Josh Ritter / National Concert Hall, Dublin / Tickets & info
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27TH JULY 2019
National Concert Hall, Dublin
Tickets Priced €38.00
Acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Josh Ritter’s highly anticipated new album Fever Breaks.
Feverbreaks —is out now via Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers —premiered via NPR Music’s First Listen, who proclaim, “Throughout Fever Breaks, Josh Ritter tweaks and further reinvigorates a sound and songwriting approach that’s lost none of its vitality or urgency in 20 years. He remains a hydrant of ideas while embodying an endless capacity for empathy and indignation, often within a single song.”
feverbreaks”>Produced by Grammy Award-winning musician Jason Isbell, the 10-track album was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A and features Isbell’s band, the 400 Unit.
The new music is receiving early critial prasie—Rolling Stone says, “The new record, cut at Nashville’s Sound Emporium studios, continues Ritter’s exploration of Americana, blending gentle country twang and potent Muscle Shoals-influenced production with the singer-songwriter’s contemplative lyrics, which range from thorny and political to refreshingly hopeful,” while Paste adds, “His wizened introspective lyrics paired with the strong southern rock of the 400 Unit is a match made in heaven—er, Nashville.”
Recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A with additional recording and mixing at Sound Emporium, the record was engineered by Matt Ross-Spang and features contributions from Isbell (guitar and vocals) and his band the 400 Unit, which includes Derry Deborja (piano, organ and Hohner accordion), Chad Gamble (drums and percussion), Jimbo Hart (fender electric, ukulele and upright bass), Sadler Vaden (electric guitar, acoustic guitar and 12 string acoustic guitar) and Amanda Shires (violin and vocals).
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 proclaims, “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 adds, “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 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.”