Josh Ritter’s new Jason Isbell-produced LP streaming via NPR now6 March 2019
“Classic Ritter on Muscle Shoals-bred steroids.” Rolling Stone
“’Old Black Magic’ collapses Ritter’s weary-yet-resilient lyricism with the 400 Unit’s distinctive Southern swagger.” – Consequence of Sound
“The combination of Ritter and The 400 Unit is magical… the music is elevated, giving Ritter an even stronger voice while taking his career and music to a whole new level.” – NPR
On Friday April 26th, Americana/alt-country troubadour Josh Ritter will release his tenth LP, Fever Breaks, via Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers. Produced by the mighty Jason Isbell and featuring Isbell’s 400 Unit band, it’s a collection of Ritters finest work to date and you can now stream it in full over at NPR here.
They say of the album: “Together [with Isbell and his 400 Unit band], they infuse the singer’s ever-incisive songwriting with a bit of gutty Southern-rock heft… Josh Ritter tweaks and further reinvigorates a sound and songwriting approach that’s lost none of its vitality or urgency in 20 years. He remains a hydrant of ideas.”
Fever Breaks, Ritter’s tenth studio album in a career spanning two decades is available for pre-order at https://ffm.to/feverbreaks. Produced by quadruple 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. Picking up widespread praise on both sides of the Atlantic, Rolling Stone described it as “classic Ritter on Muscle Shoals-bred steroids.”
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 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).
Talking about the album in an interview with Rolling Stone, Ritter explains: “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.”
Watch the video for ‘All Some Kind Of Dream’ below: