Josh Ritter - Live Show Download + Tour Dates

by Sachyn Mital

13 August 2013

Josh Ritter wraps up his Summer tour this week, including a show at the esteemed Toad's Place, before heading out again for Fall acoustic shows.
Ritter at the Clearwater Festival in 2012. 

Earlier this year, when PopMatters spoke with Josh Ritter, we noted that the “more plain-spoken lyrics and stripped-down musical arrangements” from his new album Beast In Its Tracks are “winning Ritter new fans”.

So if you haven’t heard him before, get a taste via this legal download of a live show recording from earlier this year. You can listen to and download a recording from Hamilton College at Once you do, you’ll probably want to see Ritter right away, so we’ve helpfully posted his remaining Summer tour dates, plus his stretch of acoustic shows in the Fall, below. If a whole download isn’t appealing and you only have time for one song, I highly recommend “A Certain Light”—a video with a live rendition and the song’s lyrics are posted below.

Head over to Ritter’s official site and check out more videos, photos and lyrics, (as well as buy tickets for shows) many of which are close to selling out. Check back in the near future as we may have photos from one of those upcoming dates (namely the one in New Haven with the Low Anthem).

08/13/13 Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
08/14/13 Hailey, ID - Sun Valley Center for the Arts
08/15/13 Boise, ID - Egyptian Theatre
08/17/13 Lowell, MA - Boarding House Park
08/18/13 New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
08/19/13 Lenox, MA - Tanglewood Performing Arts Center
09/26/13 Troy, NY - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
09/27/13 Lewisburg, PA - Bucknell University
09/28/13 Gettysburg, PA - Majestic Theater Perf. Arts
10/27/13 Pocklington, United Kingdom - Pocklington Arts Centre
10/28/13 Manchester, United Kingdom - Royal Northern College Of Music
10/29/13 Glasgow, United Kingdom - Old Fruitmarket
10/30/13 Bristol, United Kingdom - St. George’s Bristol
11/01/13 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
11/02/13 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli Oudegracht
11/03/13 Groningen, Netherlands - Stadsschouwburg
11/04/13 Breda, Netherlands - Mezz
11/05/13 Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie
11/07/13 Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick’s
11/08/13 Barcelona, Spain - La [2] de Apolo
11/10/13 London, United Kingdom - Barbican Hall

“A Certain Light” Lyrics
Sam Kassirer – keyboards
Josh Kaufman – guitar
Josh Ritter – guitar, vocals

My new lover, sweet and kind
The kind of lover that one rarely finds
And I’m happy for the first time in a long time.

Came along and opened up a door
And though I know I’ve been in love before
Oh I feel it so much more than the last time

And she only looks like you
In a certain kind of light
When she holds her head just right…

It’s been winter for awhile
The north wind’s wail cut like a baby child’s
It was hard to think her smile would bring the springtime

But it did and now it is
The green, green grass has grown up green and it’s
feeling just the way it did the very first time

And she only looks like you
In a certain kind of light
When she holds her head just right…

And anymore would stretch the rhyme
So, let me leave this where I started
I’m just happy for the first time in a long time
In a long time.

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