LEWISBURG — Acclaimed singer-songwriter and novelist Josh Ritter will perform an acoustic show with his trio on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Ritter is known for his distinctive Americana style, narrative lyrics and heartfelt folk-rock anthems.
The performance is presented as part of Bucknell University's Family Weekend festivities. The event is sponsored, in part, by the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau and WXPN-FM.
Opening Act: Sam Amidon
Sam Amidon will open the performance from 6:30-7 p.m. in the Weis Center. The Vermont native/London-based Amidon is known for his reworking of traditional melodies into a new form. He has released four albums and, in addition to singing, he plays banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar and piano.
Nonesuch Records released Amidon's label debut, "Bright Sunny South", this spring to critical acclaim. The Wall Street Journal said, "At once archaically rootsy and savvily refined … the album includes airy adornment from trumpet and flute … [but] remains rooted in the voice of a 31-year-old who sounds decades, if not centuries, older."
About Josh Ritter
Ritter has been listed as one of the 10 Most Exciting Artists Now by Entertainment Weekly and one of the 100 Best Living Songwriters by Paste Magazine.
His newest album, "The Beast In Its Tracks", is his sixth full-length recording and widely heralded by critics and fans alike. Paste Magazine just put the album on their Best Albums of 2013 (So Far) list, and it received rave reviews from outlets as diverse as the Guardian, MOJO, Pitchfork, and National Public Radio.
Of the recording, Ritter says, “In the year after my marriage ended, I realized that I had more new songs than I’d ever had at one time. Far from the grand, sweeping feel of the songs on "So Runs the World Away", these new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness.”