Josh Ritter: Live at 9:30 Club (5-8-10)


This morning I was in the mood for some live music…..

I ended up coming across this recording of a Josh Ritter show that took place at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. last Saturday. Ritter has become one of my favorite artists. His voice is like Tom Hanks… everyman. There’s nothing especially spectacular about it, but it just fits like it has always belonged. I won’t even go and say that his writing is “ground breaking” or anything of the sort… it just… fits.

I don’t know of many other artists I can say that about. Please don’t misinterpret that statement… I’m all for innovation and stretching the boundaries of sound… but I’m also a huge advocate for finding just the right piece to the puzzle, even if the puzzle is already finished.

The sound quality of this bootleg is stellar as are the performances. I love boots that make me feel the room. Soundboard recordings are great, but sometimes the audience is too low in the mix. I am going to guess that this Ritter show isn’t a soundboard recording because I can hear depth in the audience (if that makes sense). Anyhow, these room recordings are sometimes preferred because they let me be a part of the audience instead of the band.

It’s the same difference between watching a show out in the crowd than watching it backstage. Although I love being backstage, I can’t STAND watching shows from backstage. They’re boring, there’s no connection with the band, and the sound quality often sucks because the band’s mix isn’t the same as what the audience hears. So all of you who wish you could watch a show backstage, DON’T DO IT!!!!! You’ll regret it if you’re there for the music. If you’re there to meet the band, then do yourself a favor and get onto the floor when the show starts.

Dawn Landes joins Ritter on stage for “In The Dark” and “Wait for Love”. Hmmm… I’m going to have to find out more about her.

The sing-a-long at the end of the show is priceless. Man, I love sing-a-longs… especially when they’re songs with bad words and my mom is trying to sing along. She’ll stop the song and ask, “What that mean?” and we’ll all have a splendid laugh.

Anyhow, you need this bootleg. That is all.

Ritter is currently on tour in the US. Check out his upcoming tour dates below, and for a full listing of dates and venues, visit his official website.

May 13 – Atlanta, GA
May 14 – Knoxville, TN
May 15 – Chicago, IL
May 17 – Louisville, KY
May 17 – Louisville, KY
May 18 – Pittsburgh, PA
May 19 – New York, NY
May 20 – New York, NY
May 21 – Boston, MA
May 22 – New York, NY

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: All Songs (full show zip)

Download: Intro (Curtains)
Download: Southern Pacifica
Download: Change of Time
Download: Rumours
Download: Folk Bloodbath
Download: Right Moves
Download: Good Man
Download: Rattling Locks
Download: The Curse
Download: Lark
Download: Open Doors
Download: The Temptation of Adam
Download: Girl in the War
Download: In the Dark
Download: Me & Jiggs
Download: Monster Ballads
Download: Another New World
Download: Harrisburg
Download: Remnant
Download: Lantern
Download: To the Dogs or Whoever
Download: Encore Break
Download: Moon River
Download: Snow is Gone
Download: Wait for Love

(Thanks to Rockinman for the recording)

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17 thoughts on “Josh Ritter: Live at 9:30 Club (5-8-10)

  1. 4 DAYS!!!! I think he is amazing as a singer and a songwriter and he is even more fantastic live. I am super happy that you have the set list because I was wondering what songs he was going to perform during this tour. THANK YOU!

    By the way, if I learned anything from you it is that the best place to hear a show is around the soundboard lol

  2. 6 DAYS!!! I'm really excited to finally see Josh LIVE!!! I'm hoping he plays at least a couple from ANIMAL YEARS. Oh.. and that DAWN LANDES person that always seems to be sharing the stage with Josh lately????
    That would be MRS JOSH RITTER. They just celebrated 1 year on MAY 9TH. (Now don't you feel foolish???)
    Thanks for introducing me to JOSH and as always, thanks for the DOWNLOADS!!!

  3. Yes, the best place to be is near the soundboard… that's where the soundguy is (no, really?) and he will usually mix to his ears, not the front row's ears, not the 156th row's ears… but a great soundguy will make it sound good everywhere!

  4. Woo hoo! I'm excited for all of you that are going to see him this time around. I'm sure he'll put on an excellent show. I bet he'll do “Girl in the War” cuz that's the only thing he knows to do… turn up the music and pray that he makes it through.

  5. This is fabulous! I've been a fan of Josh for several years and always enjoy seeing him in concert! Thank you so much for making it available to us!

  6. Thank you! I guess I'm way behind on this because everybody's telling me that! Thanks for reading!

  7. Just saw Josh Ritter @ The Vic In Chicago. Since I am from NC, it was a wonderful surprise to find out he was playing the same time that we were traveling to Chicago. I have never seen him perform live, but always appreciated his Live Records. I can't tell you how great of a live show he puts on. His energy is contagious and you can see & feel his enthusiasm for being on stage. My wife kept saying to me “I want to be on whatever high he is on”. It didnt' seem like any sort of artificial energy he was bringing, just pure love of playing music. Go see his show folks! Thanks for posting!

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