Events

Josh Ritter Features on Revival Themed 'Live From Here'

Photos: Sachyn Mital

A recent Live From Here with Chris Thile included guests Gaby Moreno, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Josh Ritter, and some current names on Broadway.

Fever Breaks
Josh Ritter

V2 Records Benelux

26 April 2019

Early in the show, when Chris Thile remarked that he had asked Josh Ritter if Ritter had any songs about revival, the first song that crossed my mind was "The Curse" which intertwines two characters in a tale of rejuvenation and aging. But Ritter responded to Thile, "No I don't, but I write fast." Within a few hours, Ritter sent Thile the lyrics to what would become a collaborative "song of the week". With a backing band that included Gaby Moreno, Thile, who added the instrumentation, performed the gorgeous "Given Time".

That song is in the recording of the Passover / Easter / Earth Day / 420 holiday weekend 'Live from Here' broadcast. I was surprised and excited to hear new Ritter material (even if not entirely his), so close to the release of his forthcoming record Fever Breaks (currently on NPR's First Listen). When Ritter performed himself, he tackled two songs from the new, Jason Isbell produced record with Thile and the house band, "All Some Kind of Dream" and, my current favorite, "I Still Love You (Now and Then)". Fortunately, he had one more -- Ritter saved "The Curse" for his final song.

Other guests on the show included Cécile McLorin Salvant, who possesses an eye-opening voice, and two last minute additions from Broadway shows around the corner. Jeff Daniels excerpted from a courtroom monologue as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird while Rebecca Naomi Jones and Damon Daunno of Oklahoma! performed "People Will Say We're in Love" from the current hit Broadway revival. Live From Here proved yet again to be a vibrant platform for performances in New York. While I anticipate attending a future broadcast, I currently am looking forward to virtuoso Thile's return with Nickel Creek on May 6th and 7th at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Music


Books


Film


Recent
Music

Learning to Take a Picture: An Interview With Inara George

Inara George is unafraid to explore life's more difficult and tender moments. Discussion of her latest music, The Youth of Angst, leads to stories of working with Van Dyke Parks and getting David Lee Roth's musical approval.

Music

Country Westerns Bask in an Unparalleled Sound and Energy on Their Debut

Country Westerns are intent on rejecting assumptions about a band from Nashville while basking in an unparalleled sound and energy.

Film

Rediscovering Japanese Director Tomu Uchida

A world-class filmmaker of diverse styles, we take a look at Tomu Uchida's very different Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji and The Mad Fox.

Music

The Charlatans' 'Between 10th and 11th' Gets a Deluxe Edition

Not even a "deluxe" version of Between 10th and 11th from the Charlatans can quite set the record straight about the maligned-but-brilliant 1992 sophomore album.

Reviews

'High Cotton' Is Culturally Astute and Progressive

Kristie Robin Johnson's collection of essays in High Cotton dismantle linear thinking with shrewdness and empathy.

Reviews

Lianne La Havas Is Reborn After a Long Layoff

British soul artist Lianne La Havas rediscovers herself on her self-titled new album. It's a mesmerizing mix of spirituality and sensuality.

Reviews

PC Nackt Deconstructs the Classics with 'Plunderphonia'

PC Nackt kicks off a unique series of recordings dedicated to creating new music by "plundering" unexpected historical sources such as classical piano pieces or chamber orchestra music.

Music

Counterbalance 24: The Doors - 'The Doors'

Before you slip into unconsciousness, Counterbalance has put together a few thoughts on the Doors' 1967 debut album. It's number 24 on the Big List.

Reading Pandemics

Parable Pandemics: Octavia E. Butler and Racialized Labor

Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, informed by a deep understanding of the intersectionality of dying ecologies, disease, and structural racism, exposes the ways capitalism's insatiable hunger for profit eclipses humanitarian responses to pandemics.

Television

'Tiger King' and the Post-Truth Culture War

Tiger King -- released during and dominating the streaming-in-lockdown era -- exemplifies in real-time the feedback loop between entertainment and ideology.

Music

GOD's 'God IV - Revelation' Is a Towering Feat of Theologically-Tinged Prog Metal (album stream)

GOD's God IV - Revelation is beautiful and brutal in equal measure. It's a masterful series of compositions. Hear it in full today before tomorrow's release.

Books

Ivy Mix's 'Spirits of Latin America' Evokes the Ancestors

A common thread unites Ivy Mix's engaging Spirits of Latin America; "the chaotic intermixture between indigenous and European traditions" is still an inextricable facet of life for everyone who inhabits the "New World".

Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews

Features
Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.