The Melting Point
295 E Dougherty Street
Athens, GA 30601
8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The Milk Carton Kids
Folk | Americana,
This isn’t just a night of music – this is an opportunity to see an all time great, in an intimate, warm venue. In 2006, Josh Ritter was named one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters” by Paste Magazine. In 2010, Bob Boilen listed his album as one of his top ten releases of the past year. Join us for an evening of gripping, honest, unbelievable music, by a living legend. The show is set for Tuesday, July 2nd. This is a mostly standing room show and seating will be very limited. Doors open @ 6pm. The Beast In Its Tracks, the new album from renowned singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, will be released March 5 on Pytheas Recordings. Of the record, Ritter says, “In the year after my marriage ended, I realized that I had more new songs than I’d ever had at one time. Far from the grand, sweeping feel of the songs on So Runs the World Away, these new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness.”
Ritter & The Royal City Band will celebrate the release of The Beast In Its Tracks with a North American tour. All concert tickets are bundled with a unique musical package including a redemption code to download The Beast In Its Tracks upon release date. Ticket purchasers will also receive an immediate download of the album’s first single, “Joy To You Baby.” The Beast In Its Tracks will also be available in a deluxe edition vinyl package and CD format.
This is the sixth full-length recording from Ritter, who has been widely heralded by critics and fans alike. As a special preview, a trailer of the album can be viewed here. Additionally, the record can be pre-ordered at joshritter.com and iTunes and the first single, “Joy To You Baby,” is now available to be purchased as a limited edition hand-numbered 7” single and digital download.
Recorded during 2011-2012 at the Great North Sound Society in Parsonsfield, Maine, The Beast In Its Tracks continues Ritter’s longtime collaboration with producer and keyboard player Sam Kassirer. As Josh describes, “I hadn’t composed this stuff, I’d scrawled it down, just trying to keep ahead of the heartbreak. They needed to be recorded like that. We needed to work fast, make decisions quickly, keep the songs as spare as they could be kept, and above all never allow ourselves to blunt the sharp edges. Some of the songs were mean or evil. So be it.”
The new album follows Ritter’s 2010 release, So Runs The World Away, of which Bob Boilen from NPR Music declared, “I’ve come to expect good records from him...but this one took my breath away,” while the Boston Globe praised, “quite sensational…marks the finest music he has made.”
In 2011, Ritter made is debut as a published author with his New York Times Best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime . . . This is the work of a gifted novelist.”
“How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions.”—The Washington Post
“The 10 Most Exciting Artists Now”—Entertainment Weekly
“100 Best Living Songwriters”—Paste Magazine more >>> While The Milk Carton Kids' most obvious frame of musical reference is the classic folk sound of twin acoustic guitars and close harmonies, the band both expand and contradict that rich legacy. The music strikes listeners immediately with its sweet, bluegrass-inflected simplicity, but underneath snake Pattengale's sinuous modal guitar lines, sounding for all the world like a jazzified Bert Jansch dropped in to jam with the Everly Brothers. Their harmonies, too, while recalling classic brother duos from the Louvins to the Everlys, achieve a richness that blends into a vivid singularity. Their new album, The Ash & Clay will be released 3/26 on Anti Records.
"Gorgeous contemporary folk" - NPR
"A sweetly dazzling variation on close-harmony vocals, part Simon and Garfunkel and part Everly Brothers, with occasional acoustic prestidigitation" - The New York Times more >>>