“How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions.”—The Washington Post“100 Best Living Songwriters”—Paste MagazineThe Beast In Its Tracks, the new album from renowned singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, was released on March 5 on Pytheas Recordings. Of the record, Ritter says, “In the year after my marriage ended, I realized that I had more new songs than I’d ever had at one time. Far from the grand, sweeping feel of the songs on So Runs the World Away, these new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness.” The new album follows Ritter’s 2010 release, So Runs The World Away, of which Bob Boilen from NPR Music declared, “I’ve come to expect good records from him...but this one took my breath away,” while the Boston Globe praised, “quite sensational…marks the finest music he has made.”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.”Following a sold-out spring 2013 tour, this upcoming acoustic tour presents Ritter’s songs stripped down, intimate, and close up.Gregory Alan Isakov“Gregory Alan Isakov taped one of my all-time favorite Daytrotter sessions.” —Sean Moeller, Daytrotter“…an eloquent lyricist who delivers soul-searching ruminations filled with cosmic pondering, nomadic wisdom and plenty of earthy metaphors. His understated voice has a hushed force akin to that of Jose Gonzalez’s and, at its best, the alluring comfort of Paul Simon’s.” —The Washington PostBorn in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now calling Colorado home, Gregory Alan Isakov is a lifelong traveler. With a degree in horticulture, Isakov balances the art of making and exhibiting his music with the art of gardening and connecting to the land. His new album is called The Weatherman.