Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Josh Ritter 

8 p.m. Tuesday, September 26. The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard).

If scoring the opening slot on a Jamie Cullum tour suggests back-room deals to remake bookish troubadour Josh Ritter in the jazz gentry's image, followers of his scruffy, pensive sound can only say, "Lots of luck." On his recent release, The Animal Years, Ritter's waifish exterior belies a certain professionalism, but mostly certain dark expressionism — wolves and war, starvation and thirst, Freudian dreams and arcane spirituality — which makes for poor Starbucks sipping. The Moscow, Idaho, native distends his acoustic parables with piano, synths, ukuleles and stumbled-upon effects — and his voice, for all its sly control, primarily calls to ghostly muses, lovers that may exist only in his irreducibly private but ample imagination.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Latest in Critics' Picks

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 26, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2022 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation