94.9 FM The River presents Josh Ritter live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. This is Ritter’s only show in town in celebration of his new album Sermon on the Rocks (out Oct. 16), and fans will have the opportunity to purchase the album (CD or LP) before its official release date! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.
VIP wristbands guaranteeing admission to the in-store will be available Wednesday, Aug. 5 with preorder of Sermon on the Rocks, available in four versions:
– Standard CD
– Limited edition deluxe CD (with bonus CD of demo/home recordings)
– Standard vinyl (with download card)
– Limited edition deluxe vinyl (with blue colored vinyl, bonus CD of demo/home recordings and download card)
1. Birds of the Meadow (3:14)
2. Young Moses (4:09)
3. Henrietta, Indiana (3:44)
4. Getting Ready To Get Down (3:16)
5. Seeing Me Round (4:58)
6. Where The Night Goes (3:50)
7. Cumberland (2:17)
8. Homecoming (5:31)
9. The Stone (3:55)
10. A Big Enough Sky (2:48)
11. Lighthouse Fire (3:12)
12. My Man On A Horse (Is Here) (3:49)
ABOUT JOSH RITTER AND ‘SERMON ON THE ROCKS’
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 last month at NPR Music.
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.”
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.”