Josh Ritter Gathering Deluxe Limited Edition 2LP + CD (Opaque Yellow Vinyl)
Deluxe Limited Edition Opaque Yellow Vinyl!
Double LP Features Etching On Side D!
Includes Bonus CD of Home Recordings!
Gathering is the 9th studio album from critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter
Josh Ritter. The follow-up to 2015's Sermon On The Rocks, Gathering features Bob
Weir on the track "When Will I Be Changed".
Josh Ritter is the definition of an experienced songwriter. After graduating
from Oberlin College in 1999 Ritter devoted his life to a songwriting career,
releasing albums independently and garnering word-of-mouth popularity. He
eventually caught the attention of Irish songwriter Glen Hansard (writer of the
song "Falling Slowly" from the movie Once) and was invited to be the tour opener
for his band The Frames. This then resulted in Josh gaining international
success, with his third record Hello Starling becoming a charting hit in
Ireland. His songs have been featured on the TV show Parenthood, and in movies
like The Other Woman and Typeface. Josh Ritter has so far released 8 studio
albums, is an author, husband, father, and is considered one of the best living
songwriters by Paste Magazine.
"I had that feeling you get when the sky is suddenly dark before a summer storm
the thunderheads looming at the edge of the fields the birds quiet. The
smell of the gathering electricity in the atmosphere, the certainty of
lightning. This record is the product of a strange and interesting time. When I
started writing Gathering, I felt tired of living in the shadow of my earlier
self, my earlier work but more than discouraged, I felt charged with the
possibility and the freedom of cutting myself loose from my own and others'
expectations. I began with an exciting sense of dissatisfaction, and what
emerged, as I began to find my voice, was a record full of storms. Some, like
'Feels Like Lightning' or 'Friendamine' are physical storms. Others, like
'Dreams,' are mental ones. Listening to these songs now, I hear uncertainty,
mania, laughter and sadness, all vying for their place on the album. I was
surprised by the new voice, but I kept writing.
I still cant tell what era these stories are from. They feel part roustabout,
part psalm to me. The narrators are often outsized; big talkers who carry deep
inner uncertainties and struggle to keep a strong front against the world raging
around them. 'Showboat,' 'Cry Softly' and 'Oh Lord' all laugh through real
darkness, whether alone or among others. In quieter moments, as on 'Strangers,'
'Thunderbolt's Goodnight,' or 'Train Go By,' the vulnerability of the characters
shines through the cracks of their exterior bluster. As I wrote this album, I
found myself painting again in a serious way. The landscapes that emerged in the
paintings followed the same preoccupations with gathering storms that are in
evidence on the songs.
When it came time for recording, I had more songs than I have ever had at one
time. Rather than picking through them in advance (as I did extensively for
Sermon on the Rocks), I opted to record everything I had over the course of two
weeks. The goal was to put a ton of stuff down and think about it later. Trina
Shoemaker, my band and I headed for the studio. After the whirlwind of recording
had subsided, I was left with a pile of thirty songs. I spent the next couple of
months sifting through them in order to decide what songs best hung together to
form the record. We did backing vocals and horns in some other studios in
Nashville and North Carolina. I asked Bob Weir to sing on 'When Will I Be
Changed.' We had written his record, Blue Mountain, together, and working with
him was deeply influential to my writing during this time.
I have been writing records for almost twenty years now. Each one has been
different from the last in subject and form, but with Gathering I feel Ive
found a new electric dissatisfaction, a new way to rejoice as the storm rolls
in." Josh Ritter
"Two years ago, Josh Ritter was in the recording studio with the Grateful
Dead's Bob Weir, recording the cowboy songs they'd co-written for Weir's first
solo record in nearly three decades. The result, Blue Mountain, was released
last fall, bringing with it a country-fried sound rooted in Wild West twang,
campfire crooning and other glimpses of America's rural past. The two resume
their partnership with 'When Will I Be Changed,' a track from Ritter's upcoming
album, Gathering. Written by Ritter, the song pitches its tent midway between
the country, gospel and soul camps, with thickly stacked harmonies that evoke
the Dead's own folk-rock classic American Beauty. Appropriately, Weir lends his
warm, weathered voice to two verses. Behind him, a swirl of guitars, organ and
brass turns the song into some sort of Americana hymn, with Ritter begging the
world or maybe its creator to help him transform sin into salvation." -
Robert Crawford, Rolling Stone
Deluxe Limited Edition
Opaque Yellow Vinyl
Etching on Side D
Manufactured by Third Man Pressing
Bonus CD of demos from the album
Limited time album download
1. Shaker Love Song (Leah)
4. Feels Like Lightning
5. When Will I Be Changed (feat. Bob Weir)
6. Train Go By
8. Myrna Loy
10. Cry Softly
11. Oh Lord (Part 3)
12. Thunderbolt's Goodnight