Josh Ritter is one of those wonderful artists that I didn’t discover until he already had several albums out. I love his folk-rock style of music, which has great lyrics and great emotion. I would recommend him to anyone, doubly so for fans of Bon Iver/Justin Vernon, Sufjan Stevens, and Okkervil River, although I think he is slightly more pop and accessible than any of those acts. Josh is originally from Idaho and while he’s achieved moderate success in the US, he’s huge in Ireland (Go figure.) If you need proof, listen to the Irish crowd on the great live version of “Snow Is Gone,” below.
A lot of my favorite tracks are available on Josh’s website, so I’ll give you some favorites that aren’t:
I also highly recommend all of the following tracks, available courtesy of Josh Ritter.com (direct downloads: right-click and save):
Josh’s entire catalog is at Amazon.