JOSH RITTER DEBUTS “HEAVEN KNOWS” TODAY

CONFIRMS ADDITIONAL “A BOOK OF GOLD THROWN OPEN” SOLO TOUR DATES

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Josh Ritter’s new song “Heaven Knows” debuts today; stream/share it here: https://orcd.co/jr-heavenknows

Ritter notes, “I wrote ‘Heaven Knows’ during the Gathering sessions and have been holding on to it since. Now, with “A Book of Gold Thrown Open” shows coming up, I thought it would be fun to share it. Hope you like! Thanks for listening!”

Additionally, Ritter continues to take his lauded live show on the road this year, confirming additional “A Book of Gold Thrown Open” tour dates. The shows feature many facets of Ritter’s musicianship—ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and an acoustic guitar to the accompaniment of special guests. The new run of shows includes performances at Austin’s 04 Center, New Orleans Civic Theatre, Atlanta’s Buckhead Theatre, Oklahoma City’s Tower Theatre, Charlottesville’s Jefferson Theater and more. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 21 at joshritter.com. See below for complete tour dates.

Of the forthcoming tour, Ritter notes, “I was thinking back to some of my favorite concerts over the years, and I realized how many took place in spaces that were special in their own right. Cathedrals, synagogues, strange and storied theaters, each bring a special kind of glow to the performance. I was also feeling the urge to play some of my quieter, more narrative songs that I may not always get the chance to perform during larger rock shows. So I decided to put together a tour that would allow me to play these songs, and some new ones that I’ve been writing, in some of these beautiful spaces.”

Ritter’s latest album, Fever Breaks, was produced by Jason Isbell and features Amanda Shires along with Isbell’s band, the 400 Unit. Released to widespread acclaim, the album debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Americana/ Folk Albums Chart, #5 on Independent Albums Chart, #14 on Top Current Albums Chart and appeared on the Billboard 200. Additionally, Rolling Stone raves, “It’s classic Ritter on Muscle Shoals-bred steroids,” while the Associated Press heralds, “There have been plenty of highlights in Ritter’s nearly 20-year recording career but it’s the intensity of the music and imagery that makes Fever Breaks an especially engaging outing.” Ritter’s Tiny Desk concert featuring special guests Isbell and Shires debuted on NPR Music last year; watch/share it here: https://n.pr/2mk4dUu.

Over the course of his career Ritter has released ten full-length albums including 2017’s Gathering, which debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart and received widespread critical praise. NPR Music proclaimed, “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,” while the HuffPost furthered, “Gathering is beautiful and precise, and most of the beauty, to be certain, arises from a prolonged, often intimate contemplation of Ritter’s enormous skill set as an honest bard.” In 2015 Ritter began a close collaboration with Bob Weir and went on to write or co-write many of the 12 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). Stephen King wrote in The New York Times Book Review that Bright’s Passage “shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist.”



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A BOOK OF GOLD THROWN OPEN TOUR
*solo

March 12/// Saratoga Springs, NY/// Bethesda Episcopal Church SOLD OUT
March 13/// Boston, MA/// Sanders Theatre SOLD OUT
March 14/// Brooklyn, NY/// Murmrr Theater SOLD OUT
March 15/// Brooklyn, NY/// Murmrr Theater
March 17/// Washington, DC/// Sixth & I Synagogue SOLD OUT
March 8/// Washington, DC/// Sixth & I Synagogue SOLD OUT
March 19 /// Pittsburgh, PA /// Carnegie Lecture Hall SOLD OUT
March 20 /// Chicago, IL /// First Unitarian Church SOLD OUT
March 21 /// Grand Rapids, MI /// Fountain Street Church
March 22 /// Bloomington, IN /// Buskirk-Chumley Theater
April 19 /// San Diego, CA /// The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
April 21 /// Los Angeles, CA /// First United Church
April 22 /// San Francisco, CA /// Herbst Theatre
April 23 /// Portland, OR /// The Old Church SOLD OUT
April 24 /// Portland, OR /// The Old Church SOLD OUT
April 25 /// Seattle, WA /// St. Mark’s Cathedral SOLD OUT
April 27 /// Seattle, WA /// St. Mark’s Cathedral SOLD OUT
May 16 /// Louisville, KY /// Old Forester's Paristown Hall 
May 17 /// Pelham, TN /// The Caverns
May 19 /// Oklahoma City, OK /// Tower Theatre
May 20 /// Dallas, TX /// Kessler Park Methodist Church
May 21 /// Austin, TX /// 04 Center
May 22 /// Houston, TX /// Heights Theater
May 23 /// New Orleans, LA /// Civic Theatre
May 26 /// Atlanta, GA /// Buckhead Theatre
May 27 /// Charlotte, NC /// McGlohon Theater
May 28 /// Saxapahaw, NC /// Haw River Ballroom
May 29 /// Charlottesville, VA /// Jefferson Theater
May 30 /// York, PA /// The Capitol Theater
August 1 /// Katonah, NY /// Caramoor Festival  

ADDITIONAL JOSH RITTER DATES

February 28, 2020 /// Northampton, MA /// Back Porch Festival*
April 18, 2020 /// Boulder, CO /// Bluebird Music Festival*