Josh Ritter

Singer/songwriter Josh Ritter, best known for his folky, Dylanesque tunes, added a full band and a broader scope on 2007's excellent The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter. The results were spectacular, ranging from the rollicking, lyrically playful "To the Dogs or Whomever" to more straightforward rockers "Real Long Distance" and "Rumors," the latter of which features the line, "My orchestra is gigantic/This thing could sink the Titanic." That quip will get a more literal spin when Ritter returns to the Twin Cities to play a show backed by the Minnesota Orchestra, led by Sarah Hicks. He'll be playing favorites from his first five albums, plus tracks from his new disc, So Runs the World Away. Ritter's latest effort is partly a return to form, lowering the tempo a little with sparer arrangements driven more often than not by acoustic guitar and piano, but lovely ballads like "The Curse" and compelling oddities like "Rattling Locks" should all fill out nicely with a backing band worth capsizing over. (Photo by Brian Stowell)
Thu., July 15, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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