Stream Josh Ritter’s New Album

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Gathering, the highly anticipated new album from acclaimed artist Josh Ritter, is now streaming exclusively via NPR Music’s “First Listen” series.

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Of the new music, NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson declares, “…it’s to Ritter’s immense credit that Gathering again brings a striking abundance of songs—vivid, messy, occasionally weighty things that add up to a grand outpouring,” and goes on to assert, “In short, Josh Ritter remains at the top of his game two decades into a highlight-strewn career. He’d be forgiven for loosening his grip, but his hand has never felt surer.”
Out September 22 via Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers, Gathering is now available for pre-order, which includes immediate downloads of “When Will I Be Changed” (featuring Bob Weir), “Thunderbolt’s Goodnight” and “Showboat.”
Of “When Will I Be Changed,” Rolling Stone asserts, “…midway between the country, gospel and soul camps, with thickly stacked harmonies that evoke the Dead’s own folk-rock classic American Beauty,” while Paste Magazine furthers, “It’s a heartfelt ballad, set to a lovely blend of acoustic fingerpicking, glowing piano chords and subtle pedal-steel accents, all in perfect sync with Ritter’s earnest tenor.” Additionally, NPR Music recently featured Ritter narrating a special self-penned essay and unveiled several of his accompanying paintings, which serve as the album’s artwork.

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Photo credit: Laura Wilson

Listen to the essay and view the paintings HERE

In support of the release, Ritter and the Royal City Band will kick off an extensive tour this fall including a debut headline performance at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on February 16 as well as a free concert tomorrow at Nashville’s Union Station Hotel as part of AmericanaFest. Tickets for the fall tour are on sale now and include a download of the forthcoming album upon release date.

The release of Gathering marks 20 years since Ritter began recording and performing music. Along with his loyal bandmates, the Royal City Band, and engineer Trina Shoemaker, Ritter returned to the Clubhouse studio in Rhinebeck, NY with more songs than he’d ever had before at one time. Re-energized after a recent collaboration with legendary artist Weir and—at the same time—tired of living in the shadow of his earlier self, Ritter felt charged with exploring the possibility of cutting himself loose from his own and others’ expectations. In his words, “I began with an exciting sense of dissatisfaction, and what emerged, as I began to find my voice, was a record full of storms. I still can’t tell what era these stories are from. They feel part roustabout, part psalm to me.”

Over the course of his acclaimed two-decade career, Ritter has released eight full-length albums including his most recent, 2015’s Sermon On The Rocks, which received widespread critical praise— The New York Times said, “The literary-minded songwriter Josh Ritter…recharges his music on his eighth studio album, Sermon On The Rocks…Harking back to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and maybe a little Mark Knopfler, Mr. Ritter has always been a slinger of serious ideas and high-flown imagery” and The Wall Street Journal furthered, “The new album’s music is airy, propulsive and more often than not, catchy.”

Most recently, in 2015, Ritter began a close collaboration with Bob Weir and went on to write or co-write many of the twelve songs on Weir’s acclaimed 2016 solo album, Blue Mountain. Pitchfork called the album, “quietly adventurous, wise, and a welcome late-career turn,” while Entertainment Weekly described it as, “a moving group of tunes worthy of any campfire.”

In addition to his work as a musician, Ritter made his debut as a published author in 2011 with his New York Times best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King wrote 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.”

The Royal City Band is Zachariah Hickman (bass, acoustic guitar, wurlitzer), Sam Kassirer (piano, organ, synthesizers, percussion), Josh Kaufman (guitar, synthesizer) and Ray Rizzo (drums, percussion).

