See Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band (Plus Scott Hutchison) Tomorrow

February 11th, 2011

Growing up in Idaho, Josh Ritter heard the Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash version of “Girl from the North Country” on his parents’ copy of Nashville Skyline and knew he wanted to become a songwriter. Some dreams do come true, because years later, Ritter was named one of the 100 Greatest Living Songwriters by Paste magazine. The folk-leaning singer-songwriter has earned favorable comparisons to Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen (or as Mary-Louise Parker says, he “is usually compared to the legends, the ones you have been listening to since you were 15, the ones you love most”), and he’s put out a considerable amount of material on EPs and full-length albums. The most recent of which, So Runs the World Away, came out last year, and Josh Ritter (above, playing “The Temptation of Adam” at last month’s Sundance Film Festival) has been touring with the Royal City Band ever since. See them with Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison (below, doing “My Backwards Walk”) at Terminal 5 tomorrow night.