Over the course of his acclaimed career, Ritter has released seven full-length albums, including his most recent, 2013’s The Beast In Its Tracks, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The record also received widespread critical praise—NPR Music called it, “…gorgeous and glorious,” while Pitchfork asserted, “Beast is contemplative and forgiving, a means of burying one relationship to commit to another, and Ritter nicely evokes the excitement and resignation of such a transition.” Additionally, in 2011, Ritter made is debut as a published author with his New York Times best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist.”
From a recent press release: “RELEASED TO WIDESPREAD CRITICAL PRAISE, SERMON ON THE ROCKS WAS RECENTLY NAMED ONE OF POPMATTERS’ “80 BEST ALBUMS OF 2015” WITH NPR MUSIC INCLUDING HIS SONG ‘GETTING READY TO GET DOWN’ IN THEIR ‘FAVORITE SONGS OF 2015’ LIST” Read More…
Previously published at the DailyCamera.com
By Alan Crandall
It was like a whirlwind, a fun time that is now up in smoke. The Colorado favorite Infamous Stringdusters landed in Boulder to celebrate their 4/20 shows this year. After several recent visits to Colorado ski towns the and even a mid Boulder Theater show run excursion up to Breckenridge, the band ended this leg of their Colorado shows on Monday, April 20th at the Boulder Theater.
In their eighth year the Stringdusters are riding on a high wave of success filling theaters, music halls and featured at many festivals across the country.
From a recent press release: “When The Infamous Stringdusters first emerged eight years ago, the band was immediately branded fast-picking Nashville wunderkinds, a new-generation super group built to revive the high lonesome sound. Then came immediate accolades—IBMA awards, a chart-topping self-titled album for Sugar Hill Records and a Grammy nomination for “Best Country Instrumental” (for “Magic No. 9″ from the 2010 album Things That Fly). Incendiary chops, complete with undeniable instrumental virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies, immediately positioned the band to be longstanding bluegrass torchbearers.”
The band members Travis Book on bass, Andy Falco on guitar, Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, Andy Hall on dobro and Chris Pandolfi on banjo have found their stride, sticking with a more traditional bluegrass stage the band is anything but traditional, mixing in wild covers with original tunes in a very high energy performance.
The band surprised a couple of hundred fans on Monday, April 20th by performing a free show on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder starting promptly at 4:20pm.
The Boulder Theater shows also featured Trout Steak Revival and Gipsy Moon, two local bluegrass bands that, in this blogger’s opinion, are on the way to the top of the bluegrass charts.
The Infamous Stringdusters are continuing on their national tour including many festival apperances. Colorado can look forward to seeing them again this summer at RockyGrass in Lyons, Co. Here are some photos and videos from their recent visit. For Tour information visit TheStringdusters.com.
Trout Steak Revival open the Boulder Theater Show on Saturday.
“Get it While You Can” Saturday at the Boulder Theater
The 4/20 free show on Pearl St. Mall at 4:20 pm, Monday.
If there is ever a time to want to be in many locations at one time it is New Year’s Eve. Forget the dropping of the ball in New York City or the wonderful fireworks in Sydney; we have more than enough fun set for the Denver, Boulder area.
The celebrations kick of tonight at Broomfield’s 1st Bank Center with three nights of Colorado’s own String Cheese Incident.
Starting on Tuesday, Dec. 30th, you have the additional options of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver. Also kicking off tomorrow eve is a very special, first time ever, Denver performance for the newly formed Golden Gate Wingmen at Quixotes True Blue in Denver. The Golden Gate Wingmen consist of former Furthur members John Kadlecik and Jeff Chimenti and joining them on stage are Jay Lane and Reed Mathis. According to Live Music and Reviews, “the GGW formed from musicians available on the first night of a recent John K Solo show at Terrapin Crossroads. “John Kadlecik (Furthur, Phil Lesh and Friends, Dark Star Orchestra, and more) on lead guitar and vocals, Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, Ratdog and more) on keyboards, Jay Lane (an original Furthur member, Primus, Ratdog) on drums and Reed Mathis on bass (Jacob Fred’s Jazz Odyssey and most recently Tea Leaf Green.).”
Both bands plan to culminate their Denver visits with New Year’s Eve shows to celebrate 2015.
And if that weren’t enough to get your booty shaking, New Year’s Eve will find Boulder’s West Water Outlaws headlining the Fox Theatre in Boulder. From the bands website: “West Water Outlaws “Paranoid” New Years Eve at the Fox Theatre will feature 1 original set of material + the ENTIRE ALBUM of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”. The Yawpers and In the Whale join the NYE show as special guests for the evening.”
The Hard Working Americans are doing it right. A recently formed super group, melded members of bands like Widespread Panic, Chris Robinson Brotherhood & Great American Taxi, brings a strong sound and lyrics based in Americana rock, with the feeling of both easy and hard driving folk style tunes. The band formed less than a year ago hit the scene as a powerhouse with members, Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly and Duane Trucks.
From the bands Facebook page, “Led by Snider’s intrepid vocals and backed by a band of ace players, the Hard Working Americans created fresh song arrangements to tell stories of the everyman and woman- the frustrated and downtrodden, the gritty and gorgeous, the blue-collar and no-collar- hard working folks that give this country a backbone.”
The band kicked off their Colorado run headlining an event at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellvue, Colorado. Here is a view of their sound check.
Possibly one of the finest tribute bands on tour, Dark Star Orchestra is scheduled to perform at the Boulder Theater for two nights starting Friday, March 28. For over 16 years Dark Star Orchestra, also known to their fans as DSO, has been touring coast to coast paying homage to the music of the Grateful Dead. In fact the band is set to surpass the total number of concerts the Grateful Dead played, 2,318. DSO plans to hold their 2,318th concert in San Francisco on this very tour.
From a recent press release: “For over 16 years, Dark Star Orchestra has embodied the Grateful Dead’s live experience for fans both old and too young to have ever seen their own Grateful Dead show.”
“Numerous guest musicians have sat in with Dark Star Orchestra, including Phish’s Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman, Steve Kimock, Peter Rowan, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Keller Williams, Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes and every living member of the original Grateful Dead.”
Former Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux said of DSO, “Playing with Dark Star Orchestra feels just exactly like it felt when I was playing with the Grateful Dead.”