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Josh Ritter Biography


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Born: 1976/10/21
Birth Place: Moscow, Idaho, United States
Years Active: 1997 - Present
Genres: Folk, Alternative Country, Rock


Josh Ritter was born on October 21, 1976 and was raised in Moscow, Idaho. He is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and author. In 2006, Ritter was named one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters” by Paste magazine. Ritter was interested in music as a child, but his passion was ignited as a teenager when he heard Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan singing, “Girl from the North Country.” Ritter went out and brought his first guitar and began to write lyrics from that moment. Ritter released his self-titled debut, “Josh Ritter” while still in college, at the tender age of twenty one. When Ritter graduated he spent a few years traveling around the globe, moving to Scotland for a while and settling in Massachusetts. Ritter began to perform locally in and around Boston, where he was spotted by Glen Hansard of The Frames. Hansard invited Ritter to record in Ireland with the band.

Ritter independently released his second offering, “Golden Age of Radio,” which began to gather fans by word-of-mouth success, in conjunction with opening up for The Frames. Ritter's third album, “Hello Starling,” peaked at #2 on the Irish Album Charts. Ritter spent the next few years collaborating with other artists and working the festival circuits so that he could expose his music to a wider audience. 2005 saw Ritter sign to V2 Records, who re-released “Hello Starling.” A year later marked the appearance of “The Animal Years” (2006), followed quickly by his fifth offering, “The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter” (2007). Both albums met with positive responses from the press and a led to an increase in Ritter's fan base.

Ritter's sixth album, “So Runs the World Away,” was released in 2010. In support of the new album, Ritter toured Europe and the U.S with his new band, The Royal City Band. Ritter followed up in 2011 with his third live album, “Live at The Iveagh Gardens.”