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Ritter slates winter acoustic gigs

Monday, October 7, 2013 – Josh Ritter will embark on an acoustic tour in January with special guest opener Gregory Alan Isakov.

The shows will feature Ritter performing stripped-down alongside band-mates Zack Hickman and Josh Kaufman.

Ritter recently release a video of A Certain Light with the trio from "The Beast In Its Tracks," his latest disc.

"In the year after my marriage ended, I realized that I had more new songs than I'd ever had at one time," he said. "Far from the grand, sweeping feel of the songs on 'So Runs the World Away,' these new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness."

Recorded during 2011-2012 at the Great North Sound Society in Parsonsfield, Maine, the album continues Ritter's longtime collaboration with producer and keyboard player Sam Kassirer.

"I hadn't composed this stuff, I'd scrawled it down, just trying to keep ahead of the heartbreak," he said. "They needed to be recorded like that. We needed to work fast, make decisions quickly, keep the songs as spare as they could be kept, and above all never allow ourselves to blunt the sharp edges. Some of the songs were mean or evil. So be it."

Tour dates are:
Jan. 16 Lafayette, LA Acadiana Center For The Arts
Jan. 17 Dallas, TX The Kessler Theater
Jan. 18 Austin, TX Moody Theater at ACL Live
Jan. 20 Phoenix, AZ Musical Instrument Museum
Jan. 21 Los Angeles, CA Wilshire Ebell
Jan. 23 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Jan. 25 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
Jan. 26 Seattle, WA Neptune
Jan. 28 Nelson, BC Capitol Theatre
Jan. 29 Calgary, BC Knox United Church
Jan. 30 Banff, AB Banff Centre
Jan. 31 St. Albert, AB Arden Theatre
Feb. 1 St. Albert, AB Arden Theatre
Feb. 3 Saint Paul, MN Fitzgerald Theater
Feb. 4 Iowa City, IA The Englert Theatre
Feb. 5 Stoughton, WI Stoughton Opera House
Feb. 21 Chicago, IL Fourth Presbyterian Church
Feb. 22 Bloomington, IN Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Feb. 23 Saint Louis, MO Sheldon Concert Hall
Feb. 24 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
Feb. 25 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
Feb. 27 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
Feb. 28 Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre
March 4 Lebanon, NH Lebanon Opera House
March 5 Somerville, MA Somerville Theater
March 7 New York, NY Town Hall

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