TOUR DATES

September 15—Nashville, TN—AmericanaFest at the Union Station Hotel @ 6pm (acoustic)
October 22—Dallas, TX—Granada Theater
October 23—Birmingham, AL—Saturn
October 24—Atlanta, GA—Variety Playhouse
October 25—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle
October 27—Boston, MA—House of Blues
October 28—Portland, ME—State Theater
October 29—New York, NY—Brooklyn Steel
November 1—Pittsburgh, PA—Mr. Smalls
November 2—Washington, DC—Lincoln Theater
November 4—Northampton, MA—Calvin Theater
November 5—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer
November 7—Ithaca, NY—The Hangar Theatre
November 8—Toronto, ON —Opera House
November 9—Chicago, IL—The Vic
December 2— Berlin, DE—Passionskirche
December 3—Nijmegen, NL —Doornroosje
December 4—Amsterdam, NL—Paradiso
December 5—London, UK— O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
December 6—Belfast, UK—Mandela Hall
December 7—Dublin, IE—Vicar Street (seated show)
December 8—Dublin, IE—Vicar Street (standing show)
December 10—Limerick, IE—Dolan’s
December 11—Cork, IE—Cork Opera House
January 12—Austin, TX—ACL Live at the Moody Theater
January 13—Houston, TX—Heights Theater
January 15—Tucson, AZ—Rialto Theater
January 16—San Diego, CA—Belly Up
January 17—Los Angeles, CA—Teragram Ballroom
January 19—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
January 20—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
January 24—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom
January 25—Seattle, WA—Neptune
January 26—Spokane, WA—Knitting Factory
January 27—Boise, ID—Knitting Factory
January 29—Denver, CO—Ogden
January 30—Lawrence, KS—Liberty Hall
January 31—Minneapolis, MN—Fitzgerald Theater
February 16—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium

Nashville Beats: The Americana Honors & Award Winners

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Nashville, Tenn. – A diverse, multi-generational slate of roots music luminaries were celebrated at the 16th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards show tonight at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. They included previous Americana Lifetime Achievement honorees John Prine (Artist of the Year), Rodney Crowell (Song of the Year), and Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives (Group / Duo of the Year), each proving their continued relevance and undying vitality.

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Those veterans accepted trophies alongside artists still on the rise like Sturgill Simpson and Amanda Shires. Simpson took home Album of the Year award, for his 2016 release A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, while Shires was crowned Emerging Artist of the Year, an award Simpson walked away with as recently as 2014. Longtime Bob Dylan guitarist Charlie Sexton received his first Americana award, for Instrumentalist of the Year.

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Each year, the Honors & Awards show champions current Americana projects, celebrates legends Lifetime Achievement awards, and offers a stunning revue of unforgettable performances. Rock Hall of Famers Van Morrison and Graham Nash, famed blues guitarist Robert Cray, and country icon Marty Stuart graced the hallowed Ryman stage alongside buzzing up-and-comers the likes of Sam Outlaw, Margo Price, Amanda Shires and Aaron Lee Tasjan.

“Each year this show blows my mind. If there was an infra-red device tracking creativity, Nashville would be the brightest light on the planet,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. “I’m so grateful and truly humbled by the incredible artists and musicians who grace our stage.”

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Lifetime Achievement honors went to Morrison (Songwriter), Cray (Performance), the Hi Rhythm Section (Instrumentalist), Iris Dement (Trailblazer), Nash (Spirit of Americana/Free Speech In Music, co-presented by the First Amendment Center) and HighTone Records founders Larry Sloven and Bruce Bromberg.

Morrison, an Irish rock legend whose incalculable influence inspired nearly every American songwriter from Bruce Springsteen to Jackson Browne and beyond with classics like Astral Weeks and Moondance, performed Transformation from his new album, Roll With The Punches.

Famed songwriter and Americana “WagonMaster” Jim Lauderdale hosted the Award
show Emmylou Harris calls “the shining star of Nashville and music everywhere” for the 15th consecutive year. The Americana All-Star Band, was led by 2008 Lifetime Achievement honoree and 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, Larry Campbell, Crowell, Jim Hoke, Jerry Pentecost, Chris Wood and the incredible McCrary Sisters backing many of the night’s performers.

