An American singer-songwriter with a strong voice, a keen wit, and an evocative way with words, Josh Ritter has built a loyal following as one of the leading lights on the contemporary folk scene and he sets out with The Royal City Band on an extensive U.S. tour this year in support of his latest release, his eighth studio album, Sermon On The Rocks.
Released to widespread critical praise, Sermon On The Rocks was named one of PopMatters’ “80 Best Albums of 2015” with NPR Music including his song “Getting Ready To Get Down” in their “Favorite Songs Of 2015” list, and Paste Magazine naming “Birds of the Meadow” in their “50 Best Songs of 2015” list.
The New York Times asserts, “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, Josh Ritter has always been a slinger of serious ideas and high-flown imagery,” while The Wall Street Journal declares, “The new album’s music is airy, propulsive and more often than not, catchy.”
Josh Ritter also recently released the official music video for his new song “Homecoming,” which features thousands of hometown images submitted directly to the artist by his fans. Of the video, The Huffington Post raves, “‘Homecoming’ moves from a solo piano setting a butterscotch tone, to the voice of a young man backed by a band chugging in the background; to an acoustic middle eight and back to the glorious rhythm…It’s seamless, sweet, and real.”