“How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions.” —The Washington Post

“The music is contagious.” –NPR Music

“The 10 Most Exciting Artists Now” —Entertainment Weekly

“100 Best Living Songwriters” —Paste Magazine

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Josh Ritter confirms solo tour dates next year where he will try out new material. These “work in progress” dates extend Ritter’s ongoing North American tour with stops in New York, Nashville, Chicago and more. See below for complete tour dates.

Ritter’s album, Sermon On The Rocks (Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers), continues to receive critical praise, about which The New York Times proclaims, “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,” while The Wall Street Journal adds, “The new album’s music is airy, propulsive and more often than not, catchy.”

Produced by Ritter and Trina Shoemaker (Queens of the Stone Age, Emmylou Harris), Sermon On The Rocks 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, 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 his 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.”

For more information, please contact Mary Moyer 212.741.1000, Asha Goodman 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.


BOLD—sold out

January 18 /// Nashville, TN /// City Winery
January 19 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Mercantile Library
January 20 /// Louisville, KY /// KCD Theatre
January 21 /// Louisville, KY /// KCD Theatre
January 22 /// Chicago, IL /// City Winery
January 23 /// Chicago, IL /// City Winery
February 2 /// New York, NY /// City Winery
February 3 /// New York, NY /// City Winery
February 4 /// New York, NY /// City Winery

February 10 /// Charlotte, NC /// McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square (rescheduled from Dec 2)
February 11 /// Richmond, VA /// Jepson Theatre (rescheduled from Dec 3)