Carly Ritter - "It Don't Come Easy" (video) (Premiere) + Tour Dates

Tex Ritter's granddaughter Carly Ritter emerges as a promising young Americana artist with her self-titled debut from Vanguard Records.

Carly Ritter grew up in a musical home with her parents large collection of rock 'n' roll records. But it's when she decided to explore her grandfather's traditional forms of country music that she truly found her voice. In college while majoring in philosophy, Ritter spent her senior year "in the basement of the music library scouring sheet music for all these old folk songs, spirituals, blues and country songs." That devotion has paid off with this fine debut. Teaming with Ry Cooder, his son and his son's wife among others, Ritter now offers up Carly Ritter.

Today we are premiering the video for the single "It Don't Come Easy", which Ritter says "speaks to the tension between wanting love and at the same time wanting freedom." Ritter adds, "I adore ‘It Don’t Come Easy,’ which Juliette wrote and asked me to add a verse. It’s a kind of sad song that speaks to some of the challenges of love. I played it recently at an open mic, and afterwards a man came up to me crying; he told me he had some kind of catharsis when he heard it. That’s one of the great things about sad songs.”


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2014-05-15 Vancouver, Canada – Media Club w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

2014-05-16 Seattle, WA – Barboza w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

2014-05-18 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

2014-05-20 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

2014-05-22 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

2014-05-23 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

2014-06-11 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive w/ Robert Francis

2014-06-16 Toronto, Canada – The Drake Hotel w/ Robert Francis

2014-06-17 Cambridge, MA – Middle East w/ Robert Francis

2014-06-18 New Haven, CT – Café Nine w/ Robert Francis

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