Josh Ritter releases first single ‘Old Black Magic’ ahead of tenth studio album ‘Fever Breaks’

“Josh Ritter remains at the top of his game” – NPR Music
“Old Black Magic” blends the artists’ talents to dizzying effect” – Rolling Stone

‘Fever Breaks’, the tenth studio album from prolific singer songwriter and performer, Josh Ritter, will be released on May 3 via Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers. The ten-song LP was produced by Grammy-award winning musician Jason Isbell and features contributions from Isbell’s band The 400 Unit – comprised of Amanda Shires, Derry Deboria, Chad Gamble, Jimbo Hart and Sadler Vaden. To mark its release, Ritter is offering up the first single ‘Old Black Magic’, which you can listen to here.

The record was laid down at Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio A with additional recording and mixing at Sound Emporium. Rolling Stone joined Ritter and Isbell in the studio, documenting the pair at work extensively in a recent interview (read it here) deeming the latest release “classic Ritter on Muscle Shoals-bred steroids.”

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 [2018] 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.”

Listen to ‘Old Black Magic’ here:

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