Josh Ritter’s New Album ‘Sermon on the Rocks’ Set For Release 10/16

Sermon on the Rocks, the new album from Josh Ritter, will be released October 16 on Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers. In advance of the release, the first single, “Getting Ready To Get Down,” premiered today at NPR Music (below)

In addition to the studio album, a deluxe version of the CD and vinyl will be made available, which will include a bonus CD of Ritter’s early Sermon on the Rocks demos and home recordings. More information regarding album and vinyl pre-sale will be announced shortly.

Produced by Ritter and Trina Shoemaker (Queens of the Stone Age, Emmylou Harris), the 12-song album was recorded over two weeks at New Orleans’ The Parlor Recording Studio and features Matt Barrick from The Walkmen on drums, Zachariah Hickman on bass, Josh Kaufman on guitar and Sam Kassirer on piano.

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Of his inspiration behind Sermon on the Rocks, Ritter comments, “I wanted to play messianic oracular honky-tonk.”

In celebration of the release Ritter and his longtime touring band, The Royal City Band, will embark on a series of special tour dates this fall. See below for complete details.

 

SERMON ON THE ROCKS TRACK LISTING 

1. Birds of the Meadow

2. Young Moses

3. Henrietta, Indiana

4. Getting Ready To Get Down

5. Seeing Me Around

6. Where The Night Goes

7. Cumberland

8. Homecoming

9. The Stone

10. A Big Enough Sky

11. Lighthouse Fire

12. My Man On A Horse Is Here

 

JOSH RITTER AND THE ROYAL CITY BAND FALL TOUR

September 2—Portsmouth, NH—Prescott Park

September 18—Nashville, TN—Americana Music Festival

September 19—Bristol, TN—Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

October 10—Boulder, CO—Macky Auditorium*

October 19—Boston, MA—The Sinclair

October 20—Portland, ME—Port City Music Hall

October 21—Northampton, MA—The Academy

October 22—Brooklyn, NY—Rough Trade

October 24—Easton, MD—Avaoln Theatre

October 25—Pittsburgh, PA—Mr. Smalls

October 26—Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre

*with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

 

(additional dates to be announced)

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