Josh Ritter is from Moscow, Idaho. The son of two neuroscientists, he was on his way to follow in their footsteps when he discovered Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country" in high school. "Hearing that record was like meeting the person you're going to marry," Josh says.
Now, at age 31, he was recently named One of the 100 Greatest Living Songwriters by Paste Magazine, alongside Dylan, Springsteen, and Neil Young. He has released 5 albums and has made memorable appearances on David Letterman twice, and his most recent record, The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, was released in the fall of 2007 on Sony/BMG in North American and V2 Records in Europe. The album has earned critical acclaim worldwide, and his constant touring has made him a star both in the US and overseas, where he plays to large audiences.
"…he sets out to carry a world of ideas on a few basic chords….there is no limit to the depth and ambition of his songs." — The New York Times
"How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions." — Washington Post
"In the modern hierarchy of Dylan/Springsteen acolytes, 30-year old Ritter stands surprisingly tall….Ritter is a rare example of a musician who dignifies the legacy of those he emulates." — Entertainment Weekly (10 Artists To Watch)
"...pensive and playful, whimsical and intense..." — USA Today
"...what may be the best album of 2007, hands down, by the most under-accorded American musical genius." — Amazon.com