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Josh Ritter at Brooklyn Steel (October 29, 2017)

By Will Oliver, December 3rd 2017 — with 1 comment

The ever-reliable Josh Ritter returned this year with new album Gathering, which was released on September 22 via Pytheas Recordings.

It’s another solid entry to his catalog and he brought his tour in support of it to New York on October 29 for a performance at Brooklyn Steel. Opening the show was Philadelphia folk rockers Good Old War, who
sounded great.
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Josh Ritter at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! (July 8, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 2nd 2016 — with 1 comment


On July 8, Idaho folk-singer Josh Ritter returned to New York for a free BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! performance at Prospect Park. It was a rainy day, but overall the weather held out nicely for a lovely night of folk music from the always smiling Ritter, along with local opener Martha Redbone, as well as Chicago/Montreal group Birds Of Chicago.

Find Josh Ritter’s setlist posted below, along with a photo gallery of all of the performers.
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[New] Josh Ritter – Change Of Time

By Will Oliver, February 9th 2010

Ah, new Josh Ritter has graced us. I couldn’t be happier to hear new music from my boy, Josh!! I didn’t even notice that Josh had a new song out until I read it over at Some Velvet Blog. He is undoubtedly the most underrated musician in the world right now. Album after album, song after song, Josh has been putting out amazing music that deserves to be noticed on a much bigger scale. Get the word out guys!!!

His new album is called So Runs The World Away, and it is due out on May 4th. He gave us “Change Of Time”, a song from the album, for free download and it is amazing. It has all the makings of a fantastic Josh Ritter song, great lyrics, comforting strumming of an acoustic guitar, and a fitting background full of backing female vocals at the end. Josh Ritter does folk rock justice again!

Josh posted the following message to his fans on his website about the new album:

Hello All!

“So Runs the World Away” took me over a year to make.
I’m proud of the fact that I’ve never recorded a song for a record that
I didn’t believe in absolutely and that didn’t feel, in its writing, recording, and performance,
like a moment of real inspiration. I love the songs on this record so much, and my thanks
go to my incredible and talented band, my family, and my family of listeners
wherever they may be in this fast-spinning world.

All my very best, and see you soon!

Download the song with the link below, or just hit play

[mp3] : Josh Ritter – Change Of Time

Josh’s show at Town Hall on May 20th sold out, so good for Josh! He added another show on May 19th, which will go on sale Friday at noon. Buy the tickets here. I think I am going to try and scrimp some money together and get to one of his shows. I would really love to see this fella live! I feel like it would be a magical show. I posted his tour dates below. He will be backed by the Royal City Band.

May 7 Philadelphia, PA Theater of Living Arts
May 8 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
May 10 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
May 11 Durham, NC Carolina Theater
May 15 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
May 19 & 20 New York, NY Town Hall

Josh Ritter – Thin Blue Flame

By Will Oliver, December 3rd 2009 — with 12 comments

I’m writing this post at 6:35 AM, and I cannot sleep. I am pretty much fucking myself over for my long day today. I got a test too, but I am not too worried about it.

While divulging in insomniac activities like checking how my blog’s traffic ranks among the world, and reading various other music blogs I was stumbling upon the fact that there are so many out there, that it is impossible to keep up with all of them. I never realized how there is such an abundance of blogs out there, mostly posting the same stuff too. It seems like everyone has a music blog now, posting thousands of posts, with just mp3s. This makes me wonder if anyone actually reads what I type. Does my traffic consist of mp3 hunters or avid music listeners who are willing to listen to a 19 year kid voicing his opinion on modern music. I guess most people are just looking for the mp3. Hmm…I am ranting again, sorry.

I have looked through my itunes for some of the decades finer tunes and I just stumbled across a clear cut. It is Josh Ritters masterpiece “Thin Blue Flame”. It is a 9 minute epic country/Americana song that is probably overlooked by 98% of music fans out there. This song is made up of everything that is right in music. Every single minute of “Thin Blue Flame” is used to compose beautiful sounds. This song, builds, and builds, to an undeniably beautiful climax. I could go on and on about why I love this song, but I will let Josh Ritter do the talking. This has to be one of my favorite songs of the entire decade.

