Josh Ritter is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter known for his unique narrative style and his seamless use of metaphor. This summer, Ritter comes to our Gardens on the heels of his latest album, Sermon on the Rocks. Recently released to widespread praise, Ritter takes his distinctive style and adds some rock and roll to create a one of a kind album. Ritter makes us all ask the question: are we "Getting Ready to Get Down"?
Tonight's performance will be opened by Wesley Stace.
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More About Josh Ritter
Josh Ritter has set out on an extensive US headlining tour in 2016-2017 in support of his latest album Sermon On The Rocks (out now via Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers). Joined by The Royal City Band, this run of dates will include performances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, and more.
Ritter recently released the official music video for his new song "Homecoming," which features thousands of hometown images submitted directly to Ritter 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 backround; to an acoustic middle eight and back to the glorious rhythm ... it's seamless, sweet, and real."
Released to widespread critical praise, Sermon On The Rocks was recently 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 to his eighth studio album, Sermon on the Rocks. ... Harking back to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and maybe a little Mark Knopfler, Mr. 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 aire, propulsive and more often than not, catchy." NPR Music's Stephen Thompson raves, "it's an approach that brings out some of Ritter's slipperiest, nimblest wordplay ... and a few genuine head-turners. Not many singers could pull off a whopper like, 'If you wanna see a miracle, watch me get down,' but when Ritter gets there near the end of 'Getting Ready To Get Down,' it lands like a grand punchline."
More about Wesley Stace
Wesley Stace was born in Hastings, Sussex, in 1965, and educated at the King’s School, Canterbury, and Jesus College, Cambridge. He released 17 albums under the name John Wesley Harding. His most recent album, Self-Titled, for which he returned to his given name, was released by Yep Roc in 2013.
Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders, his variety show based at City Winery in NYC, continues to sell out. Since the Cabinet’s inception in 2009, the show has become a virtual who’s who of contemporary performers, writers, and comedians. It’s “one of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer” (New Yorker) and “one of the most whip-smart variety shows on the market” (Portland Tribune). The show is ongoing and currently booking for 2016.
Stace has been joined onstage by Lou Reed, Rosanne Cash, Iggy Pop, John Prine, and Bruce Springsteen, among many others. He appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His songs have featured in films (including High Fidelity) and TV (Transparent) and have been covered by many other artists.
*Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive access to the Member Pre-sale and $5 off regular Summer Performance Series ticket prices. Additionally, if your current Membership was active prior to August 1, 2016, you are eligible. If you are eligible, you have received a discount code via direct mail or email for Longwood Gardens.