Josh Ritter Premieres New Video, Kicks Off Summer Tour

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The image of a mummy and an archaeologist waltzing around a darkened museum captured by brilliant puppetry is a good way to be introduced to a Josh Ritter album. That’s one of the poignant scenes from the video for his new single, The Curse, which premiered over at NPR.

The video was created by his drummer, Liam Hurley, who is also a puppeteer. While Ritter’s voice croons the waltz in his hypnotic fashion, the story on the screen unfolds with an almost cartoon-ish simplicity. It’s brilliant.

Ritter’s new album, So Runs The world Away, hit shelves on May 4. Aside from the video, the singer/songwriter has hit the road with the Royal City Band in a quickly-selling summer tour (that also happens to include a couple of free acoustic in-store dates.)

Check out the tour dates below:

10 – Richmond, Va. @ Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (w/Mason Jennings)
11 – Birmingham, Ala. @ WorkPlay Theatre (w/Mynabirds)
12 – Baton Rouge, La. @ Manship Theatre (w/Mynabirds)
14 – Austin, Texas @ Waterloo Records (FREE IN-STORE at 6.30pm)
14 – Austin, Texas @ Antone’s (w/Mynabirds)
15 – Dallas, Texas @ Granada Theater (w/Mynabirds)
16 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ National Hispanic Cultural Center (w/Sonny Pete)
17 – Telluride, Colo. @ Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Main
stage & new late-night club show)
18 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The State Room (SOLD OUT)
20 – Santa Barbara, Calif. @ Live Oak Music Festival
22 – Solana Beach, Calif. @ Belly Up Tavern (w/the Watson Twins)
23 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Music Box (w/Carolina Chocolate Drops)
24 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore (w/Carolina Chocolate Drops)
25 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom (w/Dawes)
26 – Portland, Ore. @ Music Millenium (FREE IN-STORE at 3.30pm)
27 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox At The Market (w/Dawes)

15 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Orchestra Hall (w/the Minnesota Orchestra)
18 – Dublin, Ireland @ Iveagh Gardens (w/Villagers)
23 – Galway, Ireland @ Festival Big Top (Galway Arts
Festival) (w/Damien Dempsey & Cathy Davey)
24 – Killarney, Ireland @ INEC (w/John Spillane)

8 – New York, N.Y. @ Governors Island (FREE SHOW w/Justin
Townes Earle & Dawn Landes)