Josh Ritter maps return to Massachusetts

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After performing at Boston’s House of Blues last week, Josh Ritter has announced plans for a return visit to Massachusetts this summer. As part of the Lowell Summer Music Series, he’ll perform at Boarding House Park in downtown Lowell on Saturday, August 17. Tickets for the show are now on sale through the venue’s website for $29.

Ritter will be touring in support of his brand new album, The Beast In Its Tracks. Released last month, the singer-songwriter’s sixth studio effort and follow-up to 2010’s So Runs The World Away, debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart. Recorded during 2011 and 2012 at the Great North Sound Society in Parsonsfield, Maine, The Beast In Its Tracks continues Ritter’s longtime collaboration with producer and keyboard player Sam Kassirer. Lead single “Joy To You Baby” is streaming below.

“In the year after my marriage ended, I realized that I had more new songs than I’d ever had at one time,” explained Ritter in a press release. “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.

“I hadn’t composed this stuff, I’d scrawled it down, just trying to keep ahead of the heartbreak. 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.”

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