New York City Treats Idaho Transplant Josh Ritter to a Glorious Homecoming (Photos)

Performing in the gorgeous Beacon Theatre was a triumphant achievement for Josh Ritter and his fans were absolutely effusive.
Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band

Josh Ritter‘s Sermon on the Rocks is his most ebullient album to date. And, as implausibly as it sounds if you have seen him live, Ritter appears happier than ever while performing — so much so that his fans are becoming even more effusive. Rarely, if ever, have I seen the entire audience rise for an artist before his encore. But for Ritter’s homecoming (of sorts) show in New York they were up (but sat back down after) for “Getting Ready to Get Down”. Even as headlining the gorgeous Beacon Theatre was a triumphant achievement for Ritter, he calm his nerves, he told the audience he was pretending the show was in the tiny Mercury Lounge. But the deceit didn’t matter to the crowd. Many people sang along as Ritter and the Royal City Band performed a smattering of new tracks and old favorites over the 100-plus-minute set.



Birds of the Meadow

Young Moses

Right Moves

Monster Ballads

Henrietta, Indiana

A Certain Light

Seeing Me ‘Round


Where the Night Goes

The Stone

Snow Is Gone

Change of Time

Engine Engine #9 (Roger Miller)



Getting Ready to Get Down


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The Curse

To the Dogs or Whoever


February 25—Durham, NC—Caroline Theatre

February 26—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West

February 27—Nashville, TN—Cannery Ballroom

February 28—Louisville, KY—Headliners Music Hall

February 29—Cincinnati, OH—Taft Theatre

May 22—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre