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Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band Tour to Stop in Columbus, 4/15

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Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band Tour to Stop in Columbus, 4/15

Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band are touring North America, making a stop in Columbus to celebrate the March 5, 2013, release of The Beast in Its Tracks, the sixth full-length recording from the renowned singer/songwriter who has been widely heralded by critics and fans alike. Of the record, Ritter said, "In the year after my marriage ended, I realized that I had more new songs than I'd ever had at one time. These new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness."

CAPA presents Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band with special guest Sea Wolf at the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.) on Monday, April 15, at 8pm. Tickets are $29 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. Young people aged 13-25 may purchase $5 PNC Arts Alive All Access tickets while available. For more information, visit www.GoFor5.com.

Recorded during 2011-12 at the Great North Sound Society in Parsonsfield, Maine, The Beast in Its Tracks continues Ritter's long-time collaboration with producer and keyboard player Sam Kassirer. As Ritter describes, "I hadn't composed this stuff, I'd scrawled it down, just trying to keep ahead of the heartbreak. They needed to be recorded like that. We needed to work fast, make decisions quickly, keep the songs as spare as they could be kept, and above all never allow ourselves to blunt the sharp edges. Some of the songs were mean or evil. So be it."



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