April 15, 2006
Josh Ritter, Live at the Grad Club, Kingston, 3 February 2005/Live on MPR, 30 January 2006
Josh Ritter stopped by the Grad Club in Kingston a little over a year ago (he was here at the beginning of the month, too, but I missed him this time around). I had seen him a few months before when he opened for Sarah Harmer and was duly impressed. However, I must admit that I actually went to this show to see the opening act – the lovely Jill Barber who I introduced you to last week. As a result I recorded her set in its entirety and just caught the first three songs of the main attraction. Which is somewhat sad because he put on a great show and I curse my unpreparedness.
Singing quite softly he held the attention of the rapt crowd. He was very personable and exuded a nervous authenticity – very down to earth and genuine. To give you a sense of what I mean by this I included a bit of banter where Josh describes cliff diving in Idaho. This is just a bit of the story but I think it is pretty funny. He played a full set, with a number of songs from his then-unreleased album The Animal Years and the encore was stellar – Jill returned to the stage to sing a duet. They performed her song "Two Brown Eyes". Great stuff.
I think the quality of the tracks I taped is pretty good, although there is an underlying hiss.
And because three songs is something of a tease, I am also going to share his instudio performance from Minnesota Public Radio's The Current, which took place at the end of January this year.
I hope the easter bunny was good to everyone this year.
Josh Ritter, The Grad Club, Kingston, 3 February 2005
Josh Ritter, Live on MPR: The Current, 30 January 2006