Josh Ritter @ L’Astral – 9th May 2019

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Josh Ritter has long made folk music a cool genre for folks who may not understand the simple nature of the genre.

Now entering their 12th year of jamming to the masses, Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon, and this month played Montreal’s L’Astral as part of their current tour.

For those unfamiliar with Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band, here’s some background.

As one of Idaho’s favorite sons, Josh Ritter began his career in 1997, and three years later, he released his self-titled debut LP. His breakthrough would come 10 years later, when his sixth LP, So Runs the World Away, hit number one of the Folk Album chart, and made it just outside the Top 40 of the Billboard 200.

His latest album, Fever Breaks, was produced by Jason Isbell alongside engineer Matt Ross-Spang at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios over the course of several sessions between August and November of 2018. The record features Ritter’s version of “Silver Blade,” which he originally wrote for Joan Baez’s 2018 album Whistle Down the Wind.

Photos – Ramy Elhoufy

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