Photo by Laura Wilson/Courtesy of Josh Ritter
Band: Josh Ritter
Date: Thursday, March 7, with doors at 7 p.m.
Venue: Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, 5751 USA S. Drive (Mobile), 251-460-6306
The University of South Alabama’s Independent Music Collective is collaborating with the Stokes Center for Creative Writing for a March 7 “songwriter keynote” featuring singer-songwriter/novelist Josh Ritter.
Ritter’s versatile career has earned him respect in both the music and literary worlds. This performance will combine his talents for aural as well as literary composition with a live musical performance followed by a reading and short Q&A session.
Ritter released his self-titled debut album 20 years ago, with 13 tracks employing classic folk templates and clever lyrical work, and a vocal style somewhere between classic Bob Dylan and Robert Earl Keen. Nine albums followed, as well as the New York Times bestseller “Bright Passage,” which author Stephen King said “shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime.”
Ritter will sample tracks from his upcoming album “Fever Breaks,” produced by superstar Jason Isbell. “Old Black Magic,” the album’s first single, showcases Ritter’s musical evolution. With his trademark vocals intact, Ritter has merged alt. country and rock, with results that create anticipation for the complete album.
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