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Josh Ritter slates new CD for May

Monday, February 8, 2010 – "So Runs The World Away" is the name of the upcoming CD from rootsy singer Josh Ritter,. The disc drops May 4 on Pytheas Recordings. This is the fifth full-length recording from Ritter, who has and first for the label after being on Sony.

Recorded over 15 months at the Great North Sound Society in Maine, with additional recording at Brooklyn's Saltlands Studio, the CD continues Ritter's longtime collaboration with producer and keyboard player Sam Kassirer. Touring bandmates Zack Hickman, Austin Nevins and Liam Hurley also play on the CD.

"I think of the songs on 'So Runs the World Awa'y like pictures painted in oil on large canvasses," said Ritter. "It's a record preoccupied with the extremes of scale, from infinitesimal particles to the nearly incomprehensible distances between the head of a pin and a nebula. Where the songs felt large to me, I wanted them to be huge, both musically and lyrically. I wanted them to feel like the steel hulls of massive ships sliding by deeply from below. Where they were small, I concentrated in on the smallest details that I could and we tried to make the music and the words work together. I love writing, and this was the most fulfilling record I've yet written."

A national full-band tour is planned is support of the record, including two dates at New York's Town Hall on May 19 and 20.

Tour dates are:

May 7 Philadelphia, Theater of Living Arts

May 8 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

May 10 Baltimore Ram's Head Live

May 11 Durham, NC Carolina Theater

May 15 Chicago, Vic Theatre

May 19-20 New York Town Hall

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