This past weekend I saw Josh Ritter at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston and it still seems pretty dreamlike. It was incredible how (with the help of his tight band) he could get us up on our feet, singing along to one rockin’ tune and then have us seated and pin-drop quiet, listening intently to another.
What was most striking for me was the huge grin Ritter had on his face for the entire show. What a genuinely humble and happy guy! It’s so obvious that he just LOVES being up there and that happiness spread quickly throughout the audience. It had been a long time since I sat at a packed concert and felt like everyone else was just as focused on the show as I was.
Ritter stirred the audience into a frenzy with a bunch of familiar tunes including “Rumors”, “Good Man”, “Kathleen”, “Right Moves”, and “Snow Is Gone”. I was also happy to hear a lot of new material from So Runs The World Away. There were many extremely tender tunes mixed with some big, fierce, awe-inspiring rock songs. Across the board, Ritter’s songs are filled with top-notch writing.
I knew a couple who drove all the way from upstate New York to see the show even though they had just seen him play a few weeks before. As the night drew to an end, I knew exactly why they had to see it again.