 
Americana Music Honors & Awards 2017 Winners and Honorees:

Album of the Year: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson, Produced by Sturgill Simpson
Artist of the Year: John Prine
Group/Duo of the Year: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Song of the Year: “It Ain’t Over Yet”, Rodney Crowell (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White), Written by Rodney Crowell

Emerging Artist of the Year: Amanda Shires

Instrumentalist of the Year: Charlie Sexton
Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Graham Nash
Lifetime Achievement Award, Trailblazer: Iris Dement
Lifetime Achievement Award, Songwriting: Van Morrison
Lifetime Achievement Award, Performance: Robert Cray
Lifetime Achievement Award, Instrumentalist: Hi Rhythm Section
Lifetime Achievement Award, Executive: Larry Sloven and Bruce Bromberg

The Honors & Awards show anchored the 18th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference that runs through Sunday, Sept. 17 in Nashville.

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Show Report: Alison Moyet Brings Her World Tour To Philadelphia

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International recording star, Alison Moyet bought her world tour to Philadelphia. Alison is out supporting her new album, Other. Other is Alison’s 9th solo release since her days with Yaz in the 1980s.

The iconic and historic theater provided the perfect venue for Alison to showcase several songs from the new record and to satisfying her devoted and passionate fans with her many hits.

The show opened with the ambient spoken-word poem April 10th bringing her to the stage to perform, I Germinate, after minor technical difficulties handed brilliantly with her famous sense of humor.

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Other explores a range of topics like middle age, diversity, the internet, and love.

For me, making a record at this age, lyrically, is a different proposition. Observation in most cases replaces emotion. The invisibility of middle/aged woman rather thrills me and instead I watch.” She explains.

All Cried Out and Love Resurrection from 1984’s Alf, her solo debut album had the crowd on their feet and Don’t Go from Yaz’s Debut Upstairs at Eric’s amped up the vibe even more.

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Her outstanding performance of This House from 1991’s Voodoo, highlighted Alison’s distinguished, bluesy contralto voice. It was bowiesque, it was exquisite.

The electronic pop sound is current and complements the beautiful nuances of her voice.

With a career spanning 35 years, her star shines even brighter.

NEW MUSIC: Parker McCollum Releases Probably Wrong Session Two

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At just 23 years old, Austin-based singer-songwriter Parker McCollum is already earning comparisons to critically acclaimed artists like Ryan Bingham and John Mayer.

McCollum recently released  EP  Probably Wrong – Session Two.  The latest installment of his upcoming full length album Probably Wrong, which is due out this November, features main track “Misunderstood,” which he performed at his main stage debut at Billy Bob’s earlier this summer.


“The songs on Probably Wrong reflect some trying times of last year. Some heartaches, some f-you’s and some realization that everything is going to be okay. The band and I are beyond ready for this new music to be out there. A lot has changed since Limestone Kid and through these new tunes, we can tell those stories,” McCollum shares.

This latest EP follows the success of his Probably Wrong – Session ONE which quickly staked its claim at the top of the iTunes Country Albums chart and Top 10 All-Genre chart upon release. It features McCollum’s current single, “I Can’t Breathe”.


Probably Wrong, produced by GRAMMY Award-winning Lloyd Maines, will come out later this year as the third and final component to the unconventional release. McCollum’s full length album will also include exclusive bonus content.

Already known by fans for his stellar performing and songwriting skills, McCollum is on tour now through the Fall in support of his new releases.

TOUR DATES

September 12 – Cheatham Street Warehouse – San Marcos, TX
September 14 – Rockin Rodeo – Denton, TX
September 15 – Graham’s – Oklahoma City, OK
September 16 – Dos Amigos – Odessa, TX
September 21 – The Tavern – Round Rock, TX
September 22 – The Biergarten – Marion, TX
September 23 – Rhymes & Vines – Stephenville, TX
September 28 – Railroad Blues – Alpine, TX
September 29 – Southern New Mexico State Fair – Las Cruces, NM
September 30 – Midnight Rodeo – San Angelo, TX
October 6 – The Cotillion Ballroom – Wichita, KS
October 7 – Levitt Pavilion – Denver, CO
October 13 – The Warehouse – Wichita Falls, TX
October 14 – Trinity Valley Fair & Rodeo – Liberty, TX

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7th Annual Haverford Music Festival

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Large crowds came out on a glorious day yesterday to attend the 7th annual Haverford Music Festival.

