Josh Ritter announces ‘Gathering’ and world tour

Although he’s flown under the radar of the mainstream, Josh Ritter is beloved by those who have discovered his sturdy, story-driven brand of rock. Now, Ritter has announced a new album and tour that will see him traversing the world with his group The Royal City Band.

The group’s tour will launch on Oct. 22 at the Granada Theater in Dallas, Texas and wraps up on Feb. 16 with a show at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Theatre. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, July 21. VIP packages with premiere seating, a special pre-concert acoustic set, a merch grab bag and meet and greets are available for select shows by clicking here. Get tickets to select dates on the tour right here on AXS.com.

Ritter is touring in support of his upcoming ninth album Gathering, which is out Sept. 22. Calling it “a record of joy and sadness and laughter and lightning,” Ritter says his new album was inspired in part by working with Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir, who appears on the song “When Will I Be Changed.”

“This record is the product of a strange and interesting time,” Ritter recently told NPR. “When I started writing Gathering, I felt tired of living in the shadow of my earlier self, my earlier work — but more than discouraged, I felt charged with the possibility and the freedom of cutting myself loose from my own and others' expectations. I began with an exciting sense of dissatisfaction, and what emerged, as I began to find my voice, was a record full of storms.”

Listen to Ritter’s new song “Showboat” above and browse his full tour itinerary below.

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band
Oct. 22 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Oct. 23 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Oct. 24 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Oct. 25 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
Oct. 27 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Oct. 28 - Portland, ME - State Theater
Oct. 29 - New York, NY - Brooklyn Steel (Click here for tickets)*
Nov. 1 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
Nov. 2 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theater
Nov. 4 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theater
Nov. 5 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Nov. 8 - Toronto, ON  - Opera House
Nov. 9 - Chicago, IL - The Vic
Dec. 2 -  Berlin, DE - Passionskirche
Dec. 3 - Nijmegen, NL  - Doornroosje
Dec. 4 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Dec. 5 - London, UK -  O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Dec. 6 - Belfast, UK - Mandela Hall
Dec. 7 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street (seated show)
Dec. 8 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street (standing show)
Dec. 10 - Limerick, IE - Dolan’s
Dec. 11 - Cork, IE - Cork Opera House
Jan. 12 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Jan. 13 - Houston, TX - Heights Theater
Jan. 15 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
Jan. 16 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up
Jan. 17 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
Jan. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Jan. 20 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Jan. 24 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
Jan. 25 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
Jan. 26 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
Jan. 27 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Jan. 29 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre (Click here for tickets)
Jan. 30 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
Jan. 31 - Minneapolis, MN - Fitzgerald Theater
Feb. 16 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
*Includes digital copy of ‘Gathering’