Josh Ritter reveals plans for new album, tour

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Josh Ritter has announced plans for a springtime tour in support of his forthcoming album, The Beast In Its Tracks. The veteran singer-songwriter will return to Boston with his Royal City Band for a show at the House of Blues on Friday, May 17. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers The Felice Brothers, are now on sale through Live Nation for $29 and $39. For each ticket purchased, fans will received a redemption code to download the new album upon its release date, as well as an immediate download of its lead single.

The Beast In Its Tracks, Ritter’s sixth studio effort and follow-up to 2010’s So Runs The World Away, will hit stores on March 5. Lead single “Joy To You Baby”, which is streaming below, is now available to be purchased as a limited edition hand-numbered 7″ single and digital download. 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.

“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.”

Fans in Massachusetts can also see Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band perform at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on Thursday, May 9. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through the venue’s box office and website for $28.50 and $38.50. The tour will also stop at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine on May 8.

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