This family friendly and free event, (donations were encouraged) organized by the Haverford Township Civic council, hosted 30+ acts covering a wide range of musical genres on 4 stages.

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Acts included local and national acts, including “The Voice” finalist Nadjah Nicole, Beatles cover band and crowd favorites, The Weeklings and Singer-Songwriter Danielle Miraglia.

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Headlining the event was power pop maestro, Matthew Sweet who played songs from his latest release, Tomorrow, Forever along with several hits from 1991’s smash Girlfriend.

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NEW MUSIC: Greg Allman’s Southern Blood

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SOUTHERN BLOOD serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock & roll throughout the past four decades.

SOUTHERN BLOOD is Allman’s first all-new recording since 2011’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated solo landmark, LOW COUNTRY BLUES.

Produced by Don Was and recorded in Muscle Shoals where Duane Allman and the earliest seeds of the Allman Brothers Band were sown, SOUTHERN BLOOD is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s career.

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This emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn serves as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers.

The first single, My Only True Friend is exquisitely heartbreaking and moving.

Whitney Rose Announces Tour Dates and New Video

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Whitney Rose announces her Rule 62 North American tour and shares one of life’s more difficult types of lessons — the kind learned the hard way — with another track from the forthcoming full-length Rule 62. The new song, “Better to My Baby,” is a rueful take on moving on, a dose of wistful hindsight and a piece of good advice all in one. Accompanied by a video that captures a relationship in candy-coated but bittersweet rear-view style, “Better to My Baby” features co-producer Raul Malo on lead guitar and harmonies.

Rule 62, or “Don’t take yourself so damn seriously,” is Whitney Rose’s guiding philosophy.

The album is due out on Six Shooter Records via Thirty Tigers on October 6, 2017.

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Whitney Rose’s North American tour starts in Texas and ends in Nashville, after showcasing at Americana Fest on the 16th.

Walking a line between pop/rock and retro country as gracefully as anyone since Rosanne Cash and Linda Ronstadt.” —No Depression

U.S. TOUR DATES:

Sat., Sept. 16 NASHVILLE, TN AmericanaFest, Mercy Lounge

Thu., Oct. 5 AUSTIN, TX The Continental Club (CD Release)

Sat., Oct. 7 AUSTIN, TX Hill Country Galleria

Thu., Oct. 12 KANSAS CITY, MO Knuckleheads Gospel Lounge Stage

Fri., Oct. 13 DAVENPORT, IA Raccoon Motel

Sat., Oct. 14 NEWPORT, KY Southgate

Sun., Oct. 15 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Tue., Oct. 17 PITTSBURGH, PA Club Cafe

Wed., Oct. 18 TORONTO, ON Horseshoe Tavern

Tue., Oct. 24 CHARLOTTETOWN, PE Factory

Wed., Oct. 25 PARRSBORO, NS: The Hall

Thu., Oct. 26 NEWPORT, RI Parlor Bar

Fri., Oct. 27 NEW YORK CITY, NY Hill Country

Sat., Oct. 28 WASHINGTON, DC Hill Country

Mon., Oct. 30 KITCHENER, ON Centre in the Square, w/The Mavericks

Thu., Nov. 2 LONDON, ON London Music Hall, w/The Mavericks

Fri., Nov. 3 TORONTO, ON The Phoenix Concert Theatre, w/The Mavericks

Sat., Nov. 4 BELLEVILLE, ON The Empire Theatre, w/The Mavericks

Sun., Nov. 5 MONTREAL, QC L’Astral, w/The Mavericks

Tue., Nov. 7 CHARLOTTE, NC The Evening Muse

Wed., Nov. 8 ATLANTA, GA Eddie’s Attic

Fri., Nov. 10 NASHVILLE, TN The Country (early show)

Sat., Nov. 11 LITTLE ROCK, AR White Water

Fri., Nov. 17 DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX Mercer Street

Sat., Nov. 25 AUSTIN, TX The White Horse

Sat., Dec. 2 NASHVILLE, TN Basement East

Tue., Dec. 5 NASHVILLE, TN American Legion (Honky Tonk Tuesday)

 

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