage to an artist, others feel a certain connection to the song and/or artist, and yet others are just looking to be the next American Idol.

The cover tune is the metaphorical equivalent of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Anyone can do it but not everyone does it right.   To make it right, PB&J requires lightly toasted bread, an abundance of peanut butter on both slices of the bread, and a generous slathering of jelly.  I’m a grape or raspberry fan myself. 

So, let’s get under the covers:

  • “Masters of War”                       Pearl Jam
    • Original Artist                   Bob Dylan
  • “War Pigs”                                  Faith No More
    • Original Artist                   Black Sabbath
  • “Hurt”                                          Johnny Cash
    • Original Artist                   Nine Inch Nails
  • “Hard to Handle”                        The Black Crowes
    • Original Artist                   Ottis Redding
  • “Chimes of Freedom”                 Bruce Springsteen
    • Original Artist                   Bob Dylan
  • “Cortez the Killer”                      The Dave Matthews Band
    • Original Artist                   Neil Young
  • “Billie Jean”                                 Chris Cornell
    • Original Artist                   Michael Jackson
  • “Paradise”                                   Pat Green
    • Original Artist                   John Prine
  • “Hard Sun”                                 Eddie Vedder
    • Original Artist                   Indio
  • “Play it All Night Long”             Drive-By Truckers
    • Original Artist                   Warren Zevon
  • “Climbing up the Walls”            Erin Ivey
    • Original Artist                   Radiohead
  • “Rocket Man”                             My Morning Jacket
    • Original Artist                   Elton John
  • “Such Great Heights”                 Iron & Wine
    • Original Artist                   The Postal Service
  • “Hallelujah”                                 Jeff Buckley
    • Original Artist                   Leonard Cohe
  • “Little Wing”                               Stevie Ray Vaughan
    • Original Artist                   Jimi Hendrix
  • “Lungs”                                       Lyle Lovett
    • Original Artist                   Townes Van Zandt
  • “Breadfan”                                  Metallica
    • Original Artist                   Budgie
  • “Badfish”                                     Jack Johnson
    • Original Artist                   Sublime
  • “Hey Ya”                                     Obadiah Parker
    • Original Artist                   Outkast
  • Love Reign O’er Me                   Pearl Jam
    • Original Artist                   The Who
  • “The Ghost of Tom Joad”          Rage Against the Machine
    • Original Artist                   Bruce Springsteen
  • “Levelland”                                 Robert Earl Keen
    • Original Artist                   James McMurtry
  • I’ve Got to Know                         Son Volt
    • Original Artist                   Woody Guthrie
  • “Signs”                                         Tesla
    • Original Artist                   “Five Man Electrical Band
  • “Ruby’s Two Sad Daughters”   Pat Green
    • Original Artist                   Walt Wilkins

So, now that I have lit the candle of thought of great cover songs; let me know some of your favorites.

Great music awaits!