THE BEAST IN ITS TRACKS
Tickets onsale below:
Big Top, Limerick – Thursday 18th July 2013
Iveagh Gardens, Dublin – Friday 19th July 2013
Galway Arts Festival – Saturday 20th July 2013
An Grianan, Letterkenny– Sunday 21st July 2013
Ticket purchasers get a free download of Josh at The Iveagh Gardens 2010
We are very proud to announce Josh Ritter’s first Irish dates of 2013 in two very special parts of Ireland that Josh has a very long relationship with.
The Beast In Its Tracks, the new album from renowned Moscow, Idaho born singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, will be released March 1st on Yep Roc in Ireland. Ritter has a long established relationship with Irish audiences having spent early parts of his career touring the country and as his popularity increased, becoming a regular at larger venues, Big Tops and Festivals.
Of the new record, Ritter says, “In the year after my marriage ended, I realized that I had more new songs than I’d ever had at one time. Far from the grand, sweeping feel of the songs on So Runs the World Away, these new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness.”
See insert in advance CD booklet for complete artist notes.
This is the sixth full-length recording from Ritter, who has been widely heralded by critics and fans alike for the albums The Golden Age Of Radio, Hello Starling, The Animal Years, The Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter and 2010’s So Runs The World Away. As a special preview of The Beast In Its Tracks, a trailer of the album can be viewed here. Additionally, the record can be pre-ordered at joshritter.com and iTunes and the first single, “Joy To You Baby,” is now available to be purchased as a limited edition hand-numbered 7” single and digital download.
Ritter & The Royal City Band will celebrate the release of The Beast In Its Tracks with a North American tour set to kick off in Dallas on March 13; they return to Ireland for shows in July continuing Ritter’s tradition of journeying into the heartland where he has seemingly built up loyal followings in every corner.
The Beast In Its Tracks will also be available in a deluxe edition vinyl package and CD format.
Recorded during 2011-2012 at the Great North Sound Society in Parsonsfield, Maine, The Beast In Its Tracks continues Ritter’s longtime collaboration with producer and keyboard player Sam Kassirer. As Josh describes, “I hadn’t composed this stuff, I’d scrawled it down, just trying to keep ahead of the heartbreak. They needed to be recorded like that. We needed to work fast, make decisions quickly, keep the songs as spare as they could be kept, and above all never allow ourselves to blunt the sharp edges. Some of the songs were mean or evil. So be it.”
The new album follows Ritter’s 2010 release, So Runs The World Away, of which Bob Boilen from NPR Music declared, “I’ve come to expect good records from him…but this one took my breath away,” while the Boston Globe praised, “quite sensational…marks the finest music he has made.”
In 2011, Ritter made is 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.”
The Album is preceded by an immediate download of the album’s first single, ‘Joy To You Baby’ Available on iTunes now.
JOSH RITTER, THE BEAST IN ITS TRACKS
1. Third Arm
2. Evil Eye
3. A Certain Light
6. New Lover
7. Heart’s Ease
8. In Your Arms Again
9. The Appleblossom Rag
11. In Your Arms Awhile
12. Joy To You Baby
“How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions.”—The Washington Post
“The 10 Most Exciting Artists Now”—Entertainment Weekly
“100 Best Living Songwriters”—Paste Magazine