New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Fever Breaks, the tenth studio album from acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Josh Ritter, will be released April 26 via Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers and is now available for pre-order at https://ffm.to/feverbreaks. Produced by Grammy Award-winning musician Jason Isbell, the 10-song record was recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A and features Isbell's band, the 400 Unit. In advance of the release, the album's first single, "Old Black
Magic," is debuting today; listen/share it here.
Already receiving widespread attention, Rolling Stone recently spent time in the studio with Ritter and Isbell while finishing the album and calls the music, "classic Ritter on Muscle Shoals-bred steroids." Read the full profile here.
In celebration of the release, Ritter is set for a run of North American tour dates with his longtime band, The Royal City Band, which also include support from Amanda Shires
andPenny & Sparrow. These run of shows include stops at New York's Beacon Theatre,Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Boston's Wilbur Theater, Philadelphia's Keswick Theater, D.C.'s Lincoln Theater, Chicago's The Vic and more. Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1 at 10AM local time and are available at joshritter.com. See below for complete tour dates.
Recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A with additional recording and mixing at Sound Emporium, the record was engineered by Matt Ross-Spang and features contributions from Isbell (guitar and vocals) and his band the 400 Unit, which includes Derry Deborja (piano, organ and Hohner
accordion), Chad Gamble (drums and percussion), Jimbo Hart (fender electric, ukulele and upright bass), Sadler Vaden (electric guitar, acoustic guitar and 12 string acoustic guitar) and Amanda Shires
(violin and vocals).
Of the album, Ritter shares with Rolling Stone, "The songs are very reflective of the times in which they were written," he explains. "As we started coming together and playing, the songs that felt like they were gonna work really jumped out as obvious. From there on, after we recorded in August  we had this really nice time to stop and listen and let the songs marinate a little bit. In that time, the world has just become even crazier. There's a lot of the record that feels reflective of the moment it was in."
Over the course of his career Ritter has released ten full-length albums including 2017'sGathering, which debuted at #4 on Billboard's Americana/Folk Albums chart and received widespread critical praise. NPR Music
proclaims, "Josh Ritter remains at the top of his game two decades into a highlight-strewn career. He'd be forgiven for loosening his grip, but his hand has never felt surer," while the HuffPost adds, "Gathering is beautiful and precise, and most of the beauty, to be certain, arises from a prolonged, often intimate contemplation of Ritter's enormous skill set as an honest bard." In 2015 Ritter began a close collaboration with Bob Weir
and went on to write or co-write many of the 12 songs on Weir's acclaimed 2016 solo album, Blue Mountain. Pitchfork called the album "quietly adventurous, wise, and a welcome late-career turn," while Entertainment Weekly described it as "a moving group of tunes worthy of any campfire."
In addition to his work as a musician, Ritter made his debut as a published author in 2011 with his New York Times best-selling novel Bright's Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Stephen King wrote in The New York Times Book Review that Bright's Passage "shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime...This is the work of a gifted novelist."
FEVER BREAKS TRACKLIST
1. Ground Don't Want Me
2. Old Black
3. On The Water
4. I Still Love You (Now and Then)
5. The Torch Committee
7. All Some Kind of Dream
8. Losing Battles
9. A New Man
10. Blazing Highway Home
JOSH RITTER & THE ROYAL CITY BAND TOUR:
May 8-Toronto, ON-Danforth Music
May 9-Montreal, QC-L'Astral*
May 10-Northampton, MA-Calvin Theater*
May 11-Boston, MA-Wilbur Theater*
May 14-Philadelphia, PA-Keswick Theater*
May 16-Pittsburgh, PA-Carnegie Memorial Hall*
May 17-Washington, DC-Lincoln Theater*
May 18-Charlottesville VA-Jefferson Theater*
May 19-Atlanta, GA-Variety Playhouse*
May 21-Cincinnati, OH-Taft Theater*
May 22-Chicago, IL-The Vic*
May 23-Detroit, MI-Majestic Theater*
June 14-Houston, TX-Heights Theater †
June 15-Austin, TX-Paramount Theatre†
June 20-Boise, ID-Egyptian Theater*
June 21-Spokane, WA-Knitting Factory*
June 22-Vancouver, BC-Vogue Theater*
June 23-Seattle, WA-The Moore*
June 25-Portland, OR-Revolution Hall*
June 28-Oakland, CA-Fox Theater*
June 29-Los Angeles, CA-Theater at the Ace*
21-New York, NY-Beacon Theatre†
26-Durham, NC-Carolina Theater†
27-Asheville, NC-The Orange
28-Nashville, TN-Ryman Auditorium
*with support from Penny & Sparrow
†with support from Amanda