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Josh Ritter On World Cafe | December 13, 2012

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Singer-songwriter and guitarist Josh Ritter has blurred the line between narrator and musician. Beyond music, Ritter is also an author; he published his first novel, Bright's Passage, in 2011. He bridges the divide between his two occupations in his lyrics and performances, which always have an air of storytelling about them.

This past September David Dye and the World Cafe took a road trip to Ithaca, NY, to record a special concert and interview with Josh Ritter in front of an audience at The State Theater.

Ritter talks with host David Dye about his beginnings as a musician and growing up in rural Idaho. In addition, he plays several songs — including one from his forthcoming album, The Beast in Its Tracks (link).


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Robbie Robertson "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" Robbie Robertson
Angel Snow "As You Are" Angel Snow
The Avett Brothers "Live and Die" The Carpenter
Night Beds "Even If We Try" Country Sleep
Fanfarlo "The Walls are Coming Down" Reservoir
((Josh Ritter "Mind’s Eye" Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter))
Josh Ritter"Me & Jiggs" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Josh Ritter"The Temptation of Adam" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Josh Ritter "Wait for Love" Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter))
Josh Ritter"Folk Bloodbath" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Josh Ritter"Joy to You Baby" Recorded Live for the World Cafe


Django Django "Love’s Dart" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Atoms for Peace "Default" Amok
Gorillaz "On Melancholy Hill" Plastic Beach
The Tallest Man on Earth "1904" There Is No Leaving Now
Belle & Sebastian "I Want the World to Stop" Write About Love
Freelance Whales "Spitting Image" Diluvia
((Pink Martini "Anna (El Negro Zumbon)" Hold on Little Tomato))
Los Papines "El Pequeno Tamborilero" It’s a Cuban Christmas
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles "Los Peces en el Rio" Navidad en America
((Xavier Rudd "Letter" Food in the Belly))
First Aid Kit "Emmylou" The Lion’s Roar
Gram Parsons "Love Hurts" Grievous Angel
Father John Misty "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" Fear Fun
Citizen Cope "Bullet and a Target" The Clearance Greenwood Recordings
Allen Stone "Sleep" Allen Stone