On September 28, Josh Ritter will head out on a fall tour with The Frames, showcasing new material from his forthcoming album for V2 Records, The Animal Years, to be released in early 2006. The fall tour features dates in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia.
Working with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine), Ritter spent the first half of this year recording at Engine Studios in Chicago and at Bear Creek Studios in Seattle. This summer, Ritter played a number of tour dates opening for Keane and My Morning Jacket and played at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts. Currently, he is touring in Australia, for the first time, with Martha Wainwright.
V2 Records recently signed Ritter and released his critically acclaimed CD Hello Starling packaged with a special EP featuring previously unreleased live songs from a recent show in Dublin. Ritter's talent as a songwriter was immediately recognized when he emerged in 2002 with the self released Golden Age Of Radio earning him a loyal following with fans and critics alike both at home and abroad. Following that release, Hello Starling was independently released on the small independent label Signature Sounds catching the attention of V2.
Throughout Europe, Ritter continues to have great success. In Ireland, he attracts a large and dedicated following. This summer, he performed at the Oxygen Festival there with Jimmy Eat World and The Doves.
Hello Starling was also nominated for the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize by Norah Jones. Ritter's song Kathleen won the 2004 Boston Music Award for Song of the Year following up his win in 2003 for Best Male Singer/Songwriter.
09/28 - Plush - Tucson, AZ 09/30 - El Rey Theater - Los Angeles, CA 10/01 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA 10/03 - Aladdin Theater - Portland, OR 10/04 - Showbox Theater - Seattle, WA 10/07 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO 10/08 - Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS 10/09 - Mississippi Nights - St. Louis, MO 10/11 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA 10/12 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC 10/14 - State Theatre - Falls Church, VA 10/15 - Theater of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA 10/16 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY 10/17 - Somerville Theater - Boston, MA 10/19 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC 10/20 - The Phoenix - Toronto, ON 10/21 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH 10/22 - Park West - Chicago, IL