For the first time ever I purchased a meet & greet package for a concert. On May 22nd I’ll be one of the people arriving to The Vic early to hear a short acoustic set of music and get my picture taken with the man who I think wears the crown as America’s greatest songwriter. In general I think the meet & greet packages are a bit of a cash grab, but I don’t mind spending the money for someone that has provided me with so much great music and memories over the past 15 years or so.
I’m also super excited to hear what’s going on with this new album, Fever Breaks, that comes out in April. Jason Isbell produced it, with his band The 400 Unit backing up Josh. Based on the first single, “Old Black Magic,” it could be a return to the rock-leaning jams on The Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter (still my favorite album in Ritter’s catalogue).
If hearing that got you pumped like it did for me, head over to Josh’s website and pre-order the new record! The initial 1,000 signed records are already gone, but you can still get it on vinyl or a signed CD! And of course I can’t recommend getting out and seeing him play live with The Royal City Band. They put on a show as fun and inspiring as anything you’ll see on a stage!
Here’s an old clip from a show in Des Moines a decade ago.