[mp3] : Josh Ritter – Thin Blue Flame

I have all of Josh Ritter’s albums, yet I seem to stick to the same few songs. I really need to concentrate on his albums more, because they consist of some of the finest songs of this decade. I think that Josh Ritter may truly be one of the most overlooked artists in music, period! “Thin Blue Flame” is off of the 2006 album The Animal Years. Buy it here.

Philadelphia trio Good Old War (who we saw open for Josh Ritter last October) will return with their new EP Part Of You on February 16 via Nettwerk Records.

They’ve released the charming single “That Feeling,” an easy-going and feel good folk offering that features vocals from Anthony Green. The track gives off nice warm vibes, which is certainly welcome, given that it’s absolutely freezing outside right about now.

Find a stream of “That Feeling” posted below.
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Introducing: Horsecollar

By Will Oliver, April 11th 2011 — with 1 comment

I’ve just received an e-mail from an artist named Horsecollar. He has two songs on his bandcamp page: “Christopher” & “The Thrill of Never Being Satisfied”. As far as I know, these are the first songs that he has released. Either way, these are incredible alt-folk songs that have me astonished.

Update: These songs are a part of a future album that Horsecollar will release, titled, You’ve Got a Big Heart Sweet Tiger.

“Christopher” has the home bred loneliness off early Josh Ritter. A warm vintage blanket wraps his every word. It’s powerful and mysterious at the same time. “The Thrill of Never Being Satisfied” chugs through a big glass of melancholy, placing you into his everyday-man mindset.

The music is sad, yet welcoming. It’s easy to connect with. It’s an open door that you don’t mind walking in to, because you’re always welcome in.

[mp3]: Horsecollar – Christopher
[mp3]: Horsecollar – The Thrill of Never Being Satisfied

The Head and The Heart

By Will Oliver, September 9th 2010

Seattle’s The Head and The Heart are a local favorite in the rainy city. They hand craft high quality music that’s engaging. It hits home. It tugs those heart strings. It seems familiar, because it’s lyrics are emotional and heartfelt.

They’ve garnered praise for their self titled debut album, and it’s for good reason. Yet that’s not good enough for me. The Head and The Heart should be getting more widespread acclaim. Their music hits home, and that my friend, is what music is all about.

Below, you can grab two songs from the album that were approved to share from the band. You’ll hear traces of folk rock storytellers such as Josh Ritter. There is plenty to appreciate in their songs, and I think you guys will be floored by these guys. If your not hit hard by the sudden shift in “Sounds Like Hallelujah”, then you gotta check your soul.

They say there’s plenty of beauty in this world, and with songs like “Sounds Like Hallelujah”, I’m starting believe it.

[mp3]: The Head and The Heart – Sounds Like Hallelujah
[mp3]: The Head and The Heart – Down In The Valley

You can buy the album right now at CD Baby.

Introducing: Our Orthodox

By Will Oliver, June 23rd 2010

Our Orthodox is the project of 26 year old Pacific Northwest born (L.A. native for 3 years), Neal Harris. He just released his first album, which is a self titled effort. It’s really easy to try and compare Neal to other artists. The obvious choice is Okkervil River. Then you can go from Neutral Milk Hotel, Josh Ritter, Conor Oberst, and Drive-By Truckers. No matter how you look at it, these are all great artists to garner comparisons to. I think fans of all of those artists would adore the magic coming out of Mr. Harris. The irony in the Okkervil River comparisons is that William Schaff who has designed Okkervil River albums in the past, was responsible for Our Orthodox’s album artwork. Go figure!

Our Orthodox brings real music back to the table. Neal’s lyrical content is the meat and bones of his songs, creating imagery that will sting the mind. He gets to the point, and it’s ultimately very effective.

The album is only 7 songs long, and it plays as a perfect introduction to this young mans career. I am very impressed with this little debut, and I don’t see why you won’t like it either. This is music in its purest form. Whats there not to love?

I want to personally share with you two songs from the album: “O Brother” & “My Records”:

[mp3]: Our Orthodox – O Brother
[mp3]: Our Orthodox – My Records

You can stream the entire album at his site, and its only $5 if you like it enough to buy it.

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