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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Josh Ritter at Off Broadway, 7/22/11: Review and Setlist

Posted By on Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 11:48 AM

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  • Todd Owyoung
Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias: I interviewed Ritter for No Depression (RIP) back in 2003 on the day Johnny Cash died. Ritter was as unguarded as you'd guess. A few years later, I hosted the songwriter at the 88.1 KDHX studios for a solo acoustic session. Afterwards, he had an in-store at Vintage Vinyl and I gave him a lift in my 1966 VW. He threw his guitar in back, climbed in, looked at me and said, "I'm guessing there's no seat belts." We made it to Delmar on time.

By the way: Ritter read from his new novel Bright's Passage earlier Friday afternoon at Left Bank Books. To get a taste of the novel's (and the author's) charm, don't miss this pastiche video reading, featuring family and friends, including songwriter Tift Merritt.

Overheard: Or not quite overheard, but glimpsed: Some 45 minutes after the show, walking back to my vehicle, I saw a young couple sitting on the hood of their car, parked alone on Lemp Avenue. They were looking back towards the club and the steamy, starless sky. There was nothing to see beneath the streetlights, just the running lights of Ritter's tour bus and the club where they'd just been to a show they weren't ready leave.


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