- 12 Feb 19
The country-rock singer-songwriter's new album, Fever Breaks, is produced by Grammy Award-winning musician Jason Isbell.
Josh Ritter has announced that his tenth studio album, Fever Breaks, will be released on April 26, via Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers. The highly anticipated follow up to 2017's Gathering is produced by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, and will feature Isbell's acclaimed band, the 400 Unit. Fever Breaks was recorded in the historic RCA Studio A in Nashville, where legends such as B.B. King, The Beach Boys, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Tony Bennett made iconic recordings.
Last fall, I went to Nashville and made a record. My friend @JasonIsbell produced it and the 400 Unit backed me up. It was a blast to work on. The album is called ‘Fever Breaks’ and it comes out April 26th. I’m so excited to share it! Pre-order: https://t.co/OEJ49b3foD pic.twitter.com/1p7GkZ6Ny9
— Josh Ritter (@joshritter) January 29, 2019
Speaking to Rolling Stone, the American singer-songwriter described the the songs on the album as "very reflective of the times in which they were written":
“As we started coming together and playing, the songs that felt like they were gonna work really jumped out as obvious. From there on, after we recorded in August we had this really nice time to stop and listen and let the songs marinate a little bit. In that time, the world has just become even crazier. There’s a lot of the record that feels reflective of the moment it was in.”
Ritter spent the early days of his music career playing open mic nights in Ireland, until his debut single landed him a opening slot for his friend Glen Hansard's group, The Frames. His 2003 album Hello Starling was also produced by Irish musician Dave Odlum.
Ritter has since gone on to release nine studio albums. Aside from his work as a musician, he also released the New York Times best-selling novel Bright's Passage in 2011.
Ahead of the release of Fever Breaks, Ritter has shared the album's lead single, 'Old Black Magic.'
Listen to 'Old Black Magic' below: