Josh Ritter - Live Show Download + Tour Dates

Ritter at the Clearwater Festival in 2012.

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.

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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