Here at PopMatters, we do like to catch Josh Ritter live (there are at least five show reviews in as many years). Its easy to understand why. He conveys a certain kind of charm that most artists only dream about and he paints vivid pictures through his storified songs. This year saw the release of his album Beast in Its Tracks, which drew upon Ritter’s divorce to craft very emotional pieces. It’s a great album and “A Certain Light” is one of my favorite tracks this year, so I was excited to catch him on tour at Toad’s Place in New Haven. Distant enough from New York that it’s is a stretch to reach, Toad’s has been lacking in great artists in recent times it seems, but Ritter familiarized himself with the venue’s history and declared he was proud to play the “mythical Toad’s Place” from the stage.