Song Premiere: Josh Ritter - "Where the Night Goes"

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When it came time for Josh Ritter’s latest album, he says he “wanted to make something important to me and to no one else. I wanted it like I’ve never wanted anything in my life.” He also wanted to play “messianic oracular honky-tonk.”

There’s always been a bit of the secularly prophetic in Josh Ritter’s music over the years, from the urgency of “Harrisburg” to the dreamscape of “Girl in the War” to the end-times love song “The Temptation of Adam.” But he’s full-on looking for an “Amen” with Sermon on the Rocks, recorded over two weeks in New Orleans.

The energy that Ritter and his Royal City Band have long brought to live shows courses through the 12 songs on the album, and we’re thrilled to debut the single “Where the Night Goes.”

“I remember fall nights at the football game, the wheat fields freshly shorn, their stubble burning, filling the autumn air with harvest dust, sweet smoke, and the light of the red-orange ball that was the rising moon,” Ritter says of the song. “To think of nights like that is to let the moonlight in, half-bright like my memories of those times. Maybe there was never a night like that. Maybe there was. It was in my head though, like a dream I’d only just remembered. And when I remembered it, I had to write about it.”

The album is available for pre-order here, and Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band will be playing a series of release shows throughout North America.

Josh Ritter Tour Dates
10 – Boulder, Co. @ Macky Hall w/Boulder Philharmonic
11 – Boise, Idaho @ The Record Exchange (in-store)
12 – Seattle, Wash. – Easy Street Records (in-store)
14 – Long Beach, Calif. – Fingerprints (in-store)
19 – Boston, Mass. @ The Sinclair (sold out)
20 – Portland, Mane @ Port City Music Hall
21 – Northampton, Mass. @ Academy of Music
22 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Rough Trade (sold out)
24 – Easton, Md. – Avalon Theatre
25 – Pittsburgh, Pa. – Mr. Smalls
26 – Washington, D.C. – Lincoln Theatre

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