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[REVIEW] Dreaming with Josh Ritter at The Ryman in Nashville

Photo by Jason Gonulsen Written by Jason Gonulsen Ever since Josh Ritter picked up a guitar in Moscow, Idaho, he dreamed about playing the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. I only know this because he told us exactly that, early on in his debut performance at the legendary venue this past Friday. And midway through … Read more

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Open Highway Music Festival: An Interview With Founder John Henry

Open Highway Music Festival is back for its 6th year, running from Wednesday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 6th at Off Broadway in St. Louis. This year’s festival features three nights inside Off Broadway, and two nights outside the venue. And it also features some big names. Josh Ritter, who hasn’t performed inside Off Broadway … Read more

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[PHOTOS] Josh Ritter at The Pageant in St. Louis

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN Josh Ritter made his headlining debut at The Pageant in St. Louis on Friday. Although during the show he thought back to the day 10 years ago when he performed an opening set. “(After the show) I remember sitting up there (in the balcony),” Ritter said. “And it felt like … Read more

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10 Questions With Josh Ritter

Photo by Laura Wilson And give your love freely to whoever that you please Don’t let nobody tell you ’bout who you oughta be And when you get damned in the popular opinion It’s just another damn of the damns you’re not giving It’s that time again: Josh Ritter returns to St. Louis on Friday, … Read more

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The 50 Best Albums of 2013

Ladies and Gentleman, we pulled a Bud Selig. We have a tie. You’re just gonna have to listen to both of our #1’s very carefully and break it yourself. In any case, here are The 50 Best Albums of 2013 . . . according to us (with convenient links to stream, because we love you). … Read more

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The 150 Best Songs of 2013

Well, another trip around the sun. And here we are. Again, we haven’t listened to every release. We haven’t listened to every genre. And we know many of you are probably tired of lists. But, like we mentioned last year, this is all about discovery. And again like last year, with discovery being the reason … Read more

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Interview | Jillette Johnson: “The lyrics that stay in my songs are the ones that come from an uncensored, unfiltered place.”

Jillette Johnson is 24, but her songs sound much older. They travel in and out of relationships, like they’ve spent time in the deepest of ditches. Their characters have been abused, yes; but they always fight back, searching for a true identity. Johnson’s voice is sometimes sweet, but don’t let that fool you into thinking … Read more

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Album Review | Josh Ritter – The Beast In Its Tracks

Photo by Agatha Donkar (If this seems familiar, it first appeared on my personal blog on 3/4/13.) I am in awe of Josh Ritter; I have been for many years, because he’s the most literate songwriter working today, and he’s funny and awkward and genius, and he’s probably sincerely a complete charming weirdo, and he … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Josh Ritter – Hopeful

Photo by Laura Wilson I met someone new now I know I deserved I never met someone who loves the world more than her Josh Ritter’s upcoming The Beast In Its Tracks is a unique breakup album, a Blood On The Tracks without an “Idiot Wind.” Not that it lacks anger — Ritter takes his … Read more

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Listen | Josh Ritter – New Lover

Photo by Laura Wilson Perhaps the fault was mine Perhaps I just ignored Who you were always gonna be Instead of who I took you for As if it’s any of our business, Josh Ritter’s broken heart will be on full display throughout his new album, The Beast In Its Tracks (due March 5th).  In … Read more

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Our Most Anticipated Albums of 2013 (Quarter 1)

New year, new music. And it’s coming, fast. Can you feel your pulse racing? All those albums that are about to impact your life. Because you know they will; they always do. 2013 will be no different. Here’s what our eyes and ears are on. January 8th Wooden Wand, Blood Oaths of the New Blues … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Josh Ritter – Joy To You Baby

Album art courtesy of the artist joy to the city joy to the streets joy to you, baby wherever you sleep tonight This week brought us the news that Josh Ritter will release a new LP, The Beast In Its Tracks, in March 2013, and it brought us the first single from that album, “Joy … Read more

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Video | Josh Ritter – Love Is Making Its Way Back Home

Just because it’s gone don’t mean it’s gone for long Josh Ritter, an American treasure when it comes to songwriting, released his new EP, Bringing in the Darlings, today. The six new songs were recorded and mixed in three days this winter in a Brooklyn studio, and they are further proof that Ritter has trouble … Read more

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MP3 | Josh Ritter – Wolves (Acoustic Version)

Photo Credit: Brian Stowell The Animal Years is Josh Ritter’s best album. I hear that all the time. I believe it, too. Actually, many people have told me how this album has changed their life. Just have a listen to “Girl in the War,” “Thin Blue Flame,” “Here at the Right Time,” or today’s free … Read more

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The Best Albums of 2010 | Part Four

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Well, this wraps it up, folks. If you want to see the entire list of Best Albums of 2010 (all fifty of ’em), click thisaway. Thanks very much for playing. Dom | Sun Bronzed Greek Gods (Burning Mill) [buy] Dom’s Sun Bronzed Greek Gods is built like a rock-solid soundtrack for a … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Josh Ritter – Lantern

When I think of Josh Ritter’s greatest songs, “Snow is Gone,” “Girl in the War,” and “Thin Blue Flame” immediately come to mind. I have no problem adding, “Lantern” off his latest album, So Runs the World Away, to that list. “Lantern” is one of those songs that doesn’t need a minute to warm up; … Read more