Josh Ritter Sermon On The Rocks on 180g LP + Download
Also Available on Deluxe Colored 180g Vinyl with Bonus Home Recordings CD!
Sermon On The Rocks is the new Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers release from singer/songwriter Josh Ritter. Produced by Ritter and Trina Shoemaker (Queens of the Stone Age, Emmylou Harris), the 12-song album was recorded over two weeks at New Orleans' The Parlor Recording Studio and features Matt Barrick from The Walkmen on drums, Zachariah Hickman on bass, Josh Kaufman on guitar and Sam Kassirer on piano.
Of his inspiration behind Sermon on the Rocks, Ritter comments, "I wanted to play messianic oracular honky-tonk." Paste asserts, "The energy that Ritter and his Royal City Band have long brought to live shows courses through the 12 songs on the album."
Over the course of his acclaimed career, Ritter has released seven full-length albums, including his most recent, 2013's The Beast In Its Tracks, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The record also received widespread critical praise – NPR Music called it, "...gorgeous and glorious," while Pitchfork asserted, "Beast is contemplative and forgiving, a means of burying one relationship to commit to another, and Ritter nicely evokes the excitement and resignation of such a transition."
Additionally, in 2011, Ritter made is debut as a published author with his New York Times best-selling novel, Bright's Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, "Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime...This is the work of a gifted novelist."
Standard edition comes pressed on 180 gram black vinyl. Also available on limited edition deluxe 180 gram blue colored vinyl with bonus Home Recordings CD.