We received an email from our buddy, Josh Ritter, this morning about a new project he’s working on… no, not new music (although he’s working on that too), no, not a novel (he’s finished his first already), not tour dates (oh wait, yes, those too)… no, this new endeavor is a bloggin’ project about making a living in music, or as the email puts it, “making music a life”.

As one who has made a living in music myself, I’m sure this series is going to be a fascinating read for me… and as music fans, critics, publicists, and fellow musicians, for you too.

Josh Ritter Blog

From the email:

If you’ve been a fan of Josh’s for a while now, you know that Josh loves to chime in from the road, by blogging in between soundchecks and flights on his site Book of Jubilations.

But now – as if finishing his first novel and writing new songs wasn’t enough – Josh has a new endeavor: a series of writings on his blog about his making a life in music. Or, making music a life. Or, perhaps how YOU could do it too. It’s part advice column, part how-to series, part autobiography, part confessional. You gotta read it!

Josh has just posted his introduction to the series, “Making a Living in Music.” You can read it right HERE.

We hope you enjoy these as much as Josh seems to enjoy writing them….

Along with the announcement of the new blog series, Ritter talked about his recent European tour, where, on September 22nd at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, he premiered a new song. Take a listen:

Very troubadour-ish. I think that’s one thing I like most about Ritter… this side of his music stands out no matter how he presents it. This song, “Galahad,” has some humorous moments… so much that Ritter has to take a pause in order to get back into character. Don’t miss what happens at 1:58.

Fresh off the heels of his European tour, Josh is taking to the road in the US and Canada. Check out the remaining 2010 dates below.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Oct 06 – Princeton, NJ – McCarter Theatre – Solo acoustic show
Oct 08 – Lewisburg, WV – Carnegie Hall – Solo acoustic show
Oct 10 – Nelson County, VA (near Charlottesville) – The Festy Experience – JOSH & THE LOVE CANON STRING BAND
Oct 23 – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre – w/special guests
Oct 24 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
Oct 25 – Ottawa, ON – Capital Music Hall – w/Basia Bulat
Oct 26 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix – w/Basia Bulat
Oct 28 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Center – w/Basia Bulat (Sold Out!)
Oct 29 – Saskatoon, SK – Broadway Theatre – w/Basia Bulat
Oct 30 – Edmonton, AB – MacDougall United Church – w/Basia Bulat
Nov 01 – Calgary, AB – Knox United Church – w/Basia Bulat
Nov 02 – Nelson, BC – The Hume Hotel – w/Basia Bulat
Nov 04 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom – w/Basia Bulat
Nov 05 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Spokane
Nov 06 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Boise
Nov 08 – Helena, MT – Myrna Loy Center (Sold Out!)
Nov 09 – Bozeman, MT – Emerson Theatre
Nov 11 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Nov 12 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
Nov 13 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Nov 14 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
Nov 15 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

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11 thoughts on ““Making a Living in Music”: A New Blog Series by Josh Ritter + New Song & Tour Dates

  1. I was so excited when I got this email today from his site, he makes me smile. He is such a talented artist and I can’t wait for this!

  2. I have a date! I have a date! With Mr. Campfiresky! And a front-row seat, thanks to said Mr. Campfiresky! Northampton is only a half-hour away from me!

  3. Bill…rocks and so does Josh! I was asked to go to the Oct. 6 show in Princeton but alas I will be in Cali at that time. Bad timing…damnit. One of these days…

    ps. Yes Swap…you rock too (don’t want you to feel slighted since it’s your blog…heh)

  4. Josh needs to chat with his booking agent. Clearly he hasn’t learned the cardinal touring rule of COLD states in summer, WARM states in winter. All in time…

  5. HAHAHA! Good point! I remember when I played a show in the FROZEN tundra of… some cold place… I coudln’t believe people were lined up outside! What troopers! I can only hope we put on a good enough show to make up for the frozen fingers, toes, noses, and everything